Long Menstrual Cycle


Dear Midwife,
With the exception of the year and a half I was on the pill, my whole life I had a 35-day cycle. I came off the pill last January 08, and resumed my normal 35-day cycle through August 08. Since August I have had only two periods, the first cycle was 50-days long, the second 57-days long. I am not pregnant, and my doctor didn't consider this a problem as a thyroid test came back normal, but my husband and I are trying to conceive. Do these circumstances affect our chances of conception (I assume so)? Is there anything you can suggest to get my cycle back to normal? Thank you for any help you can give.



I guess my first question would be about your age. If you are under 35 and normal weight, then there is something else going on that I think deserves investigation, sooner rather than later if you are trying to conceive.

-- Cynthia, CNM

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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.