Shorter and shorter AFs

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Shorter and shorter AFs
Fri, 01-05-2007 - 4:57pm


I may be asking for TMI but I just was periods keep coming closer and closer together. Before my 2 m/c & 2 IVFs my periods were always ) on day 13/14 and AF either 27/28.

Now they have gone down to O on day 10-12 and AF on 25/26. This time AF came after 24 days....HELP I'm freaking out ! I was on BCP for 22 years due to cysts and now it seems like my body never bounced back. AF has always been really light...lasts a day or it's barely there. In addition, cramps are worse.......:-(

We are trying one more time as far as with our RE. I have 2 vials of Follistim injectables left. We are goin for an u/s on Monday then have him put me on the injectables for O induction then we are just doing timed reason to let 600 bucks worth of meds go to waste.

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Sun, 01-07-2007 - 1:24am

You're not alone {{{Sarah}}}. About 4 years ago my periods started getting shorter in length (about 25 days on average) and about one year ago it went from very heavy to very light. So light that many cycles I listed AF as spotting only, and down to about 3 days max. I then skipped last March totally, and this past Dec. also. Burrently on CD 4 of BC pills (without ever having started AF) in hopes of inducing an AF in 3 1/2 weeks, so that I can give Clomid a whirl again.

It's just so frustrating : /




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Fri, 02-02-2007 - 10:38am

My cycles have gotten shorter as I've gotten older. 10 years ago they were about 29/30 days. Now they are 23/24 days and I've even had one that was 21 days. Mine have gotten a lot heavier though, although the days that AF is with me has gotten shorter. I spot for a one or two days, have very very heavy flow for a couple of days (which is pretty miserable) and then practically dry right up.

I think our cycles go through a lot of changes in our late 30's and into our 40's. So you are not alone. I am 41 BTW.


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Registered: 11-04-2006
Fri, 02-02-2007 - 11:32am

I haven't been charting mine so don't even know if it's shorter.

Emily (Ada's maman since 3/14/04)

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Tue, 02-06-2007 - 6:17pm
I can't remember if you said that you get acupuncture?? Acupuncture really lengthened my cycles. I went from a 19 day cycle to a 28 day cycle. This was after a couple of months of weekly acupuncture appointments.
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Registered: 02-21-2003
Tue, 02-13-2007 - 4:06pm

Hi there,

I'm a medical writer and I just finished writing an article on fertility. In doing research for the piece I read that periods do indeed come closer and closer together as women age. That's certainly been the case for me -- they've gone from every 30-31 days in my 20s and early 30s to every 28-29 days in my late 30s and most of my 40s, and most recently down to every 25 days or so.

Cheers, F.

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Registered: 01-14-2007
Tue, 02-13-2007 - 11:56pm

Hey Freelance,

Can you share any of the stuff you learned while writing your article (about fertility)?

My period's been consistent since my younger days--about 28 days (except this time it took 32 days and almost tricked me into thinking I was pregnant!). My period still lasts the same length--about 5 to 7 days total. But the thing that's changed for me is how it starts. Before when I was pre-40, I had one day of trickling and then the flowing part would start on day 2 (sorry to be gross). Nowadays, it takes about 2 or 3 days of light trickling before the gushing starts (OK, I know--TMI! TMI!).

This is my second period since my last miscarriage, but man, this one really hurts. I have more cramping than usual. If I was pregnant, I'd think I was miscarrying again (but it has been confirmed that I wasn't pregnant this time around, so at least I know that's not the case). My left side is killing me and my lower back hurts. The good thing is I can take an Advil since I don't have a little bean to protect. But ugh, I'm not used to cramps like this... :-( I wonder if having been on the Prometrium pills (progesterone) is making it worse. Although, I've taken those before and I don't remember them affecting me like this...


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Registered: 02-27-2007
Sat, 03-10-2007 - 3:21pm
I am 41 1/2. About 1, 1.5 years ago I went from a reliable 33 day cycle to a 28 day cycle. My OB/GYN mentioned that is one of the reasons why older women have trouble conceiving. On the positive side, she didn't think that 41 was too old to conceive. And I'm still hoping that a reliable 28 days will be enough! She also mentioned that this is typical as you get closer to menopause - AF gets closer together and heavier. Doesn't seem fair, does it?
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Registered: 02-28-2007
Sat, 03-10-2007 - 9:46pm
I always thought 28 days was the norm. I've been on a 28 day cycle since I was young (teens, 20's, 30's and now 40's). Last month was weird--I got my cycle after 32 days. This month, after 25. Uh oh...


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Registered: 03-28-2003
Sun, 03-11-2007 - 10:53am

Hi Ladies,

Just a note. In January after I posted this, I started adding a B-6 50mg. in the morning and a B-Complex at night like the fertility recipe at .

My cycles for the previous 3-4 months had gone down to 23 days. Well, last cycles I was back up to 26 days....YAY ! I had read that increased vitamin B's will lengthen luteal phase and I think that's what's going on. Will continue to monitor and let you know. In addition, my O had gone down as far as day 10 but it's back up to day 13 last month and this......might be the vitamin B, might not but I wanted to share this.

Hapyy BDing !!!!

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Tue, 03-13-2007 - 2:33pm
Sarah that is great! Those changes sound so positive.

Emily (Ada's maman since 3/14/04)