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How many months is the standard for irregular menstrual cycles?

By September 30, 2014 - 2:29pm
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Hello, well i guess what im trying to ask... is when should i be worried about not getting my period? i am NOT pregnant i havent ever been. i am 23 years old, i went to get a pap smear test and they always come out "fine" ......but i never truly feel that way! so i feel like Doctors are ripping me off .... however its been 7 months since my last period... march was my last month ...maybe during june i got brown reddish residue for a day or two but no actual period. I really wanna be able to have children so i dont know if this is or should be red flag going up? Im 5'7 healthy average not athletic at ALL just like to eat TONS of greens! so i dont understand why this "irregular state of my menstrual cycle" any advice or any comments would be greatly appreciated thank you.... Like i said i just want to have a baby... and with no period... ITS NOT gonna happen lol

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HERWriter Guide

Hi Bashful and thanks for your question.

First, some basics. Your period, or menstruation, is a normal part of a woman’s reproductive cycle. Each month chemical messengers known as hormones instruct the lining of a woman’s vagina or womb to thicken as part of the preparation for a fertilized egg to implant as an embryo.

If no egg is fertilized, at the end of the monthly cycle the lining of the womb breaks free and exits the body in a flow of blood known as the period.

A menstrual cycle is counted from the first day of one period to the first day of the next. The average menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, but can vary between 21 and 35 days for adult women and 21 to 45 days in teenage girls.

Going without a period for as long as you have is not normal. There is a name for this, Amenorrhea, which means absent periods or absent menses. There are many reasons for this, and you can read about them here.

At your age, you are not likely to be menopausal, and you're sure you're not pregnant, so it would be important to see your doctor for an examination to determine what is causing you to not have periods. Will you let us know what you learn? It could help other women.

Does this help? Hope you have answers from your doctor soon.



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