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Question: cycles getting shorter


 abbytristansmom - Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:21 am

I am 39 years old, healthy and not overweight. I don't drink or smoke. Have always had regular (28 day cycles). The last five or six cycles have been strange. The first one I kept track of (after I had noticed they had started becoming abnormal) was a 21 day cycle, then a 22 day cycle, then a more normal 29 day cycle. Today it appears that I might be starting my next period, which would make this current cycle approx. 16 days. I'm getting worried. I have not had any weight gain or loss. Since the birth of my son 8.5 years ago, I have to get up a couple times in the night to urinate. Lately, I have been feeling sweaty at night (not regular). Other than that, just very anxious about this now. My mother did not go through menopause until she was 50 and had no previous symptoms, just stopped her period. I just had a check-up and a normal pap. Any info. would be greatly appreciated.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:56 pm

User avatar Hello,
It is possible you are experiencing peri-menopause. This can occur and last for several years prior to actual menopause. Many women experience wide fluctuation in periods, hot flashes and other symptoms. Sometimes menopause is a welcome reprieve with fewer symptoms than during this peri-menopause phase.

I can't say for sure this is the case but that would be my suspicion. Talk to your doctor or midwife to see if hormonal treatment might help.

Best wishes.

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