No period for close to a year
I am somewhat confused and concered about the fact that I have not
had a period in close to a year. I am in my mid-20's and starting
having regular periods at 17, a couple years after my first period.
I'm getting married in the spring and am concerned about the issue
of children. If I can't even have a period, how am I supposed to even
think about children of my own? What can cause sudden stops in a woman's
menstural cycle? I am an otherwise healthy, active woman.
Whoa! Hold on there! You are a little quick in talking about not
having children ... there's all sorts of reasons why your periods
might have been interrupted, most of them not a major threat to you
or your fertility.
The bad news, of course, is that you must find out for sure!
Sit down with a piece of paper, and note anything that's changed
over the last year or so ...
Psychological things, like pressure at work, concern about the forthcoming
marriage ... anything ... and be honest.
Diet and weight can be an issue; again, be very honest about changes
in habit or changes forced by events (has your job changed?)
Consider other bodily things; bowel activity, thrush, urinary infections,
skin conditions .... sorry, but you need to go through anything that's
And what about your sex life? Any changes there? Any worries? Do
you use protectives? have you had (or suspected) any infections?
When you've completed this process, book an appointment to see your
doctor, and while you are waiting, go over the list again (it's not
exhaustive). And speak to your man!
Please Note: I am NOT a physician, and any
'health advice' should NOT be taken to be "Medical Advice"
- because it is not - my aim is to give you a few possibilities to be
thinking about, and some general 'common sense' advice - if my advice
says see a doctor, then see a doctor!