I don't have periods. Anyone else?
December 4, 2005 8:43 AM Subscribe
I don't really have periods. I have one maybe twice a year and when it comes it's very normal (slight PMS symptoms, minor cramps, lasts about 5 days). I started my period when I was 11 and I've never had regular periods, it's always been this exact pattern.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I saw a doctor about this when I was 16, he didn't seem too concerned/interested, he said it could take a while for periods to settle down (five years seems excessive) and put me on the combined pill. I took the pill for a couple of years, but when I came off it, it was the same deal again.
I’m 25 now and still having periods once or twice a year. A little relevant background in no particular order: I weigh quite a bit more than I should right now, but this is a fairly recent development and two years ago I was 135lbs. I don’t find it especially hard to lose weight. Throughout my teens I was a little bit chubby, but not really, and the pattern has been the same whatever my weight. I’m pretty stressed out right now, but again, the periods have been the same whatever. I don’t have anything I would think of as PCOS symptoms, I’m unusually un-hairy, and I have somewhat dry skin. I’ve been more or less depressed since I was a teenager, and I was much less depressed on the pill. I also have some pretty extreme moods but they aren't the same as what I feel just before I get a period.
I’ve been ignoring this for too long, I actually forget that most young women have periods; then I remember and feel weird. I want to start thinking about having kids, and I’m starting the process of getting this all investigated. I am getting hormone tests done when I can, I had a thyroid test a few months ago that came back ok.
The reason I’m asking this here is that I feel like this situation can’t be THAT unusual, but looking around on the internet I only ever find stuff about periods that are irregular in ways that mine aren’t –length, pain, etc, and most of the stuff I find seems to point to PCOS, which I guess I might have, but it doesn’t seem at all like me. I just go for a year at a time without a period. Does anyone else have any experience of this?
I feel irrationally embarrased about this, but I will almost certainly comment to respond to any questions.