I am kind of confused and have an appt for my annual gyn appt next month but not sure if anyone has experience or suggestions. I am 34 years old and have been on birthcontrol since I was 21. Over a year ago my health insurance changed my birth control bills from the generic Nortel 777 back to the full regular Orthro Novum 777. Ever since then I get barely there periods (i.e. just brown stringy stuff when I wipe, nothing on pad) maybe 1 day a month. I do get PMS but no bloating or other symptoms. I have had no sexual activity in over a year so I know its not pregnancy. I did quit smoking in Septemeber but that would not explain the year long experience I am having. Could this be early menopause? Should I ask my doctor to check? Can you. Not sure what to do here. Could this mean Im infertile? Its just scary and strange. Any advise would help.