So I made the mistake of googling: "shortening menstrual cycles" this evening. Don't do it. It is one of the clearest signs of impending menopause. I'm now convinced that I'm at the end of my fertility and might as well give up. Now, just three months ago my FSH was fine, so I really shouldn't be worrying about this, but you know how these things are.
To add some facts. My cycles for the last nine months (ironic, huh?) have been, in days:
I did do this as a graph but I can't figure out how to post it. The last four months are clearly shorter than the previous five, although not getting worse. In the early months I was ovulating between day 13 and day 15. The last four, I've ovulated on day 12, occasionally day 13.
I think I may be over medicating myself. I started taking B6 about 11 months ago as I had about a 10 day luteal phase. By gradually increasing the dose I got the luteal phase up to 11 or 12 days regularly, which I felt happy about. Then I started taking Dong Quai as I was worried about my periods being a bit lighter than they had been before. I didn't see a big effect. Then I started taking Vitex, as I heard it was just generally a good thing. Then about 4 cycles ago I added in evening primrose oil (EPO) from menstruation to ovulation, to increase egg white cervical mucous. Not sure if it's had a big effect - I don't take much (500mg) and green tea seems to help the most on that. Last cycle I stopped the dong quai when I ovulated as I'd read it should be stopped then. I also changed brands of the B6. Then I had, for the first time in over 10 months, a 10 day luteal phase.
I'm guessing that the Vitex is doing something bad to me instead of something good, and that's the cause of the shorter cycles for the last four, and that I should stop taking it. I'm not sure about the dong quai and whether that had any link to last month's brutally short LP. Of course I should go and see a practitioner but that would imply a level of organisation and time that I simply don't seem to have - or to make for myself.
I'm not really asking for advice (well, actually I am, but I'm not expecting you guys to diagnose me over the internet). Would you stop taking the chinese herbs?