Hi, My husband and I have been trying to have another child for more than six months. I have always had regular menstruals until January. In January my period stayed on for two days and was very light, with hard cramps (I never cramp), back aches and tender breast. February my period came on and was very light, with light cramping and tender breast. Cramping continue in both months after my period and I have not gained weight. I don't have anything stressing me or no other reason I can figure out why my periods are so short and light.
Dear saltina: Once pregnancy is ruled out there are several POSSIBLE explanations for a "too-light" flow" in a woman not using hormonal forms of birth control:
1. Lowered estrogen levels--this is more likely to be the case in a woman around the time of menopause.
2. Elevated prolactin levels---prolactin is produced from the pituitary gland. Levels can be elevated from a benign pituitary adenoma or from certain psychiatric medications. Often women will notice nipple discharge along with too light flows--or missed flows.
3. Missed ovulations--with a missed ovulation the lining of the uterus does not shed all at once. This can result in a missed flow, a too-light flow (just part of the top layer is shed), or even prolonged/erratic flows. This is the most common cause. In your specific case, given the unusual cramping, an ovarian cyst MIGHT be the culprit.
Most important would be to rule out an undetected pregnancy (eg a tubal or ectopic pregnancy) with a very sensitive pregnancy test. If you can get test with a GYN or clinic they can also evaluate you for other causes of your too-light flow (eg ovarian cyst).
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