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I, too, have never been regular in my life. I didn't even start having periods until I was 18. I think that is probably why I have not yet hit menopause. I know stress (and my then-undiagnosed PCOS) were the causes. Keeping track and keeping records was the only thing that kept me sane.
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My cycles had been regular (every 31-33 days) for a good 3 years. Then I would skip a month suddenly- but the next one would start on time (like 62-66 days in between). Then they were regular again for 8 months. And oddly, my last one was 2 weeks late. And now this time, I can tell my ovulation was later than it should be, too.
I think stress is my trigger, too. I've had some anxiety, and when I look back, the cycles where I skipped were during stressful times, too. My doctor would likely blame pre-menopausal hormones... but I'm pretty sure it's stress in my case!
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My trigger was stress. I will be honest my cycle has never been trackable, ever! However when I was on Metformin I had a period every month that was pretty normal (for me). When I would get stressed or I started working out really hard one of two things happened, either I skipped a month or my cycle would be once every six weeks (instead of four) or I started having a period every second week (one week on, one and a half or two weeks off). This last one went for over three months and when I went to the doctor because I had had six periods in less than 4 months she said it was my stress level and what I needed to do was learn to control my stress and let go of a few things to calm my hormonal system.
I've found through the years that my body with PCOS is more sensitive to changes than friends without PCOS. It may also be that we watch and monitor our periods more closely than others do. Hope this helps and I agree with CHRIMSONFYRE, if your worried call your doctor.
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It could be a hormone fluctuation in your body. If you've been stressed or exercising a lot. So many things can throw off your cycle. If you have been pretty regular lately, and if you are trying to have a baby, there is always the chance you are pregnant as well. If you are worried, I would call your doctor or endocrinologist.
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Since March of this year my cycles have been pretty regular, I contribute this to the fact that I have lost about 30 pounds and that I am also on Metformin. I started taking the Metformin in March (I take 500 mg twice a day). Before, I started taking it my cycles were all over the place. I might have a bad cycle one month, then skip the next two. However, since I started the Metformin it seemed like it was going to become more predictable. It even got to the point where my cycles were coming on the exact same day of the month. Then, all the sudden, I don't know what happened. Last month, it was 5 days late from the past few months. Then, this month I have not even had one at all. I was just wondering if this has happened to anyone else and any suggestions as to why it could have changed.