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No period for almost 7 months.

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Hi,

I’m 26 years old petite female (5 1/2 or 153cm) and i weight about (52 kg 114-115lbs)
So I’ve actually been DIETing for a very long time.
I used to weight as low as 107 lbs which didnt last but the one that i hit plateau with and was stuck with was around 110 lbs which unfortunately I wasn’t happy with and wanted to go down more and more.
I kept excercising strict and restricting with food also i had mental stress.

IM sureeee this can be part of my period loss.
But... now ive recently taken things easier.

Working out low intensity (no more HIIT)
Trying to stress less
Also eating more.. trying to eat intuitively which doesn’t work most of the time as i dont get hunger singals easily (barely full barely hungry) hard to know when im actually hungry/full.

I did blood test, things were normal with my hormones i guess.
I have border line high cholesterol and some fatty liver.

so, my last period was October last year 2020.

October 2019 was when my
Period started coming a month then stop for a couple of months.
But now its been straight 7 months.

My question,
What could be wrong?

Honestly, I’m already at a healthy weight (normal BMI)
I definitely dont wanna gain any more extra weight.
But i do eat more less stricting.
And Ive also been a lot better with my stress levels.

Thank you for reading,


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  • aidayazd95
    aidayazd95 Posts: 46 Member
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    Diatonic12 wrote: »
    You need to visit with your medical professionals because no one here can offer you a medical diagnosis.

    I understand but I thought maybe someone went through the same problem and have experience also getting it back, possibly could give some help
  • aidayazd95
    aidayazd95 Posts: 46 Member
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    What does your doctor or midwife say? Are things solidly within normal limits or are they close to danger levels? When was the last blood test? Have things changed at all over time? Are you seeing a provider who specializes in gynecological care?

    (Just as a general note: I'm a big fan of fertility tracking. It can tell you a lot about your health even apart from when you are fertile or not, though that's its primary application. There's a lot more going on that you can observe besides just when you menstruate. Some irregularity in cycle lengths can be normal, and even amenhorrea can be normal in some circumstances. But this seems very odd as you've written it out here.)

    This may be silly, but...you don't mention if you've taken a pregnancy test. Have you?


    Well my doctor wasn’t the best haha i changed her so lets see with the new one.
    Basically she wanted me to get on birth control and i dont remember her saying the levels were near danger or normal but mmhhh...

    And plus 100% dont wanna do any of that “artificial” things like Birth Control. I want to get it back naturally so i refused to her.

    And no pregnancy at all that is for sure.
  • WeatherJane
    WeatherJane Posts: 1,492 Member
    edited May 2021
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    I agree with seeking medical advice. When my periods stopped in my early 20's they never returned.
  • aidayazd95
    aidayazd95 Posts: 46 Member
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    gothchiq wrote: »
    It may be time for the doctor to see if you have cysts on your ovaries or something like that. Docs like to go straight to BC pills as a way for forcing periods to return, but that doesn't tell you why they haven't come back in the first place. If the doctor doesn't find a reason, I would consider cutting back to minimal exercise for a month, like just a daily walk, and see if that has any effect. Your body may "think" it can't afford the resources to lose blood. I used to always skip monthlies if I was training hard, even if I had plenty of calories. I gave up and went the birth control route because at the time it was thought to be dangerous to skip periods. um, I'm old. lol


    Atm my excercises are really low but even lower to just walking? I keep mine to about 10-20 mins and try to workout keeping my heart rate low.

    So what, you went to BC and always stayed in it?
  • lemurcat2
    lemurcat2 Posts: 7,885 Member
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    What does your doctor or midwife say? Are things solidly within normal limits or are they close to danger levels? When was the last blood test? Have things changed at all over time? Are you seeing a provider who specializes in gynecological care?

    (Just as a general note: I'm a big fan of fertility tracking. It can tell you a lot about your health even apart from when you are fertile or not, though that's its primary application. There's a lot more going on that you can observe besides just when you menstruate. Some irregularity in cycle lengths can be normal, and even amenhorrea can be normal in some circumstances. But this seems very odd as you've written it out here.)

    This may be silly, but...you don't mention if you've taken a pregnancy test. Have you?

    All this.
  • penguinmama87
    penguinmama87 Posts: 1,158 Member
    edited May 2021
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    aidayazd95 wrote: »
    What does your doctor or midwife say? Are things solidly within normal limits or are they close to danger levels? When was the last blood test? Have things changed at all over time? Are you seeing a provider who specializes in gynecological care?

    (Just as a general note: I'm a big fan of fertility tracking. It can tell you a lot about your health even apart from when you are fertile or not, though that's its primary application. There's a lot more going on that you can observe besides just when you menstruate. Some irregularity in cycle lengths can be normal, and even amenhorrea can be normal in some circumstances. But this seems very odd as you've written it out here.)

    This may be silly, but...you don't mention if you've taken a pregnancy test. Have you?


    Well my doctor wasn’t the best haha i changed her so lets see with the new one.
    Basically she wanted me to get on birth control and i dont remember her saying the levels were near danger or normal but mmhhh...

    And plus 100% dont wanna do any of that “artificial” things like Birth Control. I want to get it back naturally so i refused to her.

    And no pregnancy at all that is for sure.

    I wish I knew better the BBcoding so I could do a super angry emoji face. I am not happy with that doctor. I'm just some lady on the MFP forums, but throwing BC pills at things makes me scream. Sometimes hormone treatments are the answer! But they can also just mask real symptoms of problems that it would be much better to actually, you know, fix.

    I don't use contraceptives at all. I do have a lot of kids, which weirds out some people. But I am honestly a million times happier not using them, and I've had a lot of opportunity to learn about how my body works, which many women remain really ignorant about (another thing that makes me want to say a lot of bad words.) This is my go-to book for fertility awareness if you are interested: Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Many libraries in my area have copies. It is very sound and not "woo" at all. I have no patience for that kind of thing. But it goes into detail about how your cycle should work and how to observe the signs, some beginner troubleshooting, etc. It doesn't replace a doctor, not even close, but it's the kind of information I really think every woman should know.

    I hope you can see your new doctor soon and go over your concerns and that he or she will listen to you and explain things, too, and that you can get some answers!
  • aidayazd95
    aidayazd95 Posts: 46 Member
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    aidayazd95 wrote: »
    What does your doctor or midwife say? Are things solidly within normal limits or are they close to danger levels? When was the last blood test? Have things changed at all over time? Are you seeing a provider who specializes in gynecological care?

    (Just as a general note: I'm a big fan of fertility tracking. It can tell you a lot about your health even apart from when you are fertile or not, though that's its primary application. There's a lot more going on that you can observe besides just when you menstruate. Some irregularity in cycle lengths can be normal, and even amenhorrea can be normal in some circumstances. But this seems very odd as you've written it out here.)

    This may be silly, but...you don't mention if you've taken a pregnancy test. Have you?


    Well my doctor wasn’t the best haha i changed her so lets see with the new one.
    Basically she wanted me to get on birth control and i dont remember her saying the levels were near danger or normal but mmhhh...

    And plus 100% dont wanna do any of that “artificial” things like Birth Control. I want to get it back naturally so i refused to her.

    And no pregnancy at all that is for sure.

    I wish I knew better the BBcoding so I could do a super angry emoji face. I am not happy with that doctor. I'm just some lady on the MFP forums, but throwing BC pills at things makes me scream. Sometimes hormone treatments are the answer! But they can also just mask real symptoms of problems that it would be much better to actually, you know, fix.

    I don't use contraceptives at all. I do have a lot of kids, which weirds out some people. But I am honestly a million times happier not using them, and I've had a lot of opportunity to learn about how my body works, which many women remain really ignorant about (another thing that makes me want to say a lot of bad words.) This is my go-to book for fertility awareness if you are interested: Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Many libraries in my area have copies. It is very sound and not "woo" at all. I have no patience for that kind of thing. But it goes into detail about how your cycle should work and how to observe the signs, some beginner troubleshooting, etc. It doesn't replace a doctor, not even close, but it's the kind of information I really think every woman should know.

    I hope you can see your new doctor soon and go over your concerns and that he or she will listen to you and explain things, too, and that you can get some answers!


    I really appreciate it, that book looks very interesting!

    And I know!! Doctors want to just solve the problem withs meds and so on....

    And they should focus on the root cause!!
  • yirara
    yirara Posts: 9,620 Member
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    Yes, you need to get back to your doctor. And get a printout of your bloods with reference range. In most countries this data is yours and they can't deny you this. Then you can see if really everything is in range. Doctors often say all is fine while you're massively anemic for example.
  • qhob_89
    qhob_89 Posts: 105 Member
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    Obligatory *not a doctor*
    Will also echo above comments- please follow up with your new doctor (hopefully this doctor is an OBGYN, and not a GP- you’ll get better reproductive health care that way)!

    Now that I’ve said that, I’ll share my personal experience with period loss. When I went to Army basic training (around 3 months), I lost mine for around 6 months. This was due to a lot of stress on my body- new rigorous physical training, lack of nutrition, little rest, etc. Once I got back home and back into “normal routine” it took a couple months for my period to come back. From your post it looks like you were really pushing your body and just recently lightened that load, so it may take a couple months for your body/hormones to adjust to that.

    I’m only sharing this so you have some shared experience and don’t freak out about it. It could be something really simple so don’t stress yourself out too much about it being something serious. But definitely voice your concerns to your OBGYN and advocate for answers and not just a “solution.” Best of luck!
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,743 Member
    edited May 2021
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    Lots of female athletes lose their periods due to low body weight and rigors of training. How long has it been since you've normalized your eating and training now?

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  • Fuzzipeg
    Fuzzipeg Posts: 2,301 Member
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    Again, not a medic here.

    I'm wondering if you've been dieting and exercising too much for "your" body. Amenorrhea is something female athletes regularly suffer from. I wonder if you are trying to be the weight you were as an adolescent now you are a fully fledged woman. Amenorrhea is not good for a woman, there are medical observations to back up my statement but I can't think of them off the top of my head.

    Certainly, throwing birth control at a situation like your is never a good or healthy idea. Birth control can really mess up ones body. Its not a one size fits all sort of product. (its just its easier to prevent ovulation than it is to prevent sperm production, and it only happens to women. There are other medical examples of women needing different medications in situations like heart conditions to that of men. Not all medical systems worry) There are contra indications with all forms of birth control. Read and take note from medical sites. If you use someone's blog, research their ideas and find out if they are medical substantiated.

    I hope you are able to find a doctor who takes your situation seriously and tests and probes with a view to discounting possible medical causes. My history is nothing like yours but tracking down a doctor who listens can be such a difficult thing to do. I would hope things are different to when I was in my 20's, 50 years go

    I've not read your food log, I wonder if your protein and fat levels are good enough for yourself. I was reading in "the New Scientist a month or so ago our bodies, need to satisfy our protein needs followed by our needs for fats before it gets to carbs and I can't remember the other two dietary needs nor their order. Possibly talk to a qualified dietitian or nutritionist too.

    Take care of yourself, there is only one of you and your health matters.
  • westrich20940
    westrich20940 Posts: 889 Member
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    Not a doctor: but I do know that body fat % is related to menarchy as well keeping/losing your period with rigorous training schedules. So just because your training isn't as strenuous --- it might be that your body fat % is too low or something?

    I'll double-down on focusing on finding an OB/GYN that you like and can discuss this with. Not having your period could be due to a lot of different issues....basically unless you actually know the reason you aren't having it --- you should seek to figure it out with a medical professional bc it could be something simple/easy or really bad....

    Good luck...but in the meantime - even though I know you said you don't 'want' to gain weight....it might be a good idea to add some cals from fat into your diet and be more gentle with yourself. I know it's hard (I'm only 3 inches taller than you and 5lbs hits different for us short girls, lol) but just add 50-100 cals of fat per day and see if it makes any difference in the meantime while your find a doctor that works for you.
  • Cateyj
    Cateyj Posts: 20 Member
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    You need to see a GP and get referred to an endocrinology specialist. Sounds like hypothalamic ammenhorea could be a possibility and you need expert advice. Please take this seriously, it's so important xx
  • GigiAgape1981
    GigiAgape1981 Posts: 64 Member
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    Definitely talk to your OB/GYN about it. There are so many unknowns in your situation OP. When you say you are working out less and eating more intuitively that is a very vague description. There is something called "energy availability" that could possibly be a problem. @ninerbuff mentioned about women athletes losing their periods. This scenario could apply to you. Your body will want to conserve energy if it's not getting enough of it from food so it stops functioning properly and shuts down reproductive system. It might take .... amount of time to get your body back to normalcy. Look up "female athlete triad" Ann Loucks study. I will pray you'll get an answer soon.
  • nooshi713
    nooshi713 Posts: 4,877 Member
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    I would talk to your primary doctor and GYN. There could be a lot of things going on.