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   Posted 10/1/2007 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope all is well. I have an issue with my period as of late and i cannot pinpoint what the cause may be. i normally had a long period (about 7-10 days with spotting and all). lately however, i'll b spotting for 6-7 days then i start to bleed for about 3-4 days and then spot again for 2 days. i end up having to wear some sort of pantiliner, pad or tampon for 13 days of the month!!!! i cant tell if its cuz of lupus or the fact that i just became sexually active about 6-7 months ago. i have doctors appointments wit my rheumy and gynecologist in the next week but any input will help.

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   Posted 10/1/2007 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Steph,
Oh, girl, do I ever understand your frustration.  Period irregularity is very common in lupus.  Aren't we lucky!! skull
The fact that you just became sexually active 6 or 7 months ago is unlikely that it is the cause.  When did this irregular pattern start happening? 
I've had that kind of irregular pattern and it always just goes away on its own.  Are you overly stressed about anything? that can screw things up....
I would definitely contact your doctor or gyno about this.  Just to be sure. There are other gyno conditions that can cause this, but I'll let the pros tell you.  Ask them about endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and get them to do a check on your female hormones, to make sure they're okay too.
How old are you?  Hormones start to change and do funky stuff in our late 20's early 30's.  Getting us prepped for perimenopause.  I'm going through the early stages of that. I'll be 34 in February, so it's no surprise to me that I'm dealing with a weird cycle too. 
Let us know how your doctor visit goes okay.  Don't worry about this.  It's probably completely benign and just your body going "na-na-na-na-na". 
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   Posted 10/3/2007 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
hello again,

thanks for the response. to answer all your questions: i cant pinpoint the pattern exactly but i have definitely noticed the last 3 months or so. i cant say if i am overly stressed about anything but my schedule is pretty jam packed. i work a ridiculous amount of hours at a public accounting firm, im going to school for an MS in Tax, and i try to get up earlier than usual to go to th gym 4 times a week. I'm 25 years old so i assume my body can take it.

i have an appointment scheduled for oct 16. i hope that the spotting doesnt begin by then.

ill keep in touch. any other advice would b great!

Thanks again,


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   Posted 10/3/2007 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Koukla,

I just remembered something my ob/gyn told me when I had weird periods like that. He gave me progesterone (I think?) pills and I was to take them for 5 (10?) days starting on a certain number of days after the first day of my last period. After the set number of pills were done and another day or two passed, I would start my next period, but it would be a normal number of days. He said that what was likely happening is that during certain days of your cycle, the lining builds on your uterus. If you don't conceive, then there is a hormone released that allows that lining to shed (that's your period) and when that lining builds in a disorganized manner over too many days, it sheds in a disorganized manner too. The progesterone pills get the whole cycle lined back up and organized again and the hope is that the body will continue to do the same thing thereafter. I had extra pills so that if things got weird again, I could just do another cycle of the progesterone.

This actually had a great up side . . . . if hubby and I were planning a vacation, I could manipulate when my period would come!!! I guess you could do that if you are on the pill too, but I couldn't take the pill because my legs would throb and I got really bad headaches. The progesterone never bothered me though.

Anyway . . . I'm sure the gyn has lots more things to check before he comes to a conclusion like that, but it could be something really simple like that.

Keep us posted!!


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