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Do long and very irregular periods mean I can't have any children?

By August 31, 2009 - 1:28am
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I am 19 years old. I got my period when I was 11 years old. Since the first time my periods have always been irregular. And I mean very, I get them maybe 2-3 times a year and they last months. Since the age of 15, they have become very heavy to the point where I can't move, can't walk. My clots are HUGE, and very constant. When I was 17 years old, I started to go to doctors, and they checked everything, including my ovaries and all. They say everything looks perfectly normal, everything is fine. But then why are my periods sooo bad? It scares me to think I might not be able to have children. Is there something else I can do? Is there anything to help regulate my periods? I don't want to lose my chance in having kids. And overall this is not anyway to live. MY anemia is horrible. I have had my period since August 1st. I have had a little spotting in June/July (nothing major). But its really heavy, and I feel horrible. I find no comfort. I need advice! There has to be something wrong, and these doctors aren't helping! Pleaseee any advice, I am truly desperate! Thanks in advance!!

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I have irregular periods. I'm 16 and started my period march of 2011 and they were regular at first. But now they only come like every 4 months. This is causing my hormones to pass so I can't grow. The doctors said that my bones and skelatol thing is still immature. Well that's what the doctors said. I still don't know what is actually causing it. I guess its normal for right now since I haven't been having periods for that long.. :/

December 1, 2012 - 9:04am
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Well, I have quite a story for you, I also started my period at 11 and ever since they were always very irregular. Sometimes up to 8 months apart. When I was 16 I went to be put on birth control and asked the doctor, since my periods were irregular, would I have a hard time concieving later on in life? The doctor told me in order to concieve your periods had to be regular. She prescribed the birth control and told me when I should expect my next period, after I was almost done with my second box of pills, my period still hadn't come. So I decided to take a pregnancy test, it was positive, I went to the doctor and was informed that I was six months pregnant with a baby boy, I had no symptoms. So apparently my fear of being infertile was wrong and I was super fertile, but every person is different, good luck to you!

May 22, 2012 - 10:38am

DeeMelodee, A short response to your question-- not necessarily.

I am truly sorry that you have to be going through this. I do have a few questions for you...Do you take iron supplements for the anemia caused by the excessive blood loss? Have you seen more than one doctor? Do you have any other symptoms like excessive hair growth? acne? weight gain? high blood pressure? etc.

There are quite a few possibilities why your period is so irregular.
1. The first is something called PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome which occurs when a hormone imbalance interferes with normal ovulation.

Symptoms: irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, acne, male-pattern hair loss, and male-type hair growth on the face and body. Symptoms may occur early in the condition or develop gradually.

If it is not treated, it can lead to serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease and is also a major cause of infertility.

If your doctor ran tests on your ovaries, they were most likely concerned about PCOS and it looks as though this MAY not be your reason for an irregular period--though I would get a second opinion just to make sure.

2. Asherman’s syndrome. Ashermans's is inflammation of the lining of the uterus caused by scar tissue in the walls of the uterus. This is an uncommon condition that can cause changes in the menstrual cycle and can lead to miscarriage or infertility.

The scar tissue that causes Asherman’s syndrome may form after surgery on the uterus, such as dilation and curettage (D&C) or after an infection of the uterus, such as tuberculosis or schistosomiasis. A woman with this condition may have increased pain or cramping during her menstrual cycle. Her menstrual flow may decrease, or her periods may stop completely.

Asherman’s syndrome is treated with surgery to remove the scar tissue and antibiotics for infection.

3. Imperforate hymen- The hymen is the thin tissue around the entry of the vagina that usually has an opening for menstrual blood to pass through. Imperforate hymen means that the hymen does not have an opening, so the entry of the vagina is completely closed off by the hymen.

Imperforate hymen is often discovered when a girl starts her period. Because menstrual blood cannot get out of the vagina, the blood backs up. This causes pain and pressure in the pelvic area.

Imperforate hymen is treated with surgery to create an opening in the hymen.

Irritable bowel syndrome, tuberculosis, liver disease, and diabetes are also a cause for irregular periods. With the severity of your bleeding, I would get a second opinion and ask for a Head to toe physical-- and don't let them pass on anything.

Good luck, please keep us posted.

August 31, 2009 - 5:45am
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