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VictoriaLee

Could my ovaries be failing at 29? :(

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VictoriaLee

Hello all!

I was hoping to find some sort of help, support, I'm honestly not sure what I'm looking for. Maybe someone has been through the same situation I am going through.

AF has always been regular, never late, never missed and always lasts for 7-8 days.

For the past 7 months AF has only last 2-3 days each month and I have this terrible nagging feeling that my ovaries are slowly giving up. 

I'm 29 years old, I have no children but want children more than anything, there is also no chance that I am currently pregnant.

I contacted my doctor who, of course told me not to worry, but sent me for an immediate blood test for things i couldn't understand. I'm currently awaiting results and can't help this anxiety I'm feeling. I have the worst feeling that something terrible is happening to my body and I can't stop thinking that I'll never be able to have children.

Has anyone had a similar experience?

Could my ovaries be failing at 29 years old?

Sorry for the long post! And thank you in advance

Xx

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ckmelb

Ok don't stress yet OP. Yes it's possible (but most things are possible). But there are lots of other things it could be too - diet change, hormonal change, thyroid, endemetriosis, ovarian cyst etc. Or it's just random.

They may have also done an AMH test which is the so-called "egg timer test" (test for ovarian reserve).

My ovaries are failing. At 29 I had ovarian cysts and very frequent periods so my GP suggested going on the pill which masked my endemetriosis and I ignored it for 6 more years. I am 39 now and gave birth to a baby girl last year. I ended up doing IVF as a single mother. If it turns out your ovaries are failing (once they rule out all the other many things it could be) you have options - you can freeze your eggs etc. But don't freak out until you have all the facts first.

Also, some of those things that I mentioned above may also sound scary (ovarian cysts) but could also be very treatable so don't stress about that yet either. 

The best part is you are trying to find out if something is wrong (if anything) instead of ignoring it

 

 

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VictoriaLee
10 minutes ago, ckmelb said:

Ok don't stress yet OP. Yes it's possible (but most things are possible). But there are lots of other things it could be too - diet change, hormonal change, thyroid, endemetriosis, ovarian cyst etc. Or it's just random.

They may have also done an AMH test which is the so-called "egg timer test" (test for ovarian reserve).

My ovaries are failing. At 29 I had ovarian cysts and very frequent periods so my GP suggested going on the pill which masked my endemetriosis and I ignored it for 6 more years. I am 39 now and gave birth to a baby girl last year. I ended up doing IVF as a single mother. If it turns out your ovaries are failing (once they rule out all the other many things it could be) you have options - you can freeze your eggs etc. But don't freak out until you have all the facts first.

Also, some of those things that I mentioned above may also sound scary (ovarian cysts) but could also be very treatable so don't stress about that yet either. 

The best part is you are trying to find out if something is wrong (if anything) instead of ignoring it

 

 

Thank you so much for your reply!

I think my biggest concern is not having options if there is something seriously wrong. If my doctor comes back to me with a "you have no eggs left" speech. But of course that's just me stressing and thinking the worst.

It's so hard not to worry but thank you for all of the helpful advice! I really appreciate it. Also, a big congratulations on having your baby girl!!! What a beautiful gift it is to be a mother!

Xx

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bubskitkat

I was the same as you when I was in my 20s and 30s. I had blood tests and was told I’d have trouble falling pregnant. Nope I had no issues with having my son. Talk to your doctor and ask for a referral to a gynaecologist. 

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PuddingPlease

My period was doing some strange things recently (taking ages to start, weird symptoms, etc), I had blood testing done and it appears that low iron levels might have been the culprit. I am taking a supplement now and things seem to be returning to normal. Fingers crossed that this is an easy fix for you, I'm a few years older than you and I wondered whether it might be peri-menopause but it appears not at this stage. 

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VictoriaLee

Thank you for sharing your experiences and advice!! I'll definitely ask to see a gynaecologist.

I too am worried about early menopause but for now I'll try to keep my anxiety at bay until my results come through. 

 

Thank you all again for your replies! I appreciate it so much

Xx

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littlepickle

At 24 I used to only get my period 1-2 times per year which had been ongoing since I first started at 13. Went to a specialist who confirmed that we would most likely need clomid to fall pregnant. I decided that I wanted to give my body the best chance so went on a pre- conception 12 month pathway - dietician, naturopath (herbs no homeopathic), tracking, dropped down to moderate exercise. During this time we used barrier protection so that we wouldn’t get pregnant. The closest we could get my cycle was 60 days and looking back at the charting/ temperature taking it was likely that I only ovulated the last cycle within the 12 months.

decided that we would start trying and not seek intervention for another 12 months - pregnant first cycle....

there could be many things affecting your cycle - stress, weight changes, exercise. 

a hormonal profile and abdominal ultrasound sound like a good place to start...

Best of luck

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Froyo

I very highly recommend seeing a fertility specialist rather than just a gynae.

If your cycle was irregular I'd be more concerned, a shorter AF but still regular cycle suggests you're still ovulating regularly. 

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Minnie80

I'm also very regular and my periods are very heavy. But I went through something similar when I was in my early 20s. Suddenly, my periods lasted for a few days only and were very light, just a few drops. It turned out to be due to being underweight, having vitamin deficiencies and being very stressed. It sorted itself a few months later. I hope things work out for you. 

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Jenflea

@VictoriaLee I doubt it's an ovarian issue, but it might be a uterine issue.  You might need progesterone support to thicken and maintain the lining of your uterus.  It's the lining you shed which gives you the period, not the ovaries. They just trigger the egg release, which you still get. 

But a hormone panel and probably an internal US will give you the answers. 

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