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By December 11, 2010 - 11:08pm
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every since 2003 my period have been off track and i dont know why. i dont have a period for like 5 to 6 months and then when i come on it, it's not heavy .please help because i really need to know what's going on with my body.

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Hi romanda,
It is important for you to have a medical exam by your doctor, in order to know why you are not having regular periods. Why have you not seen a doctor since 2003; do you have access to a doctor?

Women can have irregular periods for many reasons, including underlying medical conditions. Amenorrhea is a condition described by women not having a period for 3 consecutive months:
In nonpregnant women, amenorrhea may result from a variety of factors, including an existing medical condition, lifestyle, emotional distress, hormonal irregularity, or medication. Every effort should be made to determine the exact cause. Specific causes of amenorrhea include:
* Dramatic weight loss, particularly from drastic diets, eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia , or excessive exercise
* Dramatic weight gain or morbid obesity
* Malnourishment
* Birth defects including lack of a uterus, vagina, or other reproductive organs
* Medical conditions including cystic fibrosis , Cushing's disease , polycystic ovary , or Prader-Willi syndrome
* Psychological stress—can lead to a hormonal imbalance sufficient to cause amenorrhea.
* Medications—some antidepressants, chemotherapeutics, corticosteroids, certain contraceptives.
* Chromosomal abnormalities
* Hermaphroditism (having both male and female reproductive organs)
* Pituitary tumor
* Thyroid dysfunction
* Uterine scarring

December 12, 2010 - 8:55am
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