Extremely Short Periods

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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?

 

looby - May 3

Hi Lin, Just wandered when you stopped taking the pill, I'm probably barking up the wrong tree (apologies if I am) but before I went on the pill I used to get AF every 2 weeks, went on the pill and AF was every 3 weeks, came off pill and AF was still 3 weekly for months before it went bact to every 2 weeks. I Know it's different from what you've described, but it just goes to show how it can take a while for your body to sort itself out after being on the pill. If it's any help I found another forum www.forums.obgyn.net, I noticed there were some entries about shorter periods. Also do you often get the menstrual cramp like pains at strange times in your cycle, if you do it could be IBS, i had it before I got pregnant with baby no.1 and it does feel exactly like pre AF pains, but occasionally you can get the intense pain which makes you double over as you described. The great thing was, pregnancy seemed to be a cure for it-haven't had it since! (Although am wanderig if my recent phantom pregnancy, could be this again).

 

Lin - May 4

Thanks a lot Jeanette. I think you've convinced me to see my doc! No, thankfully I don't have any of the perimenopause symptoms you mention. I also don't think that my cramps the other day were as bad as you describe - definitely not a burning pain. At any rate, I'll see what the doc has to say. I actually have yet to meet her, because every time I've had an appointment I've seen the CNA instead. Maybe this will give me a chance to finally see the doc. Thanks a lot Looby, but I do know that already and have repeated the post-bcp hormonal roller coaster mantra to many a person on this forum over the last several months. I stopped the pill back in October after being on it for 15 years or so (various different bcps). Thanks very much for that other forum reference!

 

soimpatient - May 4

If I were you I'd go to the doctor but that is just me and I'm soimpatient. My doctor says that typically they don't investigate fertility issues unless you have been TTC for more than a year or more than 6 months if you are over 30 years old or if you have irregular cycles. If you are anxious to conceive your doc will be able to 1)re-a__sure you that there are not any fertility issues or 2)get the ball rolling for treatments.

 

Emma2 - May 4

Lin, Im not expert on endo but I think it would cause heavy , painful periods...Not sure though

 

Lin - May 4

Yeah, I know that. The reason why I just asked specifically about endo is because I read on another forum that short periods can indicate it too. Of course, it was just another web forum, so who knows what the accuracy of that statement is. Thanks soimpatient! I'm only asmidgeimpatient, so I probably will call the doc but not immediately.

 

jeanette - May 4

Hey Lin.....I found this on the internet.....I know you like to research things.....can ya find out the pros and cons on this one?...oh yeah, take out the dashes if there are any.......http://www.wholehealthmd.com/news/viewarticle/1,1513,18,00.html

 

Lin - May 4

Hm, interesting. I suppose it couldn't hurt to up my soy intake. One of my favorite snacks is soy beans with lemon and salt (yum!). I'll make sure and pick up a few packs at the store next shop. I've been meaning to anyway.

 

Lala - May 4

Keeli-I was just diagnosed a few weeks ago. My doc put me on Glugophage, because it treats the PCOS, and because much to my surprise I have insulin resistence (that goes along with the PCOS). It's actually a big bummer! I don't want to have to watch my suger and worry about diabetes!! But, I will make some big changes in my diet. The doc said the Glucophage will help me lose weight! Yeah--since I have gained about 25 lbs recently (another symptom). I've even read some say they lost 40lbs without even changing their diet!!! I'll change my diet, though, because diabetes is a very bad disease. Also, just yesterday I bought some Vitex herb that I keep reading about. thought it couldn't hurt.**********Lin the fact that you're not ttc next month, makes me even more sure that it'll happen. BABY DUST TO EVERYONE!

 

Lala - May 4

Of course, I meant "Glucophage".-----Also, I like you, have short af's. Only about 1 1/2 days of flow with spotting before and after. My cycles are long and vary, though. It's probably good that your's are consistent.

 

Lin - May 4

Interesting that you've had such a weight gain. A few years ago, I gained 30 pounds within about a 6 month period. Fortunately I haven't gained any more but have plateaued. Of course, I should probably add the caveat that I also quit smoking at that time and moved to Germany where the food is heavy and the beer is good! But I've been wondering about PCOS anyway. Over the last several years, I've had so many random cysts - cysts on my neck and head, a Nabothian cyst on my cervix, an endometrioma on my ovary, and when a gyno did a b___st exam, she said my b___sts have a cystic structure! Are some people just more prone to cysts in general? Can cysts elsewhere be an indication of a recurrent problem that may also be present on the ovaries? Or does PCOS only have to do with an unrelated kind of cyst? What kind of cysts are involved with PCOS?

 

Lala - May 4

With each normal, healthy cycle your ovaries develop multiple folicules (cysts) until only one (or maybe 2) becomes the dominant folicule. The rest degenerate. At ovulation, the egg bursts out of that folicule. The shell that's left (the luteal cyst aka "yellow body") keeps on producing progesterone for approx two weeks. Then suddenly it dries up (causing the sudden sharp decrease in progesterone which in turn causes the bleeding to start--because no pregnancy occured and the progesterone isn't needed.) If pregnancy occurs, the luteal cyst stays around supporting the pregnancy until the placenta takes over.******That being said, with PCOS, you tend to develop multiple cycst on the ovaries not allowing one of them to dominate and ovulate. This doesn't neccesarily happen every cycle. But, it does you see, greatly affect fertility. Good news: it can now be treated rather well with oral hypoglycemics. It is a__sociated with weight gain; mostly because of the insulin resistance that many have. Other commen symptoms are hirtuism (sp? it means increased body hair), darkened areas of skin. And the other sypmtoms I've mentioned. And, the changes in your luteal phase d/t the mess up with the progesterone part of the cycle. Many doc's, it seems, will diagnose it even if no cysts are seen on US. I guess the symptoms speak for themselves. The kicker for me was the elevated hemoglobin a1c.

 

Lin - May 4

Thanks for the description, but I do know how the body works. But now you've confused me about PCOS. I did a search earlier and read that PCOS cysts are NOT luteal cysts. But you're saying they are. No offense, and I know you have the best of intentions and appreciate that, but I've seen you give false information before. Can somebody else explain what types of cysts develp with PCOS?

 

Lala - May 4

Oh, Lin you are so negative a person. That must take quite a toll on you! I did NOT say that PCOS cysts are luteal cysts. I apologize if it sounded that way. I said that instead of there being ONE dominant cyst that produces the egg, there are many produced. This, often times, prohibites normal ovulation. This is because one doominant egg-containing cyst should take over and inhibit the rest of the cysts. With PCOS, they might all keep growing--none releasing the egg. The luteal cyst is the part of the folicule that left over after NORMAL ovulation takes place (the egg burts out of the folicule leaving this yellow body aka luteal cyst). Does that make better sense??? Obviously , kindness doesn't work with you ,so I am done! best to you!

 

Lin - May 4

Actually, you're right in one respect. That was a typo. I meant to say follicular, not luteal. But regardless, you're stating that very matter-of-factly, and I asked for someone else's opinion, because I've read elsewhere that that is explicitly NOT the kind of cyst it is. I'm not saying that what you're saying definitely is wrong. I'd just like some confirmation from someone else if it is indeed correct, because I've read you say other things so matter of factly that were blatantly wrong.

 

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