Extremely Short Periods

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Lin - May 3

In the last six months, I've had three periods that were only 1 day each. The others haven't been more than 2 or 3 days, not including spotting. While I was on the pill, they were 3 days long, and before the pill 5 days. I've been dismissing these as just strange periods, but it hasn't seemed to change. Has anyone else experienced this? Anyone have any idea what might cause it? My first suspicion was endometriosis, since I had an endometrioma removed from one of my ovaries a couple years ago, and at that time the doctor found a teensy little spot of endo (and removed that as well). Last month was really strange for me, because I had an 18 day luteal phase and never got a positive hpt, so I know it wasn't an early miscarriage. But what doesn't make sense to me is that endo normally causes luteal phase defects - short luteal phases - and mine was very long last month and is normally at least 15 days. Has anyone ever heard of endo causing a *long* luteal phase? I can't seem to find any information anywhere that indicates that it can. Another thing that makes me suspect endo is some pain I was having a couple days ago. I was standing up for a long time washing a huge acc_mulation of dishes, and by the end of it I was nearly doubling over in pain that felt like strong menstrual cramps (that was on cd 6, so too early for O cramps). It's normal for me to have abdominal pain when sitting for extended periods, due to adhesions from a previous laparoscopy, but not standing, and that pain is normally confined to the groin area. Anyone have some thoughts on this?

 

staci - May 3

Gosh Lin, I did some research also and couldn't find anything pertaining to your situation..Only thing I found is that you could be having anovulatory cycles or PCOS, those 2 are are the only things that showed up..I also looked up endo and your symptoms don't pertain to that..doesn't mean it's not the problem though...Have you been to the dr. yet? You may go ahead and go if you haven't yet, he/she will probably want to see you...especially with your pains...I hope someone else can help you more!

 

heart_nurse - May 3

Lin, you should probably just to go to see your physician within the next few days to discuss the issue. Sounds like you have quite a bit of history, so it could be related to a number of things.

 

Lin - May 3

Thanks ladies. Staci - I know I'm not anovulatory, as I've been temping for 5 months and have always have a very distinct thermal shift. I'll probably hold off on seeing the doctor for awhile, since there is no obvious problem, and I know she is always insanely busy. I mean, I have no real reason to think that I have any fertility issues, since I can't find anything saying that short periods are a problem, so I might just wait until the year mark. I'll be due for an annual then anyway. Again, thanks!

 

jeanette - May 3

Symptoms of endo usually include an insanely heavy period, severe cramping during period, and pain during s_x. I have had shorter periods too....The only thing my Doc suggested could be the cause of my shortening periods was being perimenopausal---women still having regular cycles but with changes in the length and/or amount of flow. Maybe a hormonal imbalance? And those cramps you had---have you ever had big cysts? That sounded like the cramps I get when they burst, and they can at any time, sitting, standing, bending over, laying on your stomach, etc.....for me they always seemed to burst when I have a surge of hormones---middle of follicular phase, beginning or mid-luteal phase. Just some random info I thought may be helpful...

 

Lin - May 3

Thanks very much for your input, Jeanette. The pain I had wasn't sharp pain at all like I would expect if a cyst burst. It was more of a deep ache, like menstrual cramps. I have had a big cyst before, but I had it removed (the lap that caused the adhesions), so I don't actually know what a bursting one feels like. Do you really think perimenopause could start as early as 33 (well, I'll actually be 34 next month)?

 

Bing - May 3

Hi Lin! I wish I had an answer for you...I've been experiencing the same thing but without the extreme cramping. My AF usually always lasted for 4-5 days, but over the last 4 months it's dropped down to 2, at most 3 days...with really only 1 day of AF and the other 1 or 2 days of very light brown spotting. I've been on Clomid by last two cycles so I'm not sure if that's a factor. However, I didn't notice any change in my luteal phase. I definitely agree you should speak to your dr. about this. I would think that although it's normal to have short periods it's not normal to have the cramping you're experiencing where you're doubled over! Give your dr. a call before it has a chance to become worse!

 

Lin - May 3

Thanks Bing! I actually haven't had any cramping since then. That's why that hasn't really worried me. But if it happens again, I promise I'll call my doc.

 

Angelttc2 - May 3

Hi Lin! I would guess that it is from the adhesions. I am an RN, and I work in an emergency room. We have seen patients come in for severe abdominal pain and its caused by adhesions from previous surgeries. Another thought is kidney stones. They can cause severe pain in the back and flank area and come in spasms. As for the luteal phase, I have no idea:). Hope you get to feeling better.

 

Lala - May 3

Lin, remember what you told me?. . . . .'it is NOT possible for your luteal phase to vary by that much not matter what'. HA HA! LOL!*******See, the truth is, just as a doc told me, 'a women's body can do what ever it wants!' LOL LOL! I think our bodies just pull these weird things to keep us guessing. Hang in there, I bet you'll be pregnant next month.

 

staci - May 3

you're right, i couldn't find anything saying short periods were a problem either...could be something to that hormonal imbalance though...Not necessarily perimenopause, but maybe some other imbalance..did you have a chance to look that up yet? Not sure when that typically starts...anyway, glad that there doesn't seem to be a problem fertility wise! good luck lin

 

Lala - May 3

Staci, you mentioned PCOS. My doc just diagnosed me with this. He says that it can cause a significant variation in the luteal phase. Who knows, though.? I think it's just normal for our bodies to do something weird every now and then. Most women just aren't paying enough attention to their bodies to notice.

 

Lala - May 3

Oh, I forgot to say that PCOS can also cause short periods (at least that's what I remember from somewhere). I have those too.

 

Lin - May 3

Lala, there's no inconsistency here with what I said to you before. I said that your luteal phase cannot vary by more than a few days, and 18 days is only 2 days longer than my previous longest luteal phase. You were trying to claim before that it could vary by two weeks! Anyway, thanks for the positivity, but I def won't be pregnant next month, because we're holding off on trying for a month or two so I can get into my new job first. Thanks everyone for all the advice and suggestions. I really appreciate it.

 

Lala - May 3

ughh, I keep forgetting something! LOL! It can also cause the cramping at unusual times in your cycle. I have that too.

 

Keeli - May 3

Lala, I recognize all of those symptoms of PCOS. I was diagnosed with PCOS last summer. I generally have regular cycles at between 28 to 30 days. I generally ovulate at the same time every month, but every once in a while every thing goes wacky. I also have very short af, compared to what I used to have in my 20s. Its now just a day or two then minor spotting. Every year it gets shorter and shorter. I also have different types of cramping through out the cycle. I have sharp ovulation pains (which I have heard may be a sign of endo) and then various times I will simply 'feel' like af is about to start. I'm trying soy this cycle to help strengthen my ovulation. What are you doing?

 

jeanette - May 3

Hey Lin.....the cyst pain I have had is not at all like you would think it would be---like a huge burst and very sudden sharp pain.....it usually creeps up, starts off like dull AF cramps or bowel gas pains then gradually gets worse until it feels like your worst menstrual or gas cramp times 10.....not piercing pain, just deep overwhelming burning pain. The first time I had one, I actually went to sit on the potty thinking I had some bad diarrhea coming...As far as Peri-menopausal, they say mid to late thirties is not usual, but not uncommon....you could have all the symptoms or just one. Have any hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, early waking, mood swings, mild depression, v____al dryness, irritability, decrease in s_x drive? At any rate, with a shortened period, I would say there is a hormone imbalance there, most likely estrogen...since your luteal phase seems normal, it shouldnt be a deficiency in progesterone- which causes luteal phase defects....Hmm, Doc said isoflavones in soy actually have estrogen-like compounds that may help with a deficiency. You should mention it to Doc maybe?

 

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