I am a 23 year old female. I have noticed gradual period problems over the last year, especially since August of this year. They have become much shorter; my normal has been about 4 and a half to 5 days, and one recent period was literally 2 and a half days long. Pre-period symptoms (breast tenderness, cramps) and symptoms during a period (backache, breast tenderness, headache,etc) were little to not there.
I started my periods in the 5th grade, around age 11. I have had what I consider my normal periods since. However, I know that there is a lot going in my life right now that might be contributing factors.
I have been in a relationship for 5 years now with my boyfriend. We have not had vaginal or anal sex, however we have done oral sex for about 2 years. He has been my only sex partner, he had one instance of anal sex with an ex. I do masturbate and I try to do it with clean hands, but sometimes I forget. I also do not insert anything into the vagina besides an occasional finger. I have found that I cannot achieve good pleasure when I masturbate as of late.
I am almost done with my undergrad in college. I have been in college since 2012 and this semester is rather difficult. I am trying to finish strong. But I work two jobs and the weight has been pulling on me.
I mentioned two jobs - I'm a student worker at my university's museum, and my more active job is a Certified Nurse Assistant at a nursing home. I work 8 hours and it's constant walking. I have yet to track my steps, but I believe I walk about 5-7 miles a shift while I am there. I work at the nursing home often, and I have since late July this year.
I also am a frequent blood donor. I last donated last month. I have low iron issues so I try to take iron supplements around time of donation. By taking the iron supplements my last period (this month) thankfully was 3 and a half days, unlike the 2 and a half days one before it. Symptoms were a little more prominent.
Besides school stress, I deal with family stress. My dad has been back to drinking and he smokes again now and that greatly upsets me. I want him to stop and trying to talk to him does not work.
And if it matters, I have low vitamin D and I (try to) take a vitamin daily, 2000 mg.
It just scares me that something very serious is wrong with me,and I am scared to go to the doctor. Though I know that I should. I do not want to freak out my mother or boyfriend, nor end up having to take birth control pills or all that. I am scared that something very serious is going on with me too.
I hope I have provided enough information. Thank you.