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By August 9, 2010 - 5:23pm
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Hi again,

So I'm 20 years old and have an incredibly irregular period. I am sexually active with my boyfriend of 4 years. We always use a condom. After sex, I always check the condom to see if there's a leak to determine if I need to take Plan B.

My last period was June 16, 2010. It's now August 9. I had protected sex on June 25 and 26. Then again July 20, 21, and 22. I have experienced very light brown spotting on two occasions; July 22 and August 3. I have no clue what's going on! I took a First Response pregnancy test on August 4 and got a negative result.

I'm so worried but feel there's no reason to be. I really don't think I'm pregnant unless there was a tiny microscopic hole in the condom that sperm was able to to actually penetrate. I have experienced some change in lifestyle though. For instance, I worked full time for 6 months from January to June. In July, I went back to classes. I actually eat less during school for some reason and ended up losing about 4 lbs. Do you think this change in my daily routine and eating habits can cause a missing period? If it is, should it really be THIS delayed?

I haven't been to the OBGYN this year, nor have I ever taken birth control. My mother and aunt have a history of ovarian cysts, which have been removed. Please help, I'm so tired of this irregularity.


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Well I asked her if she could give me something to force my period to start. But she said to eat the right amount of calories, get the nutrition I need, and my period will start.

I'm just a little freaked out because what if it's one of those unique cases of "I didn't know I was pregnant?"

September 14, 2010 - 4:27pm
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Hi again Paranoid,

I am exactly the same way as you. I have experienced irregular periods for many many years. I went without a period for well over 8 months one time and there was nothing really wrong with me, although my physician ended up giving me a prescription to force my period to start. After that, they prescribed me the Pill in order to regulate my period.

Since you have irregular periods, you should look into birth control methods to regulate your period. My own personal preference was to take the Pill since this still caused you to have a period. I didn't like the idea of having no periods at all as some birth control methods maintain.

Any changes in your lifestyle will certainly cause delayed periods as well.

Have you talked to your physician about these alternatives?

September 12, 2010 - 9:47am

One month later. No period.

I went to Planned Parenthood on Friday... had a full annual exam. I have to wait two weeks to hear from her for the blood test results in case my thyroid is messed up. She felt my uterus and said it was small. She said that if I were pregnant, my uterus would be the size of a grapefruit by now. Another urine pregnancy test and it came up negative.

I know stress is delaying my period but this is just stupid. -_-

The doctor also advised that I eat more because a 1200 calorie diet is sufficient enough. But I honestly don't think I was starving myself at this caloric intake. :/

September 12, 2010 - 9:31am
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Paranoid - Sometimes stress can cause a delay in your period, even when the stressors are as simple as a change in routine. You may just want to give it another week or two. If you're extremely worried you could have a blood test done by your doctor's office. In light of the spotting you may want to be seen anyway, just to be sure that everything's okay. Good luck to you. Pat

August 9, 2010 - 6:37pm
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