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Period is late- not sexually active

By November 9, 2015 - 5:09am
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My last period came about 2-3 days early during the afternoon of October 10th lasting about 6 days.
My period was due 1-2 days ago and it s a no show so far. I keep having super SUPER slight cramps for a quick second but a lot of times I just think it s gas.
I ve always been super regular with my periods and I ve had them for about 6 years now.
Lately I ve been trying to consume less food (anywhere between 1,200-1,900 calories a day). But I ve done this before and it didn t alter my period. I m not taking any medication. No illnesses or injuries.

This isn t really normal for me. I always know when I m going to start because I feel cramps and I m almost never late, only early sometimes.
I'm really worried because the other day I tried to finger myself which I had never done before and I'm super embarrassed about it. And I didn't wash my hands before I did so. And I'm worried I did something to myself.
I feel like my period will never come because I'm late when I never am, and I'm not getting the cramps like I always do. ):

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Hello coskayla,

Thank you for reaching out to us with your concern about the recent changes in your menstrual cycle.

I think we need to focus on your decrease in caloric intake as a possible cause.

How much do you weigh and how tall are you? How long have you been cutting back and how much weight have you lost?

Extreme weight loss, as well as extreme weight gain, can lead to a missed period or changes in the menstrual cycle. Irregular periods are seen in women with anorexia.

The daily recommended caloric intake for a sedentary female is about 1,600 to 2,000 calories per day for healthy weight management, about 1,800 to 2,200 calories each day for moderately active women, and 2,000 to 2,400 calories per day for active women.

For women who are obese or overweight, 1,000- to 1,600-calorie diets are often effective, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Although consuming fewer than 1,000 calories per day can lead to rapid weight loss, this requires medical supervision.

Stress and a hormonal imbalance, including a thyroid gland disorder can cause menstrual cycle irregularities.

coskayla, any further concerns can be discussed with your gynecologist, who can order blood test, counsel you about diet and do a physical exam.


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