My period problem

Posted by bozaboza12 @bozaboza12, Sep 27 7:42pm

My periods are not normal they take longer than normal or not come at all. I like to know what is the problem

Hi @bozaboza12 Ah, the ever complex female plumbing… Having unpredictable periods is frustrating for sure. Is this something relatively new for you? Have your cycles always been irregular?

I have to ask, are you possibly entering peri-menopause? That can happen anytime in our 40s. Or any change in our hormone levels can effect our periods at any age.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/perimenopause/symptoms-causes/syc-20354666
I started having issues in my late 30s when my ‘like clockwork’ periods came every 21 days instead of 28. They were lighter but lasted longer! My patience wore thin!

Might be time for a checkup and a blood test to check your hormone levels. When’s the last time you had a visit with your gynecologist?

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@loribmt

Hi @bozaboza12 Ah, the ever complex female plumbing… Having unpredictable periods is frustrating for sure. Is this something relatively new for you? Have your cycles always been irregular?

I have to ask, are you possibly entering peri-menopause? That can happen anytime in our 40s. Or any change in our hormone levels can effect our periods at any age.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/perimenopause/symptoms-causes/syc-20354666
I started having issues in my late 30s when my ‘like clockwork’ periods came every 21 days instead of 28. They were lighter but lasted longer! My patience wore thin!

Might be time for a checkup and a blood test to check your hormone levels. When’s the last time you had a visit with your gynecologist?

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I'm only 20 and this is new

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@bozaboza12

I'm only 20 and this is new

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Well darn…being older would have made this easier! ☺️ We can blame everything on menopause.

Has anything changed in your life over the past few months? More stress, increased exercise? How many cycles have you gone through since this began?
Did you have a Covid vaccine? There have been reports by young women of a change in their cycles after having the vaccine.

Tossing out another link to abnormal periods for you. Not saying that yours are abnormal but they have changed. Generally if periods are becoming more inconsistent over a period of 3-5 months it might be time for a visit to your friendly gynecologist.
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14633-abnormal-menstruation-periods

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@loribmt

Well darn…being older would have made this easier! ☺️ We can blame everything on menopause.

Has anything changed in your life over the past few months? More stress, increased exercise? How many cycles have you gone through since this began?
Did you have a Covid vaccine? There have been reports by young women of a change in their cycles after having the vaccine.

Tossing out another link to abnormal periods for you. Not saying that yours are abnormal but they have changed. Generally if periods are becoming more inconsistent over a period of 3-5 months it might be time for a visit to your friendly gynecologist.
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14633-abnormal-menstruation-periods

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Nothing has changed and I haven't been vaccinated

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@bozaboza12

Nothing has changed and I haven't been vaccinated

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It doesn’t take much to throw off the hormone levels of estrogen and progesterone in our bodies. Weight loss, weight gain, being athletic, stress, change of seasons, changes in circadian rhythm, etc., can impact our cycles.

In my teens I was very athletic, with little body fat. That stalled my periods for several months at a time. Later, when out of school and aggressive training wasn’t part of my daily regiment, my period regulated. But there would be months when it would fall out of sync. It took me years to realize that I’d have disruptions in my cycle every fall as the season’s changed. The circadian rhythm was disrupted. My daughter also has the same thing happen. It’s not uncommon. Talking with other friends over the years, many of them have similar stories.

Hormones are responsible for regulating our menstrual cycles so when there is something disrupting that normalcy you may possibly go a month or two without a period. At your age, the odds of having something serious as the cause would be pretty minimal. Being 20 and having irregular periods isn’t alarming but you’ve noticed a change.

So I’d keep an eye on this for a couple months and if you don’t go back to a normal rhythm, or develop headaches, unexplained mood swings, that type of thing, I’d suggest making an appointment with a gynecologist. You’re in your 20s so it’s time anyway for establishing a contact with a women’s health professional.

Do you feel you have mood swings or PMS even in months you skip your period?
https://www.verywellhealth.com/reasons-you-missed-your-period-2757503

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@loribmt

It doesn’t take much to throw off the hormone levels of estrogen and progesterone in our bodies. Weight loss, weight gain, being athletic, stress, change of seasons, changes in circadian rhythm, etc., can impact our cycles.

In my teens I was very athletic, with little body fat. That stalled my periods for several months at a time. Later, when out of school and aggressive training wasn’t part of my daily regiment, my period regulated. But there would be months when it would fall out of sync. It took me years to realize that I’d have disruptions in my cycle every fall as the season’s changed. The circadian rhythm was disrupted. My daughter also has the same thing happen. It’s not uncommon. Talking with other friends over the years, many of them have similar stories.

Hormones are responsible for regulating our menstrual cycles so when there is something disrupting that normalcy you may possibly go a month or two without a period. At your age, the odds of having something serious as the cause would be pretty minimal. Being 20 and having irregular periods isn’t alarming but you’ve noticed a change.

So I’d keep an eye on this for a couple months and if you don’t go back to a normal rhythm, or develop headaches, unexplained mood swings, that type of thing, I’d suggest making an appointment with a gynecologist. You’re in your 20s so it’s time anyway for establishing a contact with a women’s health professional.

Do you feel you have mood swings or PMS even in months you skip your period?
https://www.verywellhealth.com/reasons-you-missed-your-period-2757503

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No I don't feel any mood swings

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@bozaboza12

To add to what Lori has said..

Medications… over-the-counter, herbal, or prescription can also effect periods. If you take birth control it can effect your period. .. even stopping it. The world has come a long way since I was your age.. 1971 ages ago 🙂

My best advice is to visit a gynecologist to make sure all is well.

ZeeGee

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my periods changed and i was officially diagnosed with hashimoto’s in january when i went to detox and get full checkup before trying to have a baby right after getting married in november… never knew i had it but it made so much sense when i looked back on my symptoms in my 20s in college. I was on birth control to regulate my periods starting age 18 and stayed on them because the constancy was good cramping much less… but early 20s gained weight even though worked out so much, had irritability, moody, irregular periods for about 8months maybe… and i believe that’s when my hashimoto’s presented itself now that im aware what it is and educated myself on it. it’s very menstral cycle reliant and changes constantly. maybe this could be something your doctor looks into? check for TPO Antibody. Also the vaccine changed my cycle bog time… and nobody warned me… so given i was and still am TTC it was frustrating because I can never predict when i ovulate now… I consider that might be a symptom of you do decide to get vaccinated. integrative medicine has helped me much more than regular medical practice these days…

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