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Should I be concerned about my menstrual cycle?

By July 28, 2013 - 3:53pm
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My period was 2 weeks late this month... And I finally got it Friday and it's already gone today Sunday. They're never that short for me and they're always heavy. The whole time it was very light and I was reading online and it said when you miss your period it's usually much heavier. But the thing is I do have an eating disorder and did lose a little weight. When I went to the doctor June 22 I was only deficient in vitamin d and that's normal. However, I haven't been eating as much since, then.

A few months ago I had the same problem and it was gone for three months we think it was from medication though because once I stopped taking it, it came back. Luckily, I don't take that anymore. Should I be concerned?

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I've had mine for almost 4 years and I haven't taken that medication since April. I'm just going to weight it out my parents won't take me to the doctor...

July 28, 2013 - 5:27pm
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Hi EDfighter1998,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Menstrual periods are often irregular during the first few years after menstruation starts It may take several years for the hormones that control menstruation to reach a balance. If you are not pregnant, other causes of missed or irregular periods include: 

Excessive weight loss or gain. Although low body weight is a common cause of missed or irregular periods, obesity also can cause menstrual problems.

Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia. For more information, see the topic Anorexia nervosa or Bulimia nervosa.

Increased exercise.  Missed periods are common in endurance athletes.

Emotional stress.



Medicines such as birth control methods, which may cause lighter, less frequent, more frequent, or skipped periods or no periods at all.

Hormone problems. This may cause a change in the levels of the hormones that the body needs to support menstruation.  If you have been through this before and it was due to the medications you were taking and are still taking them, then that might the same cause for the changes.  But, it’s always best to let your OBGYN know of the changes to your cycles. He will be able to let you know if this is normal.



July 28, 2013 - 5:05pm
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