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Missed periods without having sex - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
how can i help you?
User :   Hi, I'm just wondering something...I haven't had my period in 2 months...I know I'm not pregnant because I've never had sex, what else could be the cause?
Doctor :  
Were your periods regular before?
User :   every 26-29 days
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :  
Kindly provide your age, occupation
User :   18, I work in the food service industry
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
There are various causes for this delay in periods
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like stress, if you have any illness
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If you are overweight, uncer weight
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certain medical problems like thyroid, anemia etc
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are some of the causes
User :   I'm not stressed(that I know of), not on any medications, have no known illness, my weight varies from 150-160, I have no known issues with my thyroid or anemia
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
The periods can be brought back by some medications
User :   Also, what first alerted me to my missed cycle was some strange symptoms to which my co-workers assumed that I was pregnant...nausea at certain smells, hating foods I liked before, back aches, etc
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
but you never had sex before right
User :   I normally refuse to take any meds unless a DR is insistent upon them...the only thing that I will take is ibuprofen and I rarely take even that unless it's something that I can't deal with
User :   exactly
Doctor :  
so pregnancy is ruled out
User :   pregnancy is the last thing on the list to think about
Doctor :   yes

User :   plus I got 2 negatives when a co-worker made me take an HPT
Doctor :  
so you need to take synthetic hormones to get back your periods
Doctor :   and you also need some blood work up

User :   synthetic hormones? is this something that is fairly normal or not?
Doctor :  
i didn't get you
Doctor :   Usually progesterones are given to bring back the periods

User :   is skipping cycles something that happens to a lot of young women or is it something that should be especially concerning...
Doctor :  
sme times in their life this happens to many of the women
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there is nothing to worry about it
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but if it repeats for more times then it needs to be looked in to
User :   ok...so is there a possibility that my cycle could start back on it's own?
Doctor :  
Already 2 months over
Doctor :  
you can wait for the periods
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but is suggest you to take hormones to get your periods
Doctor :   instead of it to come on its own
User :   but it is an option to wait a bit...if it doesn't start in the next 5 days it will have been 2 full months without it...and if I don't get it again next month I should look into a doctor immediately?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :  
that will be better
Doctor :   wait for until next period if you still donot get you can see a gynecologist
User :   but what could be the cause...is it something in my daily life or a medical issue
User :   okay I will
Doctor :  
as i told you there are various cuases like stress, change in schedules, tension, any illness can cause change in the hormones causing this kind of delay in periods
User :   I'm a college student so everything about my life is not normal...I eat maybe a meal a day with a few snacks on the go, I get about 4 hours of sleep, I'm on my feet at work for 8 hours straight...would all that cause it?
User :   ok
Doctor :   yes this is the main cause

Doctor :  
your routine is totally disturbed, as a result of this
Doctor :  
the hormones will stop the menstruation
User :   Lol okay, well there's not much I can do about my schedule/routine...at least not for now...but at least that is a little easier to pinpoint the problem perhaps
Doctor :  
you atleast ned to take a healthy food
Doctor :  
You need to take right kind of diet at correct time, have sufficient sleep, avoid stress, involve in some light exercises
User :   I eat chicken, salads, yogurt, and some fruit/vegetables for the most part
Doctor :   that is good

Doctor :  
you also should eat lot of vegetables
User :   I don't have much time for sleep unfortunately...I don't get home from work until between 11pm and 12am, then I'm up doing homework until about 2-3, then up again around 6/7am...
Doctor :   ok

User :   I'm on my feet for 8 hours a day at work, besides that I still stretch and I try to do some exercises before bed but a lot of times I just don't get the chance
Doctor :  
you have lot of stress
User :   not really...I'm used to how my life works...the only time I get stressed is near test time in classes or if something is going on with my grandparents healt
Doctor :  
If possible involve in some yoga or meditation at least for 15 minutes
Doctor :   it is not a major issue you need not worry too much
Doctor :  
if you periods keep becoming irregular then you need to be investigated
User :   ok, well thanks so much for your time and your advice! If I skip again next month, I will deff go and see a doctor! Thanks!
Doctor :   please fill the feed back form

User :   I did, thanks1
Doctor :  
Have you filled the feedback form?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   no I think that's all for now, thanks you've been very helpful!
User :   have a good evening
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