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Short cycles

26 November, 2006

Question:

Hello, I get my veset every 21 days. After 12-13 days of nidda, it does not leave me much time with my husband. My gynecologist told me that I am in a normal range. Is there any thing that I can do to prolong the time that I have with my husband? I saw some oils at the health food store that are supposed to prolong the time, do you know anything about them? Do they work? My doctor told me not to use it because it is not fda approved, but I am not so sure it needs to be since it is all natural. Is there any thing that I can do?

Thank you


Answer:

You need to explain to your doctor that though this is not a health issue, you lead a religious lifestyle, and having a short cycle has a significant effect on your quality of life. There are hormonal solutions that should be discussed with your doctor, such as taking progesterone towards the end of your cycle. If you are unsure how to approach the issue with him, we suggest referring him to our sister site, http://www.jewishwomenshealth.org, also available as an app, which was created to provide information on hilchot niddah for health professionals.

We are not aware of any natural method which has been scientifically proven to lengthen your cycle.

If you have any follow up questions please feel free to get back to us!


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