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Why is my period early and short?

By September 4, 2011 - 5:58pm
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I usually have 28-38 day cycles, however this month it was only 26 days which is pretty odd for me since normally it's 31-35 on average. But the thing I'm most concerned about is why it only lasted about 2.5 days and it's normally 5-6. It was extremely heavy, way more than usual. Also, i've been taking prescription medicine for my Tendinitis the last week and a half, it's basically a higher dose anti-inflammatory medication and also similar to ibuprofen. Could this be the cause? I haven't been stressed, and I actually have stopped working out because I started graduate school and haven't found time yet in the last couple of weeks, i'm working on it though!

Anyways, is this normal? and is it caused by my medication?

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Hi sara222,
Yes, a change in medication, a recent medical condition, change in routine (starting graduate school)..these can all lead to subtle changes in your cycle. A subtle change really is a menstrual cycle that changes from 28 days to 26 days, or one that is typically 5 days that is now 2 days.

A period that is longer than 7 days in duration, one with severe pain or other symptoms, or a heavy flow in which you soak through more than one pad or tampon every hour...these are symtpoms in which you would want to call your doctor.

You can track your next period and take notice if it is back to your typical 28-38 day cycle, or it may take a cycle or two.

September 4, 2011 - 7:30pm
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