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For women and doctors--weird question...

TMI Alert, sorry boys.

I am 23, and I am very active. I workout about 5 times a week. I have a pretty steady diet, although this last week I've really cut calories (in a healthy, moderate way).

I have had NO rapid weight loss, I am NOT pregnant ( I took three tests, spread out within the last four weeks), but I havent had my period in about nine weeks.

The nurse seems to think that this is either stress or a change in workouts (could have increased my progesterone levels). I HAVE been working out alot harder, but it seems weird to me. Sort of a medical cop-out.

Any ideas?

Thu. Sep 13, 2:43am

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If you are definitely not pregnant and your doctor has confirmed there's no good medical reason, then it may well be stress. Last year I went three months without a period. I have been as regular as clockwork for 16 years. I panicked really badly. There was no way I was pregnant (no sex, yeah) and nothing else, but I was having a really stressful time at work and had just moved house as well. I thought I was sailing on through it, but my body decided that it would react to the stress by stopping my period. It did come back once I'd calmed down a bit.

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 6:44 AM

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This happened to me a while back when I was in very good shape. I was eating healthy and had started to do some running - @ 20 miles a week. My period was light for a few months and then disappeared all together. This went on for about 9 months. I finally went to the dr. and she gave me some birth control pills to get my period going again. She said you didn't want to go too long without having it. Over the years, I've put a little more meat on my bones and Tada! my period is back and normal.

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 7:29 PM

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Google "Female Athlete Triad" and see if you fit the profile.

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 8:01 PM

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Any time I change my diet or exersize routine it messes up my cycle.
Lately since I have gained so much I have not had a period in over a year. I wonder if stress has something to do with that too.

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 11:03 PM

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Gaining weight doesn't usually stop a period from happening, losing weight does. 11:03 poster, you should be tested for PCOS. It's symptoms often start when a woman gains weight.

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 11:40 PM

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Mine's a little bit different but still has to do with funny periods. Last summer, which lasted a few months, my periods came every 3 weeks instead of their usual 4. I no longer had symptoms of breast tenderness to let me know it was coming and the cramps went away. Plus, I'd get very light, watery spotting for a couple days, then it would go away, and I had a very light period. When I had my usual checkup that summer and my doctor said it's normal unless it lasts longer than 6 months. I had my first pap smear later in January (I was 20 at the time) and my doc ran a thyroid test on me to see what's up. So, a week later I got the results and it was normal but I called my gyno again and she told me it's probably that my ovaries aren't releasing enough estrogen..something like that. Eventually, my periods got normal again.

Friday, September 14, 2007, 1:59 AM

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