Post # 1
Hi all! Ever since I came off the pill my periods have been short and light. They have been even lighter than when I was on the pill. I went on the pill as a teenager because I had such bad cramps and heavy flow, so I have no idea what they would be like now, 13 or so years later.
However, to get to the point of my post, I am worried that I cannot concieve with my extremely light periods. The last one barely lasted two days. My cycles are 25-26 days long the last couple of months. I’m worried about the length of the cycle and also the thickness of my uterine lining, since my periods are so light. Does anyone else have a similar cycle and have been able to concieve?
I did try to make an appointment in a clinic to talk about my concerns but they take phone consultations before making appointments. The doctor didn’t seem very interested in my concerns on the phone and just told me to try for another 6 months before calling back for an appointment.
Post # 2
How long have you been off the pill?
When I came off before my first pregnancy, my cycles started about 23-25 days and slowly lengthened to 28-30 over the six months before I got pregnant (should be noted, I wasn’t trying that whole time, I came off early to regulate). I didn’t have periods as light as yours, but mine were definitely lighter than on the pill the whole time. It is probably just an adjustment period, if you were on a fairly low hormone pill then your body still produces hormones but less, and has to adjust back after which can happen ASAP or take a while.
I can’t really comment on quality of lining etc, but if you’ve only been off the pill a few months then things are probably still sorting themselves out. Hope it works out for you whether or not your periods get more normal!
Post # 3
I had very short and light cycles and was not able to conceive naturally. Am currently 25 weeks pregnant with baby #1 after 6 IUIs and 5 rounds of IVF. We also had other issues so I don’t mean to scare you. But I’d look into having your amh and fsh tested if your periods don’t regulate. I had been off the pill for years and my periods never got longer/heavier. Light/short cycles can be a sign of diminished ovarian reserve. It makes it difficult (but nowhere near impossible) to conceive. Another factor is where you are ovulating in your cycle. With a short cycle, you’re more likely to ovulate earlier. I tended to ovulate between days 8-10. If you’re basing conception off an average cycle, most fertility apps will say your fertile period begins on day 11. If you’re using that only, you’d likely miss ovulation if you ovulate early. You could temp or try digitiL fertility monitor like ava or clear blue digital to figure out where you are ovulating in your cycle and if you’re missing your fertility window. I will say, I had many monitored cycles and my follicles were very developed early in my cycle and I tended to surge early. If we didn’t have any other issues, it is very possible we could have conceived naturally even with these problems so I wouldn’t stress yet. If you’ve been trying for awhile already, I’d find a different dr who will listen to your concerns. But if you just started and your concerns are based solely on your cycle (vs how long you’ve actually been trying) it’s not that uncommon for doctors to not pursue testing or treatment at this stage because it takes the average couple 8 months – 1 year to conceive. Good luck!
Post # 4
When you say light cycles, do you only fill a light tampon for those two days? I’ve had short cycles since coming off the pill in June 2016. My period only lasted 2-3 days, and my cycles were 24-25 days. We started trying in December 2016. I conceived on my 9th cycles trying. I also didn’t have much for CM, but I charted, so I knew I was ovulating and my FP and LP were healthy lengths.
Postpartum, again, my cycles have been 24-26 days (conceived twice on 24 day cycles). I usually get one heavy/medium flow day, one light day, and maybe some spotting for a day or two.
Are you temping? Do you track CM and use OPKs? The biggest concern early on would be to see if your LPs are a healthy length and make sure you’re ovulating.
FWIW, my husband was on SSRIs our entire first time TTC (an SNRI last time, it took us 7 cycles for our current pregnancy including a CP) which is what we believe took us so long. My doctor and his doctor wouldn’t order us an SSRI even though it can affect male fertility, mostly due to the sexual side effects. They told us we had to wait until we were TTC for a year.
Post # 5
I had a similar pattern when I came off my mirena coil last December. My cycles started at 24 days and gradually lengthened to 26/27 days. My periods are not heavy – I can use a regular tampon for upto 8 hours if I needed to on my two “heavy” days. I’m currently pregnant – naturally. Depending on how old you are and how long you’ve been off BC, I would say the doctor you spoke to has given reasonable advice to see how it settles, but there’s nothing stopping you calling back if you need some more information or reassurance.
Post # 6
Short cycles and light periods are not in themselves signs of any issues with fertility. Your cycle is made up of three phases, follicular (where you mature an egg) ovulation (release the egg) luteral phase (when implantation from a pregnancy occurs. It’s the length of this phase that is important. You need at least 10 days from ovulation to period to allow an egg time to implant. This stage also usually stays the same length.
id suggest tracking your ovulation for a few months to see where things fall in your cycle.
fwiw I have 30 day cycles and stupidly heavy period (fill night time pads in a few hours) and I had trouble conceiving.
Post # 7
I just re-read my response. Omg. Our doctors wouldn’t order us an SA**** until a year TTC. Not an SSRI. Lol
Post # 8
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Sounds like the place you called just waived you off with the usual advice (try for 6 months if you’re over 35, or 12 months if you’re under 35), but in my (totally non-medically qualified) opinion, a short light cycle should be a flag for a fertility specialist that something may be wrong. It should be a pretty simple thing to test too – an RE should be able to figure out when is the best time in your cycle to measure your lining during an ultrasound. I had shorter lighter periods after my D&C but my cycle length never changed. I grilled my RE about my lining but he isn’t worried. I think my periods are actually starting to get back to a normal length and heaviness now so I’m not as concerned but the potential of their being an issue with my uterus or my lining was the first thought I had when I noticed my periods were very short and light.
Post # 9
mrsnnn3 : I have been off the pill for 4 months now. I was around 27/28 the first couple of months which I thought was great, but it seems to get shorter by a day each month now.
littleanchor : SeaOfLove : I have been temping and using OPKs. I didn’t ovulate for my first full cycle off the pill but I have on day 14 like clockwork since then. So I guess that leaves me with 11-12 day luteal phases for the last couple of months.
thosethreewords : I would say I’m about the same as you, heaviness wise!
Thanks everybody for your stories and advice. It really helps to hear from you all 🙂
Post # 10
I have always had pretty short periods (3 days) and usually don’t even bleed enough to really use a tampon. But I have 3 healthy kids, so it’s obviously not been an issue for me. Hope it’s not an issue for you either.
Post # 11
BakingQueen : It sounds like you have a pretty healthy LP! I wouldn’t worry too much about it since you’re tracking and everything sounds like it’s working the way it should be.