Why did my period come early

Speaking on a general basis, a period cycle consists of twenty eight days, which is marked by the first day that menstrual bleeding begins. Having an early period is a common phenomenon and there are a lot of reasons like age, weight, stress and even diet that can make it happen. Other more serious reasons for early periods include hypothalamic disorders, thyroid problems, resistance to insulin and also imbalanced prolactin level.

If you are having early periods for some reason, something that you can do in your home is testing the LH levels in your urine with the help of a home kit. What this will do is that it will help you to be confirmed about the day of your ovulation. As ovulation takes place roughly in the middle of a period cycle, generally on the 14th day, you will be able to understand whether it is your follicular phase or your luteal phase that is shortening. Apart from testing the LH levels, also note the cervical mucus pattern and record your basal body temperature regularly. These data will also help the gynecologist that you may need to consult later on if the condition persists.

Follicular phase refers to the first part of a typical period, that is, it starts from the first day of your menstrual bleeding and ends when the ovulation begins. The luteal phase is the second part of a period cycle which refers to the time period from ovulation till the beginning of the next period. After you determine which part of your menstrual cycle is shortening with a home kit, if you find that it is the post-ovulation period that is shortening, you should probably not be so worried because it is generally not indicative of infertility or any other serious problem. It is still advisable that you consult a gynecologist with the data and get an expert’s opinion on the matter. But, if your test confirms that it is in fact the follicular phase that is shortening, there might be chances of serious concern here and you should immediately consult a doctor. A shorter Follicular stage indicates that ovarian reserves may be running low and thus infertility may follow. If however, after a test it is found that the reserves are not running low, then it may only take proper medication and you will be back to your regular menstrual cycles in no time.