AIBU to want longer, heavier periods?(14 Posts)
Mad I know but since turning 30 (am now 32) my very regular periods have changed from 4-5 days (heavy-medium-light flow) to 1-2 days (medium-light flow) followed by a day or 2 of spotting.
DH and I are TTC and although we've not been trying long enough for there to be any alarm, I feel like my previous periods were healthier and indicative of a stronger uterine environment!
Had some bloods taken to asses thyroid, AMH and all fine so no sign of perimenopause. Just waiting for FSH test results now.
Do I need to worry? Anyone had a baby with these regular but short periods? How would I make them longer/increase flow? Do I even need to?
Me, I was like that at your age. Fell pregnant within two weeks! Everyone is different. Don't panic.
I have light periods and have conceived very easily twice. I count myself very lucky!
Thanks for the replies! I thought you would think I was mad wanting longer heavier periods but its just so different to how I used to be!
Dr ran some bloods for AMH and thyroid like I said and also FSH but that blood test was today as day 3 of cycle so will hear back on Monday.
Dr also said your cycle can change every 5-7 years and it doesn't mean my fertility is down - in fact my AMH (egg reserve) is apparently in the good range - here was me thinking I was drying up and heading for menopause!
TTC makes you crazy!
I understand your worry but as a suffer of heavy painful periods (pass out in a pool of blood on narcotics just to survive painful) you don't want it. I actually worried I'd have trouble conceiving because endometriosis was suggested, but I got pregnant on the pill so my fear was unfounded.
I wouldn't worry about having light periods, it's usually heavy painful ones that are indicative of an issue
Thanks Tali - sorry to hear you have such problems - I don't mean to be insensitive as I know some people have horrific heavy painful periods (best friend suffers terribly due to PCOS).
I think it's just the change from my previous 'normal' 4-5 day period to this scanty 1-2 day flow that panicked me somewhat!
Maybe the GP is right and it's just a change to my cycle that doesn't mean anything!
Really pleased that you didn't have any fertility issues and conceived without problems!
Just to share my story, I was on the mini pill for a long time which stopped my periods completely. When I came off it to ttc my periods were extremely light. I'd been on the pill so long I couldn't really remember my pre-pill periods that well but I knew they were heavier. We had no luck ttc for over a year so I went to the doctor for tests and was found to be ovulating normally but had very severe anaemia. I was on iron tablets for several months and my periods gradually got heavier until by the time I was back up to normal, iron wise, my periods were more how I remembered them pre-pill. I fell pregnant shortly afterwards. I haven't had any medical diagnosis or anything but I'm convinced that the problem was that I was so anaemic my womb lining wasn't thick enough to support an egg!
Sounds counter intuitive because anaemia is often associated with heavy periods due to the blood loss but mine was a dietary issue.
Your doctor will probably have ordered your blood tests to check for things like iron levels as well as hormones so on the off chance you are the same as me, it should be picked up!
If i remember rightly the length of your luteal phase is more important than the length/strength of your period.
The luteal phase is the bit between your ovulation day and the start of your period. Ideally this should be no less than 13 or 14 days. This gives the egg time to implant before your body begins to 'flush out' the uterine lining.
There are ways to lengthen your LT. One is acupuncture. It worked for me
even though i was sceptical.
My GP actually suggested acupuncture as I also suffer from hormonal acne but so far all blood tests aren't showing anything and I def don't have low iron as I donate blood regularly.
I chart BBT and think my LP is 12 days although my temp doesn't go much higher than cover line but it does go up so we'll see if acupuncture changes things any!
Really appreciate all the replies! X
Hi op I had very short periods while ttc my second. They were also a bit tmi clotty? Went to an acupuncturist and he said to try increase blood flow to the uterus thru acupuncture and eating warming foods I can't remember what exactly but yoghurt was out, cut up fresh ginger and mix with hot water to make a tea and to dry my hair before leaving the house as I had a habit of going out with wet hair, it may be of some help to you. Best of luck ttc can really be mind boggling
Ah, 12 day LP is a little on the short side (although not as bad as 8 or 9 as some struggle with). Mine was about that.
Chose an acupuncturist who specialises in fertility issues if you can OP. My treatment lengthened my LP, lessened the clots, and lessened the amount of 'spotting' days at each end. Which needed doing apparently. He worked on relaxation around ovulation time and 2ww too. Which i badly needed after TTC for 2 years. (he also sorted my neck pain and DHs bad back. Happy days ).
I was about to post YES! YABU but I suppose it's different when trying to conceive.
But over the many thousands of years all the women with very light periods would have been evolved out of the species if volume of flow made a difference to fertility.
I may be wrong...
Just wanted to reassure you. I used to have very long and heavy periods back in the day but as I've got older they have reduced to 2-3 days of light flow and spotting. I also have a 9 day luteal phase and have managed to have 2 babies! First time was quick but the second time took 7 months. My cycles went a bit mental after having DS so I did resort to acupuncture and it definitely helped 'settle' things! Good luck X
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