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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Firstly, a note to the mods - I'm aware that similar topics have probably been posted, but my computer's crap, so I can't actually see any of the really old topics without spending 100000 hours trying to load the bloody pages. So please let this stay! <IMG SRC="tongue.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> Thanks.

Anyway...I have always suffered from fairly irregular periods. (I'm 19, so it's probably gonna be this way forever <IMG SRC="mad.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> ) Sometimes I can pin them down to be due within a few days, and then as soon as I think my cycle has finally settled down, the next month I come on nearly a week after I expect to. Currently I have been waiting for nearly 2 weeks for this month's, which is starting to seriously disturb me. I know I'm definitely not pregnant, as I actually bit the bullet and took a couple of pregnancy tests last week and the week before (not that it would have been v. likely - we use condoms) and they were negative, thank God, but I'm still waiting. The trouble is, I didn't write down when my period was last month (doh <IMG SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> ) so I really only had a vague idea of when I expected to come on in the first place.

I've decided that once my period eventually decides to arrive, I will get myself on the pill, as apart from its contraceptive benefits, the idea of knowing when my 'period' is actually going to arrive is very attractive!

So, I suppose what I want to know, in my roundabout way, is what are other people's experience of irregular periods? Has anyone else had as long a gap between them as me? Does the pill improve matters?

Cheers me dears <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">


  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    my periods used to be more irregular than public transport, the pill def helps things, and on the plus side, makes the withdrawal period lighter and less painful, i now get mine on the hour! <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You think you are irregular because it hasn't come within 2 weeks of the usual time? Hon, i just think it missed the bus and is coming in the next 1 !!!

    Try missing your period for 6 whole months !!! Yep, I've always been very irregular, and by this i mean i'd come on once every 2 months and then twice in 1 month. Very annoying, especially when you have a bf. I then got on the pill, and i definately agree with hellie and go-away that it does make all that difference.

    I was on the pill for 3 years, and last yr i decided to come off coz i wanted to test my body, and see if i could have regular periods. Thats when i went 6 months without 1. Its common to miss a period or 2 after coming off the pill, but after 6 months, i missed another 3 and then 2. In 2001, i only had 4 periods, so i went to my doctor and i had a blood test and ultrasound to make sure everything was ok. Came out clear, so i wasn't bothered about not having periods coz i know im healthy, and in fact its great not having to worry about a messy period every month, especially in the summer! As i no longer have a bf, i don't really need it for contraceptive reasons either, and i don't get any pains anymore. I was gonna get back on it because i wanted to know exactly when i was gonna come on, but everytime i get my period (whenever that is) i always think its better for me, myself, to carry on not taking it and see how often it comes.

    Anyways, hoe my story has helped, and believe me you have nothing to worry about, especially when the 'regular period' takes from 4 to 6 weeks !!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My period used to be fairly irregular, but I went on the pill to regulate the pain. My periods are now regular, and less painful. If you do decide to go on the Pill, there are quite a few you can try out as different ones have different side effects.

    You can also forego periods altogether when you're on the pill, but make sure you talk to your GP before doing so. I'm going to talk to mine because I'm sick of the pain. It's not a real period anyways, because you haven't actually ovulated when you're on the pill.

    Hope you find something that works for you! <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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