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My cycles are shortening

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morningpaper Sat 22-Aug-09 11:32:11

I'm 34. Having consulted my Menstrual Spreadsheet it cannot be denied that my cycles have gone from 28 days to 25 days over the last year.

Do I need to DO anything at this point or do I just start knitting and wait for death to come?

purplepeony Sat 22-Aug-09 16:05:15

don't panic- you could have another 20 years before meno!

My cycles gradually shortened from 35 days in my teens & early 20s, to 30, 28, etc etc until 17 days at times at 52!

Hormonesnomore Sat 22-Aug-09 16:30:48

Your menstrual spreadsheet? hmm grin

morningpaper Sat 22-Aug-09 16:31:22

surely everyone has one blush

morningpaper Sat 22-Aug-09 16:32:03

So do cycles shorten over time then? I seem to know NOTHING about the menopause. How did I get to my mid-thirties and not know anything about it?

Hormonesnomore Sat 22-Aug-09 16:34:12

Mine went from 28 days to 21 after birth of DC1. Then at the age of 38, they changed to every 10 days or so, then 6 monthly, yearly, then poof! All gone. smile No more periods, no hot flushes, nothing. It's not the end of the world, just the end of periods - yay!

FabBakerGirlIsBack Sat 22-Aug-09 16:35:43

My spreadsheet consists of writing a symbol on the calendar 4 weeks after my period starts so I DH can buy chocolate and wineI can watch out for the next one.

LadyGlencoraPalliser Thu 03-Sep-09 14:23:04

I'm 45 and mine have been every 21 days since DC3 was born 7 years ago. Looking forward to getting rid of them altogether now.

jeminthecellar Thu 03-Sep-09 14:28:00

I laughed at the start knitting and wait for death to come..!

My periods used to start properly, now I have some spotting for a few days before, sometimes up to a week...AND I get clots....AND sometimes I feel like an artery has been slashed iykwim.

It's called the pre-menopause I believe. Have never had a menstrual chart to consult though. Don't know about shorter menstrual cycle, but it could be on the list of 1,000 symptoms of pre-menopause.

I'll get the wool out too shall I? he he.

sfxmum Thu 03-Sep-09 16:10:07

think I might be on the same boatshock
and I do have a spread sheet have kept it for years

they are now hovering around 28-26 days when the norm was 30-35

sfxmum Thu 03-Sep-09 16:11:07

and can I blame my extreme crankiness on it too?

LadyGlencoraPalliser Thu 03-Sep-09 16:13:03

Oh yes, I have the spotting for days beforehand thing going on too. V annoying.
And several days of PMT.

sfxmum Thu 03-Sep-09 16:13:42

yes spotting too am clearly doomed

CybilLiberty Thu 03-Sep-09 16:14:08

My periods are every 21 days too. Hacks me right off.

TigerFeet Thu 03-Sep-09 16:18:08

A menstrual spreadsheet? Why didn't I think of doing one of those??? And now I'm going to have to wait until I start having periods again. Harrumph.

Snorter Mon 28-Sep-09 21:08:18

Yup, shortening cycle MAY reflect reduced ovarian reserve so approaching menopause, but there is no clear time scale. Other hormonal upsets can shorten the cycle too though.

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