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One period every year and a half?

By January 30, 2010 - 3:37pm
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I'm almost seventeen years old. I had my first period when I was twelve. Until I was fourteen, I was pretty regular. From then, I've had one period every year and a half. I don't have a female doctor yet, and my parents don't have the time to take me to one. Mom says that it's not a big deal. I'm still concerned, though. Could there be something wrong with my hormones or something?

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I had the same problem im 19. I started my period when i was 13 and i would have ...well.....ill give u an example: I started in, lets say, May, normal lasted 5 days then i would have one again till july...Thats how i was then my mom took me to the doctor and they put me on birthcontrol and i was on it till i was 18 and my periods are just fine now..I dnt think u have anything to worry about tho

January 31, 2010 - 8:53pm
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Hi starr90,
Thanks for sharing! It is very common for teenagers, when they first get their period, to have very irregular periods, including skipping a month or two. What may be concerning for this young women who originally posted the question is that she was regular for some time, then there has been a change, and she only gets a period every 18 months. As Susan said above, this could be normal for her, but should be medically evaluated (if any other teens are going through this), as it could indicate an underlying medical condition, and it's best to have it checked out.

It was great that your mom took you to the doctor, and that is all Susan is suggesting above, that the girl's mom take her concerns seriously (she said she was too busy) and take her to the doctor, just to rule out medical causes and help ease her mind.

I'm glad you are doing good!

January 31, 2010 - 9:30pm
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