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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Irregular period since I started trying to get pregnant

Hello Dr. Amy,

I am a 32 year old mom of a 2 1/2 year old. I am eager to get pregnant again and have been trying for 3 months now with no luck. Although I know it can take time, I am concerned because 1 month after I started "trying" my periods became irregular. I was getting my period every 28 days for as long as I can remember and now they are closer to 35 days. I am on day 32 now and am dreading getting my period. What could be going on?

T

Dear T,

It's not necessarily a bad sign. It could be that you have had one or more chemical pregnancies. A chemical pregnancy is another name for a very early miscarriage. You do get pregnant, but the pregnancy stops growing around the time you expect your period. You experience this as a late period. Chemical pregnancies are extremely common. In fact, that's probably what happens to many women in the months that they are trying, but haven't gotten pregnant. It has no impact on the getting pregnant in the future.

Sincerely,
Amy

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