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i've stopped getting my period.


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okay so i've lost 20 pounds since mid summer, and I know i'm not being healthy. But just what effect does losing your period have on the body? I haven't had mine in the past 2 months.
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Do you want to get healthy?
there have been some other interesting posts in health&support asking this exact same question, so you might want to check those out as I may not be remembering correctly. other than it being a pretty big wakeup indicator that you aren't adequately nourished, i believe that an absence of a period for long enough actually leads to increased risk of ovarian cancer! for your sake, i'm hoping that you want to get healthy. I'm in the same underweight/quick weight loss situation and i'm hoping that the reason that i am still getting my period isn't merely due to the fact that i'm on birth control. anyone able to shed any light on this?

 

Being underweight for a long period of time can cause permanent organ damage. Anorexia being a main cause of long-term underweight.

 

I posted this link elsewhere but losing your period is dangerous, because it means you are "technically infertile" at the time. Your body says that it doesn't have enough energy to grow a fetus, so it stops releasing eggs. If the underweight condition remains for long enough, the damage can become permanent...

I've included this link to a story about Nikki Grahame, a celebreality star, who is now permanently infertile due to a struggle with anorexia. She will never be able to have children.

Nikki Grahame Unable to have children here is a link to the site.

I don't know if it helps you see what kind of damage being underweight can do. It's just information, take it as you will.

 

 

 

 

I would see a doctor, personally. Also, to Jessinca, the birth control pill gives you a "period" every month regardless of your ability to sustain a fetus (the bleeding on a birth control pill is just "breakthrough bleeding" and is not a "real period" per se). If you're worried about your weight and health, I'd see a doctor :)

 

Hope this helps, it's just my opinion and advice. :)

I haven't gotten mine since January 2007. My doctor says its just a matter of time before I get it back. And yup, I've got an eating disorder.

Sorry that's not much help. My doctor pisses me off.

Your body will only have a period if it has enough body fat to be able to support another life. If it gets below this point it does not release the eggs to be fertilized as basically the baby would not be able to healthily develop from the lack of nourishment it would receive from your body. I have a friend that lost weight until she weighed about 85 pounds. She hasn't had her period in over a year due to this. Fortunately she's begun gaining weight back and is in the 90's and becoming more healthy. It's a personal choice you have to make to have a healthy weight, though.

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 Hello Dear!

       &nb sp;  I had the same problem for some time. I had it very irregular. It was like that for some few months. Then it disappeared for more than a year. I even went to the hospital and carried out echography but to no avail. My period came back when i finally loose some weight and changed my diet and it finally yeilded some fruits. Now i have my period though not too regular. I would advise that you visit a Doctor to determine the root of the problem.

If you were normally very regular, then that could be something you want to see a doctor about. 

Although, I was always irregular growing up and would miss two months here and there all the time, even when i wasn't dieting.  I didn't start getting regular periods until just this year and now I'm 21. (had my first at 12/13).

But yeah, its hard to tell what the exact problem is with lady stuff. It could be stress related as well.

The easiest way for me to explain is that your body has flipped the switch to off on your period because you body is not getting what it needs and doesn't want to harm itself by releasing the egg or allowing you to bleed.

This may not be correct, but I see it as your body knows that you are not healthy enough to have children right now and it is stopping that possibility.

I would definitely go to a doctor to discuss your diet and your period.

fertility clinics are kept busy by underweight women who want to get pregnant but can't, because they've damaged their reproductive organs beyond repair. 

At your stage of the game, you can fix it by proper nutrition.

Original Post by elbowsmgee:

okay so i've lost 20 pounds since mid summer, and I know i'm not being healthy. But just what effect does losing your period have on the body? I haven't had mine in the past 2 months.

 Losing your period is not the problem in and of itself.  It is a symptom of the problem, which is MALNUTRITION.  Seek professional help ASAP.

just to clarify something, I see this getting thrown around all the time, not getting your period is NOT always from being underweight.

When I lost mine I was not underweight by any means.  

okay, so is losing your period the result of being underweight, or not getting the right nutrition? i realize the two are related, but they are slightly different.
and yes, i do want ot get healthy...i'm seeing my doctor in about two weeks to talk about fixing my eating habits. we'll see how it goes, i was just curious about this topic in particular.
You can loose your period from not getting the right nutrition but be at a normal weight. If you restrict your calories or certain nutrients like fat some bodies will not get their cycles. Its a sign of being malnurished. This can also happen when people exercise too mcuh because it puts a strain on your body. You also obviously if underweight can loose your period from lack of body fat and lack of nutrients. I encourage you to be honest with your doc and maybe get a nutritionist to establish a healthy meal plan.
I haven't had my period since June 2006.  So it's been about a year and a half.  I'm recovering from anorexia, so I know that it's dangerous, but I've been eating normally (or trying to) for months now and I still haven't gotten it back.  Does anyone know if going on birth control would be beneficial to me?  I'm terrified that I've done permanent damage. 

Also, if it's a matter of not having enough body fat, how come girls who are skinnier than I am still get their period?  Some girls are just naturally skinny like that, so what's the difference between them and me?  I am eating as healthy as I can, and I take vitamins and calcium every day.
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I haven't had my period since June 2006. So it's been about a year and a half. I'm recovering from anorexia, so I know that it's dangerous, but I've been eating normally (or trying to) for months now and I still haven't gotten it back. Does anyone know if going on birth control would be beneficial to me? I'm terrified that I've done permanent damage.

Also, if it's a matter of not having enough body fat, how come girls who are skinnier than I am still get their period? Some girls are just naturally skinny like that, so what's the difference between them and me? I am eating as healthy as I can, and I take vitamins and calcium every day.

 Have you talked to your doctor about it?  She would probably be better able to answer than us.  It does seem to be only natural that it would take a while after severe malnutrition for the periods to come back.  As for the girls who are "skinnier than you", you do realize that your perception of other girls' weight in comparison with your own is probably distorted, right?  It may well be that those girls are actually heavier than you.

Thank you for responding.  I have an appointment with my doctor; I can't get in to see her for nearly two months, though.  And I understand that my perception might be a bit distorted, but I have gained weight since I started recovering, and the truth is that there ARE girls who are naturally skinnier than me.  I don't envy those girls anymore; I just don't understand what the difference is between them and me.  And there are models and actresses who are at least as thin as I am, but they still get their periods and are able to get pregnant.  I'm just curious how their bodies are able to release eggs with so little body fat.
JUST CURIOUS, WHAT ARE YOUR STATS??
theoretically, if you cant support yourself (calwise/food/starvation) you wouldnt be able to support a baby. thats why you dont get your period
I have lost my period and I am overweight...I carry a lot of fat in my body. I don't think there is a connection between losing period and weight.
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Original Post by safina1:

I have lost my period and I am overweight...I carry a lot of fat in my body. I don't think there is a connection between losing period and weight.

 

You are completely and totally incorrect...the relationship between weight loss and loss of menstrual cycle is a scientific fact.

May I ask your stats? If you really are overweight and have lost you period, something is wrong.

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