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October 14th, 2013, 06:23 AM
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I've been trying to conceive for 8 months, and with every month of disappointment I think of something new that could be wrong. This month I started scrutinizing my period... I know I should be asking a doctor these questions but we were waiting to hit the year mark before going to the doctor. So I just wanted to get some opinions as to if this sounds like a normal period, or if it sounds like something could be wrong.

My period is 29-30 days and always has been regular.
My period lasts 5 days. 2 heavy days, 2 much lighter days, the last day is just spotting.
I have very very light cramping for a week before my period.
I have fairly heavy cramping the first 2 days of my period. I wouldn't consider it PAINFUL, more as very uncomfortable where I want to curl up in sweatpants. I take midol or tylenol and I'm fine within an hour, no discomfort at all.
I change my pad every 2 - 4 hours on the first day, slightly longer on the second day, but I also don't usually wait to fill the entire pad because I don't want it to leak (SORRY TMI).

I was reading that periods aren't supposed to be painful?? I always thought cramping was normal but after reading a million websites, now I'm afraid my cramps are too heavy, and that something is wrong. I don't have sharp stabbing pains, and it has never interfered with my daily life. I always do have to take midol or tylenol or else I will be very uncomfortable, but I've never been unable to go to work or school or whatnot.

So does this sound normal, or abnormal? Thanks so much for your input!!
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October 14th, 2013, 07:01 AM
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Yes your cycle sounds perfectly normal to me. Cramping as you described is normal too.
Are you temping or using opk to track ovulation?

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October 14th, 2013, 07:17 AM
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sounds 100% normal to me too! cramps are normal!!

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October 14th, 2013, 02:09 PM
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Seems like a normal period to me.
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October 14th, 2013, 03:46 PM
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My periods use to be painfull b4 I had kids. maybe get some blood work see if your lacking iron and stuff. you sound normal
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October 14th, 2013, 04:15 PM
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I use to have the worse cramps the 1st day of AF, but once I had children and IUD's I hardly have them and my flow is only 4 days now.

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October 14th, 2013, 05:16 PM
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Our cycles sound just alike except mine are what you call painful!! I cramp so bad that all I can do is cry. I take 4 (200mg) of Motrin and it doesn't knock the pain. I was checked when I ttc before and everything was completely normal. No endo or PCOS.
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October 14th, 2013, 05:40 PM
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Whoever said periods aren't painful, was clearly a man! everything sounds good to me! Mine used to be like that before my first child, then all heck broke loose and my periods are 7-10 days long with heavy soaking bleeding for at least 4 days of that, ugh.

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October 15th, 2013, 10:26 AM
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sounds pretty normal. I get the cramping & dull achey back for the first couple days of mine. Not fun!!
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October 15th, 2013, 10:31 AM
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Yes yours does sound normal. My period pain gets AWFUL to where i can barely get out of bed.

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