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Am I infertile?

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SomewhereInbetween1 · 14/02/2019 17:40

I have never had steady periods in my life. Unlike my mum who could tell you the date based on her cycles and always got 7 days of heavy to medium bleeding, I never know when mine will come.

Up until about 4 years ago, I could go anywhere from three to nine months without a period, and when it did come it lasted around 4-5 days and was very heavy for the first day, and then very light for the remainder. However over the last four years something has changed and I now find myself in the position of having a "period" every 3-4 months, but it lasts only about 2 days, and when I say "it lasts" what I'm actually referring to is an almost dissmissable slight pink flourish that I only notice as a result of wiping after a wee. I've never in my life bled through anything.

I've had a blood test and all came back clear and the only medication I'm on is thyroxine. My doctor is generally unconcerned but I can't shake the feeling that something isn't right, but I don't know where to go from here. Are fertility tests offered on the NHS or will I need to go private? Do I even need a test and if I do what sort of test would I ask for? I'd just like to know what is going on in my body ☹️

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AttilaTheMeerkat · 15/02/2019 09:05

My periods, or lack of them, were also very much as you describe.

What are your thyroid levels like now? Problems with the thyroid gland can indeed cause irregular periods too as can a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (this is what I was diagnosed with).

I would be asking the GP for a referral to a gynae or endocrinologist; your thyroid levels need to be properly checked and blood tests redone to see if there is any indication of there being polycystic ovaries.

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