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pretty scared, need some girl advice quick!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 30, 2007
  • 01:16 AM

Okay, this is something i have been dealing with for months now and Im too afraid to do anything about it or know what to think. I am an 18 year old female and am sexually active. However, I have not had a period since march 2007. I dont know what happened, but obviously I am not pregnant because i would know by now and i have no symptoms of...anything really. I was on Estrostep as a birth control but went off of it when i broke up with my boyfriend. I read that sometimes going off the pill can caus eyou to miss a period but mine never came back..? Im getting really worried and i know this is not good for me.
Also, I have had a history of eating disorders, including both anorexia and bulimia so i think that may have something to do with it seeing as i still suffer from them in my daily life even though Im in therapy and counseling. I am a normal weight though at 122 for a 5'4" female.
PLEASE help me if you know ANYTHING...or have dealt with similar.
Thank you so much...

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  • I think it's kind of normal, but upsetting. It may take six months or so for your body to come into balance. If you have insurance, you should be checked by a doctor. They would do blood work, maybe an ultrasound...but I think they will say not to worry, it's hormones.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 30, 2007
    • 05:35 AM
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  • I think it's kind of normal, but upsetting. It may take six months or so for your body to come into balance. If you have insurance, you should be checked by a doctor. They would do blood work, maybe an ultrasound...but I think they will say not to worry, it's hormones. You can buy that Progesterone creme at health food stores and rub it on your wrists. It might bring it on.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 30, 2007
    • 05:36 AM
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  • You really want to get this looked into. Missing periods caused by eating disorders can give you alot of problems that you don't wan't later in life. Anorexia and starvation can cause the menstrual cycle to stop. This is called amenorrheoea. A woman must have at least 22% body fat for her menstruation to be regualar. If your disorder is under control - you could also be lacking iron and in that case you should try an iron supplement. When this has been tried, if you are still having problems you need to see a gyno. Menstrual cycle interruption can have many other causes as well. With eating disorders your production of female sex hormones are reduced. This reduction is caused by weight loss and food restriction. Menstruations usually return to normal a few months after weight recovery. The body stops the menstrual cycle in order to protect blood and protein reserves. Amenorrhoea is combined with reduced sexual desire and is caused by the same reduction of hormones and called sexual anorexia. Fat and muscular mass distribution may also occur as a result of reduced secretion of sex hormones. The drop in hormone levels, linked to malnutrition, causes bone and teeth demineralisation and can result in osteoporosis (loss of bone mass). Since the changes described are caused by malnutrition it is useless, if not detrimental, to try to resolve them by treating you with birth control pills. It would just encourage new losses that the body can not recover and, in the long-term, will only worsen the situation. There are as I mentioned other causes as well. In other words this is something you need to talk to a doctor about. Don't be afraid, talking to a doctor about this would be your first step in the right direction. Hope this helps... Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2007
    • 02:35 PM
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  • well said kiera, the lost of periods combined with the eating problems could be problematic and i dont think id wait if i were you to see a dr....good luck..:):)
    Heartsore 14 Replies
    • October 30, 2007
    • 05:41 PM
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  • Since the changes described are caused by malnutrition it is useless, if not detrimental, to try to resolve them by treating you with birth control pills. It would just encourage new losses that the body can not recover and, in the long-term, will only worsen the situation. This is very true, and thank you Kiera for such a good post. Unfortunately, most docs have an extremely limited background on nutrition and nutritional deficiencies. I suggest trying an alternative approach to getting your periods back on track. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for thousands of years to help Women's gynecological disorders. It is so very helpful! Please consider trying acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine to help get you back in balance. A good Herbal practitioner should be NCCAOM certified in Chinese herbology...look for this in a practitioner. Acupuncture will help both the eating disorders, amenorrhea, and any emotional problems that are associated. Can't recommend this highly enough. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • October 30, 2007
    • 07:00 PM
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