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I have had my period for about 5 years now (I am 18 years old) and my period is still notoriously irregular. I have been charting my cycles since day one and use monthlyinfo.com which creates a graph of the length of your cycles. My chart looks like an electrocardiograph of someone with a wildly irregular heart beat! I know that the first few years of menstruation are supposed to be irregular, but I just keep waiting and waiting for my cycle to become somewhat predictable but it never does!

It has me wondering, will my cycles ever become regular or is it a myth that this will happen? It isn't something I'm worried about, but it would be nice to know when my period is coming.

The standard deviation of my cycles is 6 days and for something around a month long, that seems rather large!

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So I don't know if this will help or not, but this has been my experience. I'm 19 so I've had my period for about 6 years, and mine still isn't clockwork regular. Mine were always pretty deviant, anywhere from 29 to 36 days. Several months ago, I had about 4 months of perfect periods - all 30 day cycles! I thought, oh, maybe finally my periods are getting regulated, but no. After the fourth one, I got my period on day 37, and I have no clue why. Since then, I've been getting them at about days 32 or 34, so hopefully it will stay like this.

As far as I know, it's not all that common to have perfect cycles, so don't feel bad. I probably need someone to check the validity of this, but I've read that cycles can deviate by 8 days and still be considered regular, so I know what you're going through is frustrating, but I don't think it's really a cause for concern. It takes some people's bodies longer to get into a routine, if ever, and that's okay. [Smile]

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Regular cycles aren't a myth, it's just that there seems to be some widespread misunderstanding about what "regular" really means. A variation of a few days is still considered regular, and it's very rare for someone to have cycles that are exactly the same length all the time.

In your case, it doesn't sound like your cycle is all that irregular; plus, you've only been menstruating for five years, and it can take that long for things to settle down. It does seem like your body is getting into a pattern, though, so I wouldn't stress about it. If you're curious, you might want to try charting your cycles using basal temperature and cervical mucus: that can give you a better idea of when to expect your period, since you'll be able to see not just the length of your entire cycle, but the amount of time between ovulation and when your period starts, which might help you predict when your period is going to arrive.

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I started getting my period at 12, and from the time I was about 13 or 14 to the time I was 17, I could predict almost down to the hour when I'd get my period. It was actually kind of scary. Of course, there were times when I was off by a day or two, but for the most part, my cycle was incredibly regular. Then I started losing weight, and it became really, really wonky. Now that I'm on the pill, I'm "regular" again, but I'm not sure what would happen if I went off.
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I've wondered what happens when you go off birth control too and from what I've read everyone's body reacts differently. For some, its really dramatic and terrible and for others its a seamless transition. Since all of our bodies are different I think there is really only one way to find out - and that's going off of it and seeing what happens [Smile]

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