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Menstruation Extremely Irregular

By Anonymous October 19, 2015 - 1:20pm
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Hi there,
I haven't been able to find much information on what is happening with my body and cycle. My cycle history has never changed. Breast tenderness a few days leading up to menstruation. It was always my indicator to stow some tampons in my purse because Aunt Flow was coming! Bleeding was always heavy with severe cramping but only lasted 4 days.
I will enter this information now if it matters (if at all) but I don't believe I am... but my husband and I do not use contraceptives other then withdraw. I am not on any type of BC either and haven't been since I was 14. I am 26.

My recent cycle didn't follow what I was used to. Breast tenderness (borderline painful) was accompanied buy cramps. Usually when I feel cramping, I know that I need to go to the bathroom and take care of business. But there was no blood. The cramping and breast soreness went on for almost a week! There were times that I had to take something to ease the pain. Finally, I was rewarded with the show.....but the bleeding only lasted 2 days?! (Oct 5-6). Very unusual. As of today, I am still experiencing breast tenderness (so bad I don't want to take my bra off), bloating, cramping (!) and back pain. This day 13 after, and I don't understand what's going.

Please help shed some light on what in the world is going on with my body!

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing you question with the EmpowHER community.

Irregular menstrual cycles are something most women are bound to experience at one time in there life or another. It can be nothing or it could mean that you are possible pregnant.

When you describe it as "Extremely Irregular" are you speaking of the changes in symptoms? It sounds like is the first time this has occured.

Because you and your husband use the withdrawal method for birth control, that is an area of concern. That method is estimated at 73-96% effective for birth control, depending on the male partner's self-knowledge and self-control.

Take a home pregnancy test to rule out being pregnant. Either way the results are, schedule a check up with your doctor.

Be well,

October 19, 2015 - 2:17pm
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