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For 4 months, (november, december, january, february) my period has been every 5 weeks instead of its usually every 4 weeks give or take a day or 2 later. And now this month (march) its been an extra week! Period was due 2 weeks ago, so its been 6 weeks.<br><br>
I dont know whats going on here, can anyone suggest a reason for this please? Im getting slightly concerned because Im worried Im becoming infertile or something There's no obvious reason for my cycles to be messed up, as far as I can think of at least.
 

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I'm going to go with my usual suggestion here.<br><br>
Iodine. You need iodine to regulate your hormones. You need lots of iodine to grow a baby, so it will use up your stores. Breastfeeding requires iodine.
 

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Do I need to eat more foods that contain iodine then? What foods are they? My diet isnt very good so its quite possible that might be the reason.
 

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Seaweed. Fish.<br><br>
You can get detoxified iodine made from seaweed at the health food store.<br><br>
You could also supplement with Lugol's, which you can order online.<br><br>
The problem with getting it in your food - iodine is a halogen. It is a lightweight halogen. The other halogens will block iodine from being absorbed, and displace iodine. the other heavier halogens are absolutely ubiquitious in our environment now in a way they have NEVER been before.<br><br>
Bromide is put into our clothing as a fire retardant. Flouride and Chlorine are in our water, food, comestics and medicines, and the water we bath in. All three are heavier halogens.<br><br>
Lugol's isn't expensive. You can order a bottle and take a couple of drops everyday. It'll last you probably more than a year.
 

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Interesting. I have always had a regular cycle. Recently after my last baby (dd is 2 1/2) and over 2 years of nursing my periods are very strange and nothing like what they used to be. My cycle is 2 days of heavy flow and stop for 5 days and the spot for up to a week later. It's driving me crazy.<br><br>
I will have to check in to this iodine stuff.<br><br>
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There can be so many reasons for menstrual cycle disruption.<br>
Hormonal imbalance is an obvious place to start.<br>
If your diet isn't so good then that contributes in many ways.<br>
Iodine may be worth looking into further as Demeter9 suggested.<br>
If it were me, I'd test first to be sure my body needed it.<br>
You can <a href="http://www.iodine4health.com/" target="_blank">read more here</a>.<br><br>
How old are you?<br>
How's your overall health? Any medical conditions?<br><br>
When did you give birth? Breastfeeding?<br>
Nosy bugger, eh?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Nosy bugger, eh?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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Well, if you are, I am, too!<br><br>
Let's add to the list:<br>
Any other symptoms?<br>
Do you chart?<br>
Any recent traveling?<br>
Stress? Lack of sleep?<br>
And these last 4 months are being compared to... what? The rest of '07? Your pre-baby cycles? Your post-baby cycles? Your pattern since first menses?
 

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Nosey is okay because I want to get this sorted out, I really hope to have a second baby someday.<br><br>
Im 20yrs old, had DS when I was 18.<br>
Breastfed for a few months at which time had no period.<br>
Period has come every 28-30 days since stopped breastfeeding, and that was how it was pre-baby too.<br>
Only real medical condition is depression, which I take medication for. I've been on these new meds for about 6ish months so I guess they could be responsible for it? I'll ask in the mental health forum about that.<br>
No other symptoms, except my period is shorter than it used to be. Used to last 7 days, now its about 4. Used to be heavier.<br>
I've never charted, not too sure what that even is, should I be?<br>
No recent travelling.<br>
I said my diet isnt very good, but its been "not good" for 2yrs now, so Im not sure if that could be the cause as it probably would have affected my period sooner right? Im about 20 lbs over weight and eat more junk than healthy proper food.<br>
As far as stress goes, who isnt stressed? Im no more stressed lately than usual.<br>
This is probably silly but could not being sexually active have anything to do with it? I haven't had sex for 2 yrs. I often "feel" when Im ovulating/about to ovulate as I get cramps in one side of my abdomen. And around that time I get extra "discharge"....so I must be ovulating ok?
 

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My SIL is going through some issues and I told her about the iodine thing. She said she has had some blood work done. She is wondering what what element or test abbreviation might indicate the levels of iodine on her test results sheet.
 

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I used to have regular cycle and they started getting farther and farther apart until I was going 7 months without a period. I had LOTS of other symptoms though--extreme fatigue, easy and very excessive bruising, low blood sugar headaches, etc. The cause for me was low adrenal function which has eventually also caused hypothyroidism. I think hormonal imbalances are a logical place to start. Maybe reading some lists of other symptoms that go along with common imbalances will help you figure it out.
 

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Do you know any websites where I can look up that information for my symptoms? How did you find out you had low adrenal function? I'll have to look that up.<br><br>
Extreme fatigue and headaches+migraines are other symptoms I too suffer with, but since I had a blood test to check my blood count, thyroid and blood sugar level, I had ruled out any links and my doctor just said it could be cluster headaches and not to worry about the fatigue as its often a symptom of depression..which I have, but it seems like he just said that because its easier to put it down to that rather than investigate further. Also I often have swollen glands in the sides of my neck.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you know any websites where I can look up that information for my symptoms? How did you find out you had low adrenal function? I'll have to look that up.<br><br>
Extreme fatigue and headaches+migraines are other symptoms I too suffer with, but since I had a blood test to check my blood count, thyroid and blood sugar level, I had ruled out any links and my doctor just said it could be cluster headaches and not to worry about the fatigue as its often a symptom of depression..which I have, but it seems like he just said that because its easier to put it down to that rather than investigate further. Also I often have swollen glands in the sides of my neck.</div>
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Adrenal fatigue can present differently in different people, but interestingly I also had chronically swollen neck glands and very frequent respiratory infections. Here are a few links to get you started:<br><br><a href="http://members.aol.com/jefferiesw/" target="_blank">http://members.aol.com/jefferiesw/</a><br><a href="http://www.lef.org/protocols/prtcl-002.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.lef.org/protocols/prtcl-002.shtml</a><br><a href="http://www.naturalways.com/adrenal.htm" target="_blank">http://www.naturalways.com/adrenal.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/" target="_blank">http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/</a><br><a href="http://www.chronicfatigue.org/" target="_blank">http://www.chronicfatigue.org/</a><br><a href="http://www.feelingfff.com/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.feelingfff.com/index.html</a><br><a href="http://www.digitalnaturopath.com/cond/C17649.html" target="_blank">http://www.digitalnaturopath.com/cond/C17649.html</a><br><a href="http://www.mercola.com/display/router.aspx?docid=24677#" target="_blank">http://www.mercola.com/display/router.aspx?docid=24677#</a><br><a href="http://www.drlam.com/A3R_brief_in_doc_format/adrenal_fatigue.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.drlam.com/A3R_brief_in_do...al_fatigue.cfm</a><br><a href="http://www.womentowomen.com/adrenalfatigue/index.asp?id=1&campaignno=adrenalfatigue&adgroup=ag1adrenalfatigue&keywords=adrenal+gland+supplement#adrenaltesting" target="_blank">http://www.womentowomen.com/adrenalf...adrenaltesting</a><br><a href="http://www.fred.net/slowup/hai96.html" target="_blank">http://www.fred.net/slowup/hai96.html</a><br><br>
Be forewarned that very few drs are knowledgable about the fact that poor adrenal function can exist unless it qualifies for Addison's Disease (basically total adrenal failure), but common sense can tell you that there is a spectrum there. When they checked your thyroid, do you know what your actual #s were? Most drs and labs don't follow the criteria for hypothyroidism that is recommended by the AACE, and it's amazing how much minor hypothyroidism can affect your entire body.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My SIL is going through some issues and I told her about the iodine thing. She said she has had some blood work done. She is wondering what what element or test abbreviation might indicate the levels of iodine on her test results sheet.</div>
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They don't regularly test for iodine. And when they do, serum concentrations are a poor indication of iodine sufficiency.
 

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If that's the case (you get your labs and go to the stopthethyroidmadness.com website for more info on the part of the range that healthy people are in), you'll have a lot of choices on how to treat (it's not all just prescription meds, though those can be helpful). I think there's tons of info at the website.<br><br>
The other thing to consider is anemia. The lab needs to test for ferritin, not just iron (as I recently found out, since my new doc tested both and commented that while my iron was perfectly normal, my ferritin was in range but low and should be addressed).
 

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Thanks for replying again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I will definately read those website links and research things further.<br><br>
I dont know what my thyroid numbers were because I wasnt given that information, my doctor just said the results came back all okay. -Same with the iron count. I'll read up on these things and then go see my doctor about it all.
 

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It's easier just to call and ask that they make a photocopy of all your recent labs. They should be completely willing to do that--I do that with everyone in my family _and_ my dogs. That's not that weird, and it'll just take a day or two for you to get it in-hand. Good luck figuring it all out!<br><br>
ETA: I'm not saying don't talk to your doctor--I didn't mean it that way, just saying you don't have to wait to find time for an appt, and then you can have time to look at the numbers from the comfort of your couch.
 
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