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Old 07-30-2007, 06:33 AM
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So some of you know that for the past couple months I've embarked on a hardcore campaign to eat better and exercise in a bid to lose the 15 odd pounds I gained this past school year and on top of that, the 10-15 I've gained since high school. I've managed to (mostly) lose the 15 from this past year and it's nice to actually fit into jeans below a 32 again To do that I've been doing 45-60 mins of cardio a day at least 5 days a week and stuff like crunches when I remember to.

One of the side effects of this is that my periods are getting even more messed up than they have been. During the school year, being the only girl in my house not on BC, they were coming up to 45 days apart...as soon as I came home it righted itself to being 30-31 (twice in a row on the 10th)...right when I started working out, though, they started coming earlier...first a week early (june 4) then a week early again (28th) then one like 2 weeks later on the 15th! wtf! and now I'm feeling a little bit of PMS again...grrrrrr....I mean, these periods are pretty light (they start out really light and then get normal--which for me is still kinda light--for awhile then light again)

Anyone else have something similar happen? Is my body attempting to make up for the fewer periods I had during the school year or is it just because of the activity...aren't periods supposed to go away if you exercise a ton? I know it's not a body fat issue because despite my weight loss, I have plenty of that to go around (I'm still right around/below the BMI designated as overweight, though some of that could be muscle). Plus I've never exactly been able to pin down the date of my next period, just a ballpark...could that be considered being always irregular?

The last time I went to the gyno was a few weeks before I started working out a lot (she actually kinda yelled at me about my weight) but since my cycle had righted itself since I got home from school, I didn't mention the 45-day cycles.
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Old 07-30-2007, 07:09 AM
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I would go back to the gyn/ob and mention it. There could be many reasons your period is irregular .
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Old 07-30-2007, 07:52 AM
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I agree, you should definetly get checked by a doctor because it could be many things.
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Old 07-30-2007, 08:32 AM
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i've always been irregular, but anytime i gain or lose weight (usually due to exercise), they change yet again. and anytime i'm stressed, i don't get any!

i agree with the others, get checked just incase, it's always better to be safe
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:01 AM
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Yes, it's common to have your period change (shorter) as you start exercising more. You could ask your OB as well.
Good job on your working out...your hard work is paying off
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:46 PM
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My periods are crazy nutty like that, too. I got periods once every two weeks for about 3 months straight. I was constantly PMSing and it was just awful. I'm so sorry girl! But at least you are losing weight and stuff-that is super good!
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:26 PM
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I think it is possible that it could be the exercise and weight fluctuation, even if you aren't underweight. A few months ago I was running every day, gained some weight (counterintuitive, yes...), and then when I stopped running lost 5lbs in about a week and at that point I got my period for 3 weeks straight. My gynecologist said it was likely the stress on my body from the changes. Still I would check with your doc. I know how annoying it is to have irregular periods- makes you feel really drained
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