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By Anonymous February 15, 2016 - 12:17pm
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Hello, since January my cycle has been shorter by about 5 days. Am 17 yrs old. My first period this year was on 1st Jan after counting 27 days. That was normal. On 7th Jan (day 7 of my cycle) I had anal sex with my boyfriend and various forms of foreplay (but not intercourse). I was expecting my period on 27/28th of Jan but it came on 23rd. It was lighter than usual too and lasted 4/5 days. To confirm that it wasn't implantation bleeding I have done 3 urine tests more than 2 weeks after my abnormal period that turned all negative. So my Jan cycle was 22 days. It has been another 22 days since 23rd Jan and I think am on my period again. Today is 15th February and is day one. I had cramping and clear mucus discharge with a bit of pink blood and tissue fragments. Is it normal for day one?

I have also been very stressed about pregnancy and also paranoid, changed my eating pattern and significantly gained weight since my last normal cycle of 27 days. Could this be the cause of my weird period pattern change. Please help me out. I am very worried. Can I be sure am not pregnant?

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Hi Soni,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

One of the main reasons you could be having shorter menstrual cycles is your age. It takes time for a young woman's body to achieve a stable hormone balance. It sounds like although it's not the normal 27/28 days it is still within a reasonable range. Since you have had 2 negative pregnancy test, then you should be safe thus far from pregnancy.

Are you using a reliable form of birth control? If so, and you are following the recommended directions it should work as directed.  

However, as you indicated, added stress and changes is diet, exercise regimen, weight gain/loss can also be factors that make our menstrual cycles respond differently.

Here is some additional information for you to explore:

6 Reasons you May Be Having an Early Period

What is an Abnormal Period?

I hope this helps.

Be well, 


February 15, 2016 - 12:48pm
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