Hello, I was looking for some 'Motherly' advice...
I have never had regular periods and I only get 1 or 2 a year. I have been to doctors and hospitals and had scans etc., but they do not know what is wrong/why this happens. Obviously not ovulating regularly means my chances of concieving are a lot less than most women, especially as I NEVER know when I will ovulate.
I recently had a period but it only lasted an afternoon, then I very lightly spotted for a few days after. I have never been heavy; I bleed for only 4-5 days max but this was even strange to me. Now a week later my breats have definitely got bigger and a few days after I noticed that, my nipples are now a little tender.
I've been having a lot of sex recently with a new partner and we definitely did so regularly before my strange period - could this be what I think it is? I'm 27 this year and anyone who knows me knows how much I want to be a Mum, but I'm scared to take a test in case it is what I think it is which would be difficult because I'm living in Cyprus at the moment, but will return home to England in a few months and my 'partner' will be staying here. But I'm also scared to take a test in case it isn't what I think it is and will truthfully be disappointed...
I'd really appreciate any advice or encouragement as I'm a little lost with what to do...
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Even with having anovulatory cycles, you can have occasional ovulation, and if you are sexually active, chances of pregnancy are possible. The symptoms that you describe (lighter and shorter periods, swollen and tender breasts, sensitive nipples) could suggest pregnancy possibility. The urine pregnancy tests done early in pregnancy can show you false negative results as the kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If pregnancy is suspected, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). If pregnancy gets ruled out, further evaluation would be done to look for the underlying cause for your irregular periods. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you regulate your periods. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet.
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