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why am I not getting my period?

February 25, 2021
Asked by: Manha
Hiya and hello. Is there a problem with me if I don’t get my period for 2 months? I'm 18 and I have not had sex yet so I don't what's happening. Is this normal at my age?

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February 25, 2021

It's not unusual to see some irregularity to menstrual cycles in the first few years of cycling. Other common causes of missed periods can include weight loss, undereating calories or carbohydrates, overexercising or increased stress levels. If your cycle does not resume over the next few months, it would be worthwhile to see your health care practitioner for bloodwork and possibly a pelvic ultrasound to rule out other hormonal concerns such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or prolactinoma.

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Carly King
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February 25, 2021

Although it is not uncommon for women in their teens to have irregular cycles, I would suggest speaking with your doctor or a Naturopathic doctor who can help determine the cause for your long cycles. Depending on your health history and your family history, there are a few conditions which could cause long/irregular cycles - your diet, stress levels, hormonal balance, thyroid health and blood sugar/insulin regulation can all play a role here so it is worth investigating to determine the cause.

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Nicole Tille
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February 25, 2021

Hello Manha, It is not normal to miss your period at that age but it can be common. If you have ruled out the idea of a potential pregnancy, it may be worth seeing a healthcare professional as there are some conditions like PCOS or hypothyroidism that can lead to irregular cycles or skipping months. Stress can also make us miss a period. A naturopathic doctor or other health professional will be able to do a thorough health assessment to see what may be at play.

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Suhani Shah
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February 25, 2021

There can be several reasons for missed periods. Yes - pregnancy is typically considered, but in your case we look elsewhere. No period typically means you haven't ovulated - most commonly this could be caused by PCOS or low body fat percentage (body fat is needed to make hormones). This should definitely be investigated by your healthcare provider! We need regular periods monthly to support healthy endometrial tissue and estrogen for bones, brain and other tissues!

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Tiffany Dzugan
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February 25, 2021

Hi Manha, Your period is an important marker of your health, good for you for starting to pay attention to it. It may be normal for you, and it may be a sign of something else going on. We'd have to ask some specific questions around symptoms and overall health. Possibly some bloodwork to really determine if there is an issue. Hope that helps! -- Dr Dori Skye Engel, ND www.familynaturopathy.ca

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February 25, 2021

Depending on your cycle history, it can be normal to have irregular periods. In the first few years of getting your period it can be irregular. However if you have been menstruating for a while now and it is usually regular, then this is something to look into a bit more. Your activity level and weight can impact your period as well as stress levels. Some hormonal changes and conditions such as PCOS can also cause irregular periods. If this continues it is best to speak to an ND or MD.

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