acs80 (acs80) wrote in vaginapagina,

Stress making periods early...then late...?

Hi there, everyone,

It's been years since I've posted here and I hope it's alright if I avail myself of everyone's wisdom and advice on a strange problem I've been dealing with for the past few months. For starters, I'm 37 years old with a copper IUD, and my periods have always come regularly, about every 28-33 days.

I've been under intense stress at work and really run down, and in the past couple of months my periods have been somewhat less regular than they normally are. Here have been the cycles over the past few months:

Dec-Jan: 30 day cycle
Jan-Feb: 25 day cycle
Feb-Mar: 33 day cycle
Mar-Apr: 28 day cycle
Apr-May: ??? On day 35 and waiting!

I'm not sure what to make of this. Most of the cycles are within the normal range, but that Jan-Feb 25-day cycle really surprised me, and now here I am waiting, again, on day 35 of my cycle with no period in sight. I have some minor cramping and boob soreness (which I always get before my period), but it's just not coming. I took a pregnancy test and it was negative, so I'm not all that worried about that.

I guess I'm kind of freaking out that I'm going into some kind of early menopause or something. I have an appointment with my gynecologist (annual exam) scheduled for a few weeks from now and will talk to her about all this then, but in the interim, I can't help but get all worked up with anxiety. So I guess what I'm asking is, has anyone had stress interfere with their cycle over the course of several months? I know it's possible to have stress screw with a period for a single month (when I travel internationally I sometimes miss that month's period entirely), but there's just been some general period weirdness going on for a few months here and I'm really hoping I can chalk it up to this unrelenting work stress I've been under instead of perimenopause or something.

Thank you in advance for your help!
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