Friday, July 16, 2010

Um, yeah, so. . . .

Turns out that commenter "Determination" was right: AF arrived early.  The spotting I wrote about yesterday continued through the evening, getting heavier and redder.  This morning I woke up to cramps and full-on bright-red flow.  Hmm.

So the cycle I just finished was my first-ever 22-day cycle.  Aside from a time period in my mid-20s of less than a year when I was working night shift, my periods have always been regular and have generally been 27-28 days.  (My longest-ever period charting was 32 days; my shortest was 26.)  I had one 24-day cycle last December, but that was following a cycle in which I formed one gigantic follicles and was told by the RE that I was at high risk of developing a cyst. . . . so I figured that messed me up.

I don't know what to think about this.  Does this mean that maybe I never ovulated at all this cycle?  Is it a sign of approaching menopause?  Implantation gone wrong?  Nothing I've experienced or read explains to me why I would have a 22-day cycle.

Anyway. . . . I guess really the worst part is that I am now going to have my period for my weekend away in San Diego with MM.  We leave around 8 tonight.  Grrr. . . . 

This darned body of mine!!  It can't seem to get anything right lately.

6 comments:

  1. S., my cycles are always between 27-31 days except when I have a cyst in which case I always have much shorter cycles--one time as short as 18 days. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you had a cyst last cycle and the cyst caused you not to ovulate. I hope the cyst dissolves quickly.

    T.

    T.

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  2. We've been ttc for more than five years... and I know how you feel... all I can say is trust me--- I've been there.... and still going through it...keep the faith:0)

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  3. My cycles are generally 26-34 days (I ovulate as early as day 12 sometimes and as late as day 20, but usually around day 15 to 18). But there was one cycle last year that was only 17 days long. I was still doing OPKs when all of a sudden I got my period (!). I had just come off a clomid cycle and had a cyst, so I blamed it on that and decided not to read any more into it lest I drive myself crazy with worry. My cycles went back to normal after that. I bet yours will, too!

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  4. No advice...just share your annoyance with AF coming early!!

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  5. Huh, Weird. I am sorry S. I hope the next cycle is better for you. Try to enjoy San Diego. Thinking of you!

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  6. Hate to say it, but perimenopause (which can begin as much as 10 years in advance of menopause) can play with the lengths of our cycles. Having high fsh and low ovarian reserve, my cycles were always 26-ish days. I've had as short as 18. For me, I was ovulating earlier and earlier, before the follicle really had time to mature properly. Not saying this is what is happening to you.

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