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Weird Periods!

By Anonymous February 17, 2011 - 6:15am
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I am 30 years old, and have always had a regular period. Every 28-30 days, lasting 5 days, with a normal "flow". However, these past 2 months have been much different. In January, my period was 4 days late, very light, and lasted an extra day. This month (February), I started spotting 6 days before my period was due, and after 2 days of that, I am bleeding lightly. I'm not sure if my light bleeding is considered spotting, or a period. It's enough to need a pad, but not nearly as heavy as usual. Another weird thing: I had no regular period symptoms, either - no sore breasts, no cramping, etc. I am wondering what is causing this. I am not sexually active, so no chance of pregnancy, and I am also not taking any hormonal / birth control pills. Has anyone else experienced this before? Does this sound like a simple hormonal imbalance caused by stress, or should I be concerned?

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Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question and for finding EmpowHER. I'm sure you've heard that our periods can change in duration and consistency from month to month. There are many things that can affect your period like sickness, exercise intensity, weight loss, eating habits, stress, etc.
If you are concerned, you can always give your doctor's office a call and see what they suggest. It's always a good idea to track these things so if you do end up calling the doctor or having an appointment, you can effectively relay it to your health care professional.
For more information, please review: How to Know if Your Period is Normal, and MedlinePlus: Heavy, Prolonged or Irregular Period.
Good luck, and let us know how you're doing.

February 17, 2011 - 8:53am
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