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    Question Shorter menstrual cycle = perimenopause??

    I have stopped breastfeeding for the first time in 10 years, and I am finding my periods are now shorter than they normally are. For ever since I can remember they have been 29 days on the dot, and now I notice this one is 25 days. That is unheard of for me. I'm 40 in 6 months time, could this be perimenopause?

    Anyone else an oldie like me??

    I think I might be having a wee panic about getting old...
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    I wouldnt think its erimenopause ... would just think its taking time for your body to adjust to stopping breastfeeding.

    its all controlled by hormones, and if you have been getting extra (I think its progesterone that controls breastmilk) for 10 years now ... it will take a fair amount of time for your body to adjust to not having that anymore.

    I am 42 - though I have a mirena so cant answer your questions about cycle length

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    I've noticed my cycle is getting shorter too, I've always had a long cycle but I'm down to 26-27 days and they are much lighter. I haven't bf'd for nearly 2 years now and I'm wondering if I'm moving towards menopause.

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    Thankyou. The other thing I read was gaining fat around the waist, which is something that's been happening to me, and has never happened before. Ah well, up the exercise I guess, decrease the chocolate!

    Busy-Bee I guess we will be heading in that direction soon enough, not just yet I hope!!!!

    And you aren't IN menopause apparently until you've not had a period for 12 months solid. Whew. A ways for me to go.

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    I'm 34 and breasted my dd for 12 months ( she is 2.5 now) once I stopped bfing my periods returned but my cycles are much shorter. Sometimes 22 days. They were never that short before. Also a lot heavier than I had before too.

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    that is really interesting @dollypops I never really thought about all the hormonal upheaval of breastfeeding then stopping and having to readjust, but yes it does make sense.

    I've decided i'm going to keep a bit of a cycle diary or whatever just to figure out changes.

    The other thing I'm finding is quite sore boobs for a few days every cycle, which never used to happen ever, mind you my boobs are growing bigger, back to what they used to be, so I suppose there is actually a LOT of re-adjustment happening in this old bod

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    I looked into this a while back so I can't quote any studies but... apparently when you get into perimenopause it's common for the first half of your cycle to shorten, (so from 1st day of AF to ovulation).

    I'm 41 and for the last few years my cycle has been shorter and more irregular (used to be the morning of the 28th day like clockwork, now it's 23-25 days and can start any time of the day). It coincided with breastfeeding but I can't say if it is related. Anyhoo, Its been that way for me for at least 6 years, it's how we fell pg so quickly with dd2. We were avoiding dtd on day 14 but unbekniwns to us I was ovulating on day 10. (She was very much wanted but dd1 was only 7mo and we had intended to wait a little longer). I'm still o'ing early, within a couple of days of af finishing.

    Oh and yes to the tummy fat as well Bought a fitbit today, need to do something about it, such a bad health risk!

    Anyway I'm done with it all, can someone just take it away please?!
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    It's so strange, things have definitely changed since having dd. We tried for a year for a second Bub but it didn't happen, probably something to do with the shorter cycles. I would have thought things would be back to normal by now.. Anyway at least I know I'm not the only one to have cycle changes after a baby. I find out so much info from bubhub. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilkingMaid View Post

    And you aren't IN menopause apparently until you've not had a period for 12 months solid. Whew. A ways for me to go.


    Must be so many variables for this. I didn't have af for one whole year in 2009. Had af in Jan 2010 then got pregnant end of February.


 

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