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Primary and secondary amenhorrea

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 21, 2006
  • 04:35 PM

I am now 45. My two sisters and mother all had their menses by the time they were 12. I had all the primary puberty signs by age 8 (hair growth, acne, odors, etc.) but small no breast growth- unlike my sisters, by 14. I felt like a freak and people treated me as such. I developed anorexia right before my 16th birthday and maintained it for roughly 4 months- my weight dropped to 95lbs and I was 5'4". After parents threatened divorce if I didn't stop, I began eating everything in sight for about 6 months- gaining 60 pounds. I gradually lost that weight 2 years later and promptly went into bulimia to maintain weight loss. Result- never had my period until I was 27 years old-- oddly enough- when I started attending AA meetings with a recovering friend-- which helped me relax a bit on the bulimic behavior. Anyway-- continued bulimic behavior for 23 years. My period had actually become regular during the last months of my bulimia-- I could no longer maintain low fat level and my body was gradually putting on a bit of heft- I was exhausted all the time but-wow,finally had a normal period. I even got pregnant ( and stopped bulimic behavior but miscarried after three months- then my period resumed. So, when I finally stopped the bulimia completely I assumed my menses would regulate and be healthy. But they stopped completely. I haven't had a single period (other than an induced period through one month of hormone treatments) in two years. My doctors say I'm not going through menopause (hormone levels are healthy) so no one knows what's up. I need help-- my husband and I want children but he would prefer biological child rather than adoption. I just want to have another chance-- plus I would just like to have my period again until menopause sets in. Can anyone advise me?

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