I am 31 years old. I have had completely regular, almost down to the hour, periods at 28 day cycles for my entire adult life. Five months ago I had a period that was late by exactly one week. I keep track in my planner so that I know when to start wearing pads. My husband and I are using protection so I was surprised that my period was late, but I took a pregnancy test EVERY DAY until I got my period. I wasn't pregnant, so my period wasn't disrupted by a miscarriage or anything like that.
Since that month, my periods are now every 30 or 31 days. What is going on? My OB/GYN just said that's "normal" and maybe it's MENOPAUSE!!!! Again, I'm 31 years old with a completely, totally, reliably normal cycle. I see no reason why it would suddenly change like this... maybe gradually, but not suddenly. Any ideas? I have changed nothing about my routine, diet or home.
I have to agree with your gyn, symptoms of menopause can start early, even though you have a long way to go before you reach true menopause.
A really good book to read is Dr. John Lee's book *What your doctor may not tell you about menopause*. I thought this was an excellent book and very insightful.I belive the symptoms you are showing are peri-menopause and could continue until your 40's with more irregularity in your cycle or heavier bleeding, etc, or other symptoms developing right through to true menopause.
I basically had the same thing happen to me last year (I was 28 at the time) except that my cycles went from 28 days to around 40-45 days. My gyn told me that I was too young to have peri-menopause and that she thought several things could have caused my cycle changes... hormones in meat, stress, weight gain, and too much Sugar and other bad foods being the main things she mentioned. The longer cycles and heavier periods continued until I started taking vitex (chasteberry). Now, the bleeding isn't nearly as heavy and my cycles are getting a little bit shorter (although they still aren't back to the normal 28 day cycles that I always had before).
My question is... if this is peri-menopause, can it cause infertility? I am trying to get pregnant (just starting this month) and hope I don't have a hard time!
Stress can cause irregular menses also. Or change in diet. If you already have children then it doesn't matter is you are going through early menopause, but if you don't have children yet, then you and your husband better get started. :-)
This has just happened to me! Im 33 always had very regular periods only time ive been late ive been pregnant so was freaking out last month when they were late! All pregnancy tests were neg and the eventually came a week later so was a 5 week cycle! Again this month im 2 days late so far! What is going on with my body!?