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Changes to menstrual cycle - baffled

(7 Posts)
TanyaBranning Sat 30-Jul-11 14:41:51

My periods have become really weird this year. They fluctuate between very short (24 days) for a few months and then suddenly longer (34 days), and are extremely heavy for 2 or 3 days (have to change a tampon and heavy duty sanitary towel every 1-2 hours) and then disappear, but I then get tiny annoying bits of brown spotting for a week afterwards.

I had my last smear last year (was fine) and have had bloods and an internal recently (normal). GP has referred me for an ultrasound to rule out fibroids, but I had one late last year and it was fine, so they would had to have developed in the last few months.

I am 34 so pretty sure its not the menopause! Any ideas as to what is going on?

TanyaBranning Sat 30-Jul-11 14:42:16

should say my cycle fluctuates 24-34 days

ihatethecold Sun 31-Jul-11 12:10:43

they sound just like mine. i was given ,methonemic acid (sp)to help. i had lots of pain with mine. like labour pains at times.
i wonder if my age is part of the reason? im 37.
havent helped you i know . maybe someone else will have advice

orangeflutie Sun 31-Jul-11 20:15:16

Sounds like you may have endometriosis as your periods sound like mine used to be about 18 months ago.

It often doesn't show up on a scan so can be missed. You may need to talk to your doctor and get a referral to a gynaecologist.

Katisha Sun 31-Jul-11 20:17:54

You haven't lost a significant amount of weight recently? I found being on a diet really affected the regularity.

melodyangel Sat 06-Aug-11 01:17:35

My periods have changed over the last few months too. Always been heavy and about 26 days apart but now 21 days apart, spotting for a few days before then super heavy for two days (need to change tampons each hour) then settle down and stop on day 6/7. I'm 36.

Any ideas anyone? Should I go to the doctors. I hate going. Bad experiences, infact have only gone when expecting.

Hope things are getting sorted for you OP.

RockyRaccoon Sat 06-Aug-11 01:37:11

Mind have gone a bit weird too, I've started having long and short cycles when they've always been extremely regular. They're not any heavier though. I'm 35 so it could be an age thing.

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