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  • Posted By: roguey
  • October 30, 2006
  • 11:49 AM

Ok, it's really wierd, but I started menstruation at 17, it was President's day of 2000. It was very irregular and then it stopped and I have not had one since June, 2003. I was on birth control, which made them regular, but I went off of it after one year. Then they went back to being irregular (sometimes I would go up to 6 months without one). So when I didn't have one for 6 months I didn't think anything about it, and since I didn't have that many, I just didn't really notice that I hadn't menstruated in a long long time. Also, I am always tired, usually sluggish, and I have a horrible time losing weight, even while on diet pills. I finally set a Gyno appointment for about two weeks from now about it, but I want to convince myself that it is not something much much worse because then I might not want to go. I know that sounds wierd, but I will do that. Nowadays I'm addicted to caffiene and I can even fall asleep after drinking a bunch of it, but without it, I am too tired to get out of bed. Anyway. I am wondering if this sounds like a hormone imbalance. I am currently 23 years old, by the way.

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  • Well, firstoff I would say keep going to your gyno, but you are young and spotty periods can literally just be that - spotty due to age, genetics, or imbalanced hormones, those three things are no big deal and dont affect your health other than perhaps making you feel a bit crummy. If you drink alot of caffine, it will affect how your homones deal with your day to day. I know its hard to quit, but you might want to consider it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 05:53 PM
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  • Ok, it's really wierd, but I started menstruation at 17, it was President's day of 2000. It was very irregular and then it stopped and I have not had one since June, 2003. I was on birth control, which made them regular, but I went off of it after one year. Then they went back to being irregular (sometimes I would go up to 6 months without one). So when I didn't have one for 6 months I didn't think anything about it, and since I didn't have that many, I just didn't really notice that I hadn't menstruated in a long long time. Also, I am always tired, usually sluggish, and I have a horrible time losing weight, even while on diet pills. I finally set a Gyno appointment for about two weeks from now about it, but I want to convince myself that it is not something much much worse because then I might not want to go. I know that sounds wierd, but I will do that. Nowadays I'm addicted to caffiene and I can even fall asleep after drinking a bunch of it, but without it, I am too tired to get out of bed. Anyway. I am wondering if this sounds like a hormone imbalance. I am currently 23 years old, by the way. Ask to be tested for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Do a search of the syndrome. Visit the pcos support group boards to read about other women with the condition. Just by reading what you've said here, that is what it sounds like it may be. (I have PCOS so I know more than I want to about it) I went years knowing I had a hormone imbalance but not knowing what it was. I went from doctor to doctor to doctor and nobody could ever tell me what the problem was. Finally I asked to be tested for PCOS and sure enough, that's what I have. I am now being tested to see if I am already a diabetic due to no treatment of the PCOS for so long. PCOS isn't fun, but it's treatable and I feel so much better when I'm properly medicated and eating right. Good luck.
    fdgarrett 4 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 08:36 PM
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  • If you don't mind me asking, how old were you when you were diagnosed, and how long had it been untreated?
    roguey 1 Replies
    • October 31, 2006
    • 02:59 AM
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  • If you don't mind me asking, how old were you when you were diagnosed, and how long had it been untreated? I started seeing doctors about my symptoms/issues when I was 14. I wasn't diagnosed until I was 26 and therefore didn't receive any treatment until then. Once I started medication, I was on Metformin at 1000mgs a day, which is not a theraputic dose for PCOS. You have to be on a minimum of 1500mgs of Met for it to be theraputic. I had my first non-induced cycle on 2000mgs but that didn't happen until I was 28. Most likely I will have to take Avandia or another more aggressive medication when my current testing is completed.
    fdgarrett 4 Replies
    • October 31, 2006
    • 03:53 PM
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