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#1 Old 04-30-2008, 12:42 AM
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So, I started my period about two years ago in May 2006. I have never had regular periods, but for a while they were starting to even out. For the last year or so I have had my period about every 40 days. I recognize that when woman are young, their periods can be all over the place. However, now I have not had a period nor any of the normal signs for 60 days. Was this kind of thing normal for anyone else?



I doubt it's amenorrhea because I eat a LOT, and eat foods that tend to be rich in fat (and bad for me).



Should I be worried??
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#2 Old 04-30-2008, 02:31 AM
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Well, technically all amenorrhea means is "no period." This may be just normal for you for the first few years. It may not be. How is your health otherwise? Your weight? Do you get severe abdominal pain around your period or around ovulation? Eating a diet high in fat can wreak havoc with your hormone levels and cause reproductive problems, which definitely isn't good in the long run - but your definition of "rich in fat" may or may not be very high fat.



However, it's not that uncommon to miss a period for a whole host of reasons, the vast majority of which are totally trivial.



If you are generally well and healthy, then this alone is probably nothing to worry about.
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The first couple of years I had my period it was pretty spaced out, it always caught me by surprise >__>



I wouldn't worry too much about it, but if you are worried a trip to the doctors can't hurt
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#4 Old 04-30-2008, 10:05 AM
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I got my period at 14, but barely had it until I was about 18. Throughout HS I skipped all the time, and even into my freshman year of college it was really normal for me to skip a month.



Now I am very regular, although lucky enough to have long cycles (up to 40 days) and short periods. None of my doctors ever seemed concerned. If that is your only health concern (you aren't underweight, over stressed, pregnant etc) you're probaby fine.
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Although this wasn't true for me, I've heard it's normal for girls' periods to be very irregular in the first couple of years, and then it gets more regular as they get older. But as others have said, if you feel really weird about it or if you're having unwanted symptoms like pain, see your doctor.
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I don't think its anything to worry about, my first year or so they were weird. I think once I didn't have it for 6 months, but now its like clock work.
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there are women who have long fertile cycles--such as cycles that take 3 months or so. if you want to learn about these various cycles and see if you have a "normal" and "far spaced" cycle, you might consider fertility awareness charting.



it's a simple process that only takes a few minutes a day, and you'll learn to know what your ferility looks like. from this, you can determine whether or not there is a problem that needs to be treated or if you're just a woman with a long cycle.
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I started mine at 11, Now at almost 16, I might get it sooner than once a month, I might skip for 4 months. It might be light, It might make me extremely ill. I might have signs 2 weeks before, I might not have any signs at all. It might be a short cycle, It might be a long one. I might have a cycle where it worsens my mood swings, I might be mellow. I might have extremely odd cravings, I might not have any. Every part of it is random for me.



My doctor didn't have a reason for it (other than stress), So I suppose if you're not overly stressed, Underweight or pregnant, You should be okay. You should probably bring it up with your doctor next time you go for a check-up, Just in case, Though.
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Technically I'm underweight (I weigh 99lb in the morning and 103 at night), but my mother who is a doctor tells me that my weight is fine and that I probably eat better than most people my age. Thank you for all the helpful comments!



I'm going to assume it's because of high stress, as I don't normally have a period that takes this long to happen. As I said before, it's usually about 40 days but this month I've been battling a lot of different things.



I got the usual ovulation cramps on Friday, so I should be due in about two weeks. If I'm not, that's not the best of signs since ovulation cramps ALWAYS occur to me almost exactly two weeks before.



It's so nice to have a place I can ask these kinds of things. My mom isn't very helpful as of late.
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This happened to me, too. It was during my second year of having my period and it just disappeared for 3 months after being sorta random before that. After it came back it was randomish again for a few months but it got on a 'pattern' after that and it seems to normally stick to it.



EDIT: Oh, and to add I did see my doctor about it. She couldn't find any problem besides it just being irregular.
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Technically I'm underweight (I weigh 99lb in the morning and 103 at night), but my mother who is a doctor tells me that my weight is fine and that I probably eat better than most people my age. Thank you for all the helpful comments!



I'm going to assume it's because of high stress, as I don't normally have a period that takes this long to happen. As I said before, it's usually about 40 days but this month I've been battling a lot of different things.



I got the usual ovulation cramps on Friday, so I should be due in about two weeks. If I'm not, that's not the best of signs since ovulation cramps ALWAYS occur to me almost exactly two weeks before.



It's so nice to have a place I can ask these kinds of things. My mom isn't very helpful as of late.

You sounds a lot like me when I was younger (I'm 22 currently). I'm 5'2" and only 98lbs. I've always been small, but healthy. I started at 13. The first couple years were totally irregular. Eventually my cycle spaced out about every 45 days. I have battled with depression, anxiety and stress too. During those times my cycle went completely haywire.

I'm currently birth control now, but even now if I get stressed or depressed it'll throw off my cycle.
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Yeah, I guess I should've mentioned I battle a lot of anxiety issues on a regular basis. Still hasn't come yet. :/



I'm actually 5' 5", so I guess I should weigh more but I'm not worried about it.
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I went to the doctor about a similar problem a few years ago - my periods went from every four weeks without fail since I was 10 years old, to evey two weeks lasting for up to 10 days. He said it was nothing to worry about, and was almost certainly due to stress as I had just started boarding school and it was a big change for me, and also because many girls periods change when they spend a lot of time with other girls so that everyone is on at roughly the same time (wierd I know). He also said that the more you worry about them not coming/ thinking you have cancer or whatever will just mess up the cycle more. just try to relax!
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and to add. they stayed wierd for about 7 months, and then went back to normal.
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That happens to me too--I got my period in grade five (yikes eh?) and had it once every four weeks relatively steadily. (My PMS cramps were HORRIBLE so I ended up tracking it mostly so I knew when to dread..) Once I went on the pill when I was almost 16 it obviously became once every three weeks. About six weeks ago now I stopped taking the pill and my period has yet to come--I might've had some spotting a few weeks abck, but part of me suspected it was just eating too many beets. Either way it was never at the point I needed a pad... I'm not complaining!
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#16 Old 06-11-2008, 04:22 AM
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I started in fifth grade too... Mine were always very regular, until I lost a bunch of weight and they stopped all together. When I finally got them back, oh, two years or so later, they were about four months apart. I actually only had maybe two or three until they stopped again for about year. I have had two more since then, and they were several months apart.



Who knows when/if I will have another one.
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