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Has Your Menstrual Cycle Been Off For the Past Few Months?

A friend noticed her cycle was off — having gone from 28 to 33 to 30 days in the last few months — so she consulted her doctor and was surprised by his response. The OB/GYN said he has seen more women with off-cycles over the past four months than he has ever seen in his 15 years of practicing. He attributes it to the stress women have due to the recent political climate, the current economic crisis, and the sense of concern they have for the country.

Have you noticed a change in your cycle?


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christina78 christina78 8 years
me too. and i just found out i am pregnant now! now its way off lol...
Miss-Stephanie Miss-Stephanie 8 years
For those of you who have longer cycles and are sick of worrying about being pregnant, I recommend charting. Stress doesn't directly delay periods, it delays ovulation...but the amount of time between ovulation and the start of your period should be pretty consistnent, stress or not...a time to start considering pregnancy is when you are 2 or more days past your longest LP(luteal phase, aka the phase between ovulation and menstruation) without starting your period, or 18 days post ovulation. Long, annovulatory cycles are normal for some women, but its particulalry obnoxious for those trying to conceive. Finding the right ob/gyn can help address the problem, if waiting it out natural is not working.
lovelipgloss lovelipgloss 8 years
I just went 54 days! I've never completely skipped over one before now. My doctor told me not to worry (when I was 2 weeks late and had a negative preg test) unless I missed 2 in a row.
jjkendall jjkendall 8 years
Wow! Mine has been so off. In December I was five days late, and in January I was 3 days early (off the normal 28 days), but I'm attributing that to going off birth control in September. Sure is frustrating though when I'm trying to get pregnant and now I'm ranging from 25-33 days! Oh, well.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
Last month I had a second period the week after my regular one ended. weird.
Boogie29 Boogie29 8 years
I went from an 18 day cycle that lasted 4 day's. It had been like that since I was 16. Now it's all over the place! lol I just contributed it to the fact that I had a baby 10 months ago. But it could be stress. I know that a few of my girlfriends have been saying that theirs is off too. Interesting thought :)
babysugar babysugar 8 years
wow. that's so crazy! i'll have to ask my friends to see if they've had any changes recently.
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 8 years
I'm hoping its the stress!
LilaBo LilaBo 8 years
sorry, i don't think this dr. is an idiot. your period, and your body in general, are absolutely and totally affected by stress. i think this dr's theory makes a lot of sense, actually.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 8 years
well being pregnant, I can't really answer. But prior to our pregnancy, my cycle was WAY off ranging from 19-30 days, that was just last summer so does that count in the thought?
SweetnLow SweetnLow 8 years
Yes! Mine has been off. For about 8 months now, actually. :P
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Her doctor's an idiot. It's totally normal (and even expected) for a woman's cycle to change as she ages. The fact that he blames it on politics and economy means he's not very educated in his own field. I'd find a new OB/GYN.
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 8 years
My period is constantly a mess - 18 day cycle, then a 69 day cycle, then a 30 day cycle...and it's been like this for years. I have been to doctor after doctor and they all just tell me that it's normal for me and I don't ovulate properly. *Sigh* be that as it may it is really stressful and I HATE it!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I have but i contribute it other matters relating to stress but not about the economy and uterus doesnt care about those things.
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