fermales! Havnt had a period in five months.

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amberrozell

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Posted: 20 Sep 2012, 14:03
Gyno says thats normal for working out a lot. I exercise 6 days a week 90 min a day. I am 5"8 and weigh a toned 133lb. So a healthy weight and 24 years old. Anyone else experience this?!?! In the past 18 months I have had no period for 3 months... then got it normal for 6 and now nothing since April! Freaked out!
NCNOLE

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Posted: 20 Sep 2012, 14:08
I'm right there with you. Regular as can be and nothing in 5 months. I do cardio 20-60 minutes daily (which is a decrease over past month) and weights for 20-30 minutes 4 days a week. I have lost a lot of weight, but nothing since May and I still have 20 pounds to go. I'm finally at a "normal" weight per BMI, but working on getting a little lower to have wiggle room. I had my body fat tested in June and it was still high. I actually have gyno appt tomorrow. I'm thinking hormone imbalance or not enough iron or.... Smile
amberrozell

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Posted: 20 Sep 2012, 14:23
Oh do let me know what your doctor says!!! my doctor is hard to understand and I explained to her how freaked out i am getting about it (no im not pregnant im positive of that). Then she just kept saying its normal its normal. I just dont know anyone else who has gone through this. This is not normal for someones body to do when they are in their 20s and healthy weight! ahhh... good luck! please keep me posted asap!
karabeth

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Posted: 20 Sep 2012, 14:47
This happened to me in college and it was mostly stress related. Both from working out and mental stress. My gyno actually sat me down recently and told me that there is no real reason to get your period every month. She advised that I use my birth control all the way through the month to never get my period (PMS was turning me into a crazy person lol.) Just listen to your doctor and listen to your body Smile
Snow833

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Posted: 20 Sep 2012, 15:40
You really don't have to be scared. The only time we need to have regular periods is when we want to get pregnant. I didn't get my period for 3 months when i was a teenager because of my crazy diet back than. I just got 2 hormon shots in my butt and in 2 days i got my period. I have it every month since then but I know I could lose it again because of my big weight lose.
Aclama

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Posted: 20 Sep 2012, 18:29
same thing happens to me!
celestialnob...

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Posted: 20 Sep 2012, 22:55
I've had irregular periods since I first got mine (20 years ago). They don't correct themselves unless I'm on birth control. My weight and activity level doesn't make a difference, as I've had the same issue being thin and active and heavy and sedentary. I've mentioned it to doctors and they've never been concerned. I wouldn't worry about it too much.
Rachel...

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Posted: 20 Sep 2012, 22:56
You should get your bodyfat tested for sure b/c 133 lbs @ 5'8"is pretty light, esp. if you're toned & muscular as you say. Women need to have a MINIMUM of 13% bodyfat in order to be healthy & have regular periods. When my bodyfat dropped down to 12% ten years ago (i was working out as much as you are now) i stopped having periods. when i was 19 i woudn't have a period for a few months, then i'd get one that lasted 2 weeks, then off for 2 weeks, on for 2 weeks. i asked the campus nurse & she said it was stress & not to worry, but to take extra iron supplements b/c of all the blood i'd been losing.
JessWhatINee...

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Posted: 20 Sep 2012, 23:10
i didn't have a period for a year when i was at my lightest. which still was pretty heavy (5'11" & 170lbs, just barely out of the overweight range) I was also working out 90 minutes a day 6 days a week. I finally had to go to the doctor to get my hormone levels checked (to rule out early menopause). they were fine. it was just oo much exercise. when your body isn't getting enough energy (calories) to support all it's functions the first ones to go are the unnecessary ones i.e. menstrual cycle. work out less, up your calories, or go to your doc to get on the pill.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 21 Sep 2012, 15:56
Just to follow up... Had my doctor's appointment today and lab tests were ordered - mostly hormones like FSH, TSH, and estradiol. (I have fasting labs ordered by my family doctor for next week, so she did not order thyroid panel). Anyways, she said for me (I'm 37), it could be early menopause or premature ovary failure since I don't have a family history of early onset menopause. But she also said that it could be from the weight loss and exercising, but since for me the weight loss was gradual over almost 2 years and that my exercise did not seem excessive and was not a recent addition, she wasn't so sure if that was it. Other things to consider were stress, which has been a little higher the past several months (but don't tell my blood pressure that b/c it stays low).
Bottom line is I have to wait a week for the lab results and if I don't get my period soon, then I get a shot of provera to see if it will start. I'll let you know if I discover that it is diet related.
Preggo38

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Posted: 21 Sep 2012, 20:40
That happens,alot with female athletes. Look up Female Athlete Triad. I'm forty but lost mine for a couple of months when I was doing P90X and Insanity and following a strict diet. After dropping the weight and sticking to 60-75 min workouts instead of 75-120min and upping calories and food variety it came back. Premenopause was a possibilty but doc doesn't think so because of my family history. At your age there is some concern if it went on for a very long time. My room mate lost hers for a year when she was training on the rowing team and limiting her calories in university. Her body fat got to around 11%. Basically if your body doesn't think you could sustain a pregnancy it won't ovulate and hence no period. I don't know if it was as a result of this or not but she couldn't conceive after getting married and they had to try fertility.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 28 Sep 2012, 08:22
Ok, so I got my labs back this morning and have been diagnosed with "hypothalmic hypogonadism". I guess my hormone levels were low. Doc said it can be caused by stress, excessive exercise, and weight loss. She said it is fairly common and that she could send me to an endocrinologist or just follow up with her in 6 months. I ended up starting my cycle the day after my doctor's appt which is crazy, but it was normal. So, I opted to just see how things go over the next 6 months and follow up with gyno at that time if things don't stay normal. (Just a little back info - my BF% in June was 32% using something called bod-pod, so still considered overweight from that standard despite doing cardio/weight training daily for the past year. I have cut back on the cardio and increased my weight training to see if I can build more muscle and shed more fat. I do feel more muscular now and hope to have my 6-pack by the end of the year! The weight loss of 75lbs occurred in 1 1/2 years - so not too rapid. And I have had stress associated w/ a new job.) So, amber, if you have stress, exercise, and weight loss too, this could be what is going on, but I would probably go get some labs so that you can rest easy knowing you're okay.
amberrozell

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Posted: 02 Oct 2012, 09:05
Thank you time 10000000x ncnole! I am going to look into this. I had a sugery in april, a new job may, weight loss and all that fun stuff.. so im asuming thats what is the cause. i just hate the feeling of not being a "normal" woman! You guys are seriously fantastic. This is something thats been bothering me for awhile now.



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