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irregular menstral cycle and no period for 5 months straight

By February 20, 2012 - 10:55pm
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I'm 23 yrs old, I didn't get my period until I was a freshman in high school, I was 16 so I guess that is somewhat normal, though I was later than all my friends. After my first period ever I didn't have a period for months at least 5. I went to the doctor she gave me a pregnancy test even though I wasn't sexually active. When I got my next period I would have them every other month. At age 20 I. Went three months without a period I wasn't having sex so I know I wasn't pregnant. Now I'm 23 and sexually active I had my last period sept 2011. I took a pregnancy test and it was negative. Its been 5 months and this can't be normal. Any ideas as to what can be wrong??

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Ok good deal. It's probably nothing to worry about though because my friend is the exact same way and won't have hers for months at a time but she has had 3 unsuccesful pregnancies. Keep us posted!

February 21, 2012 - 7:05pm

I think if its been 5 months since your last period you would know you're pregnant but you never know. Id i were you i would see a Dr and take a blood test. Good luck!

February 21, 2012 - 9:10am
(reply to sandy89)

I was thinking the samething. I feel like I would know if I were pregnant. Five months is a long time. You're right though, you never know. I'm going to the doctor this week. Thanks : )

February 21, 2012 - 11:49am

Hi jasminej,

Welcome to EmpowHER! I'm sorry to hear about that, it sounds like a nerve-racking situation! It's hard to know what's going on without having more information. Have you noticed any patterns about when your period is most irregular (or absent, rather)? Our diets, physical activity and stress can make our periods non-existent. Are you eating enough? Enough nutritious, healthy foods? 

Here's an article about irregular menstrual cycles that may help provide some insight: https://www.empowher.com/menstrual-cycle/content/irregular-menstrual-cycles

Have you ever taken birth control or other hormones that may help regulate it, or change it in any way? When was the last time you saw your doctor?

Especially now that you are sexually active, birth control might be a good way to help regulate your period and keep the nervousness and guesswork from "Am I Pregnant" curiosities. Perhaps at this point, it's time to see the doctor again to make sure everything is alright. Keep us updated!


February 21, 2012 - 6:58am
(reply to Danielle Serrano)

Hi Danielle, thanks for your feedback. To answer your questions; I really haven't seen a pattern. My period has always been irregular, I figure that was my norm. My diet may be a factor, I don't eat as much or as often as I should. I have a crazy schedule with work and school, so I'm an on the run eater, and its not always healthy. I have been stressed out a lot. The last time I went to the doctor was last yr for my pap and I got on birth control pills. The only thing they helped with were the cramps. I stopped using them after I finished the pack because at that time I was celibate and didn't see the point. My period still came every other month. I'm scheduling myself an appoinment for this. week. Thanks again : )

February 21, 2012 - 11:39am
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