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Delayed Period but Not Pregnant

By June 26, 2011 - 12:49am
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For the past 3 months I haven't had my period. I've taken 3 pregnancy tests which all came out negative and I haven't had any unprotected sex before or during that time. I am 5 feet 3 inches tall and less than a hundred pounds. i used to work out a lot, like jog 30 minutes a day and then dance a lot, more than 20 hours a week. I stopped recently. Could this be a factor for my irregular period? I've also been irregular since i began my first menses. My courses were regular for a short time when I was taking birth control but I stopped and it was irregular again. How can I get my period again?

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Thank you!! Btw, i have had no unprotected sex in a while. I have, twice this year and I had two months of regular menstruation after.

July 5, 2011 - 10:36am
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What should I do for the meantime? Thanks.

June 26, 2011 - 6:50pm
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You may have to wait until you can get to your doctor. It may be possible that he will put you back on birth control pills to regulate your period again or prescribe a medication that will induce your period if he feels necessary.

June 27, 2011 - 8:13am

Hi Igr2492,

Have you put on some weight since you stopped exercising? Usually when someone is underweight your body can stop ovulating and therefore cause amenorrhea. This could be the reason why you used to have irregular periods.

Here are some reasons why you may be having amenorrhea:
Stress. Mental stress can temporarily alter the functioning of your hypothalamus — an area of your brain that controls the hormones that regulate your menstrual cycle. Ovulation and menstruation may stop as a result. Regular menstrual periods usually resume after your stress decreases.
Low body weight. Excessively low body weight interrupts many hormonal functions in your body, potentially halting ovulation. Women who have an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia, often stop having periods because of these abnormal hormonal changes.
Excessive exercise. Women who participate in sports that require rigorous training, such as ballet, long-distance running or gymnastics, may find their menstrual cycle interrupted. Several factors combine to contribute to the loss of periods in athletes, including low body fat, stress and high energy expenditure.
Hormonal imbalance
Many types of medical problems can cause hormonal imbalance, including:

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS causes relatively high and sustained levels of hormones, rather than the fluctuating levels seen in the normal menstrual cycle.
Thyroid malfunction. An overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism) thyroid gland can cause menstrual irregularities, including amenorrhea.
Pituitary tumor. A noncancerous (benign) tumor in your pituitary gland can interfere with the hormonal regulation of menstruation.
Premature menopause. Menopause usually occurs between ages 45 and 55. In some women, the ovarian supply of eggs diminishes before age 40, and menstruation stops.

If you think that any of these apply to you, be sure to visit your doctor to determine the cause.

All the best,


June 26, 2011 - 5:36am
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