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I have some questions about my menstrual cycle, Yes, is this

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I have some questions about my menstrual cycle
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Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr.Andrew replied 15 days ago.

Hello,

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I am Dr.Andrew, a Board-Certified Physician with over 15 years of experience.

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Expert:  Dr.Andrew replied 15 days ago.

What is your question about your menstrual cycle?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Are you an expert in women’s health and fertility please?
Expert:  Dr.Andrew replied 15 days ago.

I am Dr.Andrew, a Board-Certified Physician with over 15 years of experience.

Please let me know your detailed question.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Before my period is heavy I have 4 days of light bleeding - is this light bleeding the start of the follicular phase? Or is this light bleeding the end of the luteal phase? I’m concerned as 38 and trying to conceive
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
I never used to have this light bleeding prior to the heavy bleeding
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
My period ends with 4 days of light bleeding too
Expert:  Dr.Andrew replied 15 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

It is more likely to be the follicular phase. The luteal phase completes before bleeding starts

Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

This should not be an issue for fertility.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Thank you
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
I wondered if it was a problem with hormones in either phase
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

Hormones can cause an irregular bleed. But the phase seems irrel

Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

How long have you been trying?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Sorry can you explain what you mean by the phase seems irregular?
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
TTC a few months
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Or did you mean phase seems irrelavant?
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

I did sorry, it cut off my last work sorry

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
If I count all the bleeding as the follicular stage, that lasts 18 days and the luteal stage just lasts 8 days - do you have a view on that please?
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Hello?
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

This method is not useful. You can have a delayed or prolonged bleed, this does then not imply the stage

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Thank you - this has happened for a few months now - is that normal?
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
What is a useful method you recommend instead?
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

What is the question you are asking? If you are fertile? If you are ovulating?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
If I am fertile - I want to know if my menstrual cycle as described could cause fertility problems
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

Okay. So the easiest thing you can do is do an ovulation test from day 11-16 as this is when it is most likely to be positive. If this is not positive at all then you can check this with a blood test

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
If I ovulate, does that mean I’m fertile? Even with Either phase is short?
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

If you do then there is a very good chance that you are

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Thanks
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

That is my pleasure

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
What about the impact on my chances of getting pregnant with the changes to my menstrual cycle?
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

From what you have said this shouldn’t have an impact

Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

If worried, get some bloods done

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Thank you v much
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Are you a specialist in women’s health please?
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

That is my pleasure. I am not a fertility specialist. But manage fertility investigations regularly and what you describe is within my expertise

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Thank you. Do you think I need to get any tests done have any tests done given the changes I’ve described?
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 15 days ago.

For your reassurance some bloods to check for ovulation would be helpful, it at 6 months you haven’t conceived then would be worth checking then. But do remember with normal fertility it can take 1-2 years to conceive