Ok, ladies...I had my period two weeks ago and now I'm on it again. I know most people don't really give a fiddler's fart about this sort of thing and that it just happens, but I'm a superfreak, so I just wanna know, should I be concerned about this, or what could have caused it?
Is yours usually irregular? Mine is, to the point that I hardly bother tracking it, and I focus on my body's signals in order to be prepared. I usually don't bat an eyelash if I get it twice in a month; it just happens.
My best explanation is a hormonal thing. You're a teenager, right? Our hormones aren't really quite stable yet... I really don't know a whole lot about this. My gyno said I shouldn't worry about it, unless it's constantly sneaking up on me.
RBM, try not to fret. when I was a teenager, I wouldn't get it for months, would get it twice in a month, one month it'd last for 8-10 days, another only one or two, etc, etc. I'm not saying it wasn't fun, but I didn't even begin to approach any sort of regularity until I hit my twenties.
I think there's some truth to the notion of your hormones stabilizing out and establishing regular patterns in adolescence, and that you can expect more normalcy in young adulthood.
What I *would* be concerned about is extraordinarily heavy bleeding, very long periods, bad pain, fatigue, etc. If any of this happens, I'd head to the doctor, have a blood test done (might become deficient), and see what can be done to help you get back on track as your body learns what to do as a woman.
Nope, I'm not on the pill, and its not an especially bad period or anything...I just wondered if there was anything a person might do causing this to happen, and if it was bad, ect.ect. I started having periods pretty early- I was 10- and they've become fairly regular, so this is a little wierd...and annoying!
i get my period about once a year, if that. it's nice not to have it all the time, but it's also unnerving. especially when the condom breaks and i have no way of knowing where i am in my cycle or when i should be expecting a period.
Katieq- I would think, from what little I know, that you are either eating improperly, exercising like a FIEND, or there is something wrong with you. I don't mean to alarm you or anything, but as a woman, you should menstrate. I would get it checked out, babe!
rainbowmoon... hey gimme some of your periods and we'll be even!
seriously.. if nothing else major in your life has happenned that may bring it on (remember STRESS and emotional times can throw things out a bit...) i wouldn't worry yet.. chill out, 'cos worrying won't change thigs... i'd only worry if it keeps happenning, but i'm sure it's just an abberation!
Katieq... i agree with rainbowmoon... you can't fool anyone here! whats the real deal?
I have always been very regular, from the time I was 11. The only thing that really messes up my schedule ever is when I go to camp. I work at a girl scout camp and it is an extremely stressful (don't get me wrong, it's still fun.
) job. Also being in such close quarters with so many other women also affects your hormones. I don't worry about it- one or two off periods usually means nothing.
Well, this is pretty gross, but I woke up this morning and my undies we SOAKED, and my PJ pants were spotted. It was horrendously icky. I'm not sure what to do, I told my Mom and she seems totally unconcerned, but that's never happened before. *frown* Do you think I should be concerned?
Katieq: I haven't had mine in almost two years, and there was a nine month gap before that last one. But my mom is really iregular (to the point of being somewhat excited when she gets it!) so I think it's just genetics on my part.
I can almost bet you are not having your period because you simply don't eat enough (from your food logs you post). I haven't had one in about a yr, they put me on 3 different types of birth control pills to start it, nothing happened. But, this next time they combined TWO together, and I just started. But, my doctor told me that if you don't eat properly and/or don't eat ENOUGH then you will NOT have a period. I think that is what happened with me, but I also exersise every night--that also can affect it. I would get it checked out anyways.
for those of you who aren't getting your periods for 9 months or more--i highly suggest medical attention just to make sure that you're "ok" and there's not something wrong with you. It may be 'your cycle' but it may also be a problem.
i lost my period for a year due to a hormonal imbalance. there were medical treatments, but the best was my vegetarian diet. Doc figures that's what "cured" me. Can't be certain though.
In any case, get it check out, just in case it is a problem.
for those having heavy or more frequent periods:
1. i "bleed out" all the time--what i mean is, i nearly ALWAYS make a mess of my sheets. It's because i have a consistant 4 day completely heavy flow.
2. if they're really close together and your'e concerned, ask mom to get you to a doctor or go to one. They'll check you out to make sure you're ok.
3. it is normal for teens to skip one or two months, generally up to four, and then get a number of heavy periods close together (every two weeks or every three weeks) until they regulate out. Usually, teens regulate 3-4 years after they've started their period. So, if you started at 14, then you should regulate around 18.
Thanks, zoebird. It wouldn't concern me as much, but since I am 17 and I started when I was 10, it should be regular, you know? I don't suppose I will take any action unless in two weeks I start again or if it stay soo heavy. That BETTER not happen! lol.
Stress!! Oh, how could I forget about stress....(falls into the same category as anxiety, right?!) Cuz Saturday I snuck off to see my ex boyfriend, and it made me very nervous....I had to drive an hour to get there behind my parents back and my tummy was in knots....
what do you all think about spotting? i asked in the birds&bees thread but got no replies. i'm not due til the 3rd but have been spotting every day for about a week and a half to two weeks now. (uh i guess if it's every day it's not considered spotting anymore is it?)
i don't know what the deal is, i normally get it for a day or just a couple hours midmonth but this is getting rediculous. no cramps or anything and i'm normally very regular. sorta wierding me out a bit. i'm not really stressed either, not more than usual.
and yeah linz i wouldn't worry much, when i was a couple years younger mine were sooooo heavy but nowadays they're pretty light and only last 2 or 3 days. maybe you're just going through hormonal changes, i remember having one or two wierd months at your age before things started to mellow down
I'm 23 and my period is still very irregular. I eat enough, though, so that's not why. I have it for a few months and then it disappears for a month or two and then comes back. I think it's largely due to the amount of stress I have in my life right now (before there was a lot of stress because I was in school and working at the same time).
I've found some of the best ways to get back on track is to keep the rest of my life "cycles" as regular as possible. Eating at the same times of day, sleeping at the same times, and sleeping in the same bed--there was a time period of 4-5 months when I was back and forth from my place to my in-laws and that really messed things up--once I slept in the same bed every night my period came back. Another thing I've found that is if I am very depressed (for any number of reasons--death in the family, financial problems, being away from family and friends, marital/relationship problems, etc) for a long period of time, it goes away, too. I just have to do things that make me happy to chase away the depression. (No, I don't have clinical depression or anything, but certain things in my life do happen that makes me depressed for a while, but that's normal).
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