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Community question: Will my hormones change with age?

Community question: Will my hormones change with age?

Our biggest strength at LOLA is our community — we’re so grateful for the insights, stories and advice that you share with us and each other on this blog. We also get a lot of great comments from you about your reproductive health, which is why we’ve launched our Community Question series. Each week we ask a new question around a comment we’ve received from the LOLA community, in hopes of sparking a conversation. Check out this week’s community question, and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Am I the only one whose hormones and cycle has changed as I’ve gotten older? My periods have gotten shorter and lighter, but now I have more PMS symptoms that I didn’t experience before such as cramping, headaches, muscle aches and bloating.

  • My periods were very predictable, in time frame, PMS symptoms, and flow. After having my children they got heavier for a year or two and eventually went back to what I was used to. Then I turned 46. My period went from predictable to WTF? My irritability went through the roof, I had my period twice a month for 4 months, then I skipped a month. I spoke with my Mom about what perimenopause was like for her, spoke to friends, and read some books. With the help of a DR. I tried a few herbal supplements until I found a combination that reduced the symptoms and has me mostly regular again.

  • I had the complete opposite problem. When I was younger, my periods were short and light. Then, after my first kid, my periods got so heavy. Did that happen to anyone else?

  • When I used to get a period, it was so heavy and I got terrible cramping. However, I haven’t had a period since I was 19 and don’t know how my periods would have changed with time.

  • I totally get this–in high school I had completely regular, manageable periods, but in the years since I’ve noticed my period really responds to stress, and comes with far more cramping and hormonal acne, which I never used to experience.

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