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Tuesday, February 01, 2011 Krista, Community Member, asks

Q: Why haven't I had my period in 11 months?

I am an 18 year old female, 5'7" 130 pounds. I got my first period when I was 15 years old, 5'6" and 110 pounds. I have been a runner since I was 13 years old. I am now in college, and I'm a long distance runner- I run between 50-60 miles a week. When I was 16 years old, I got my period a few times a year. In 2009, I got my period twice. Now, I haven't had my period since March of 2010 (11 months ago) In the past 6 months, I've gained 17 pounds. And, no it's not muscle, although I wish! It's fat on my arms, inner thighs and mostly in my stomach underneath my belly button. Although I am a long distance runner and I am relatively thin, I have 26% body fat, which is much higher than normal so my lack of periods is not because I'm too skinny! I also find it nearly impossible to lose this weight that I've gained. I've never been to a gyno. I've only had sex 2 times in my life, both protected. Last time I had sex (protected) was in November 2010, so 3 months ago. Why am I not getting my period? Can something be wrong? Please don't suggest going to the gyno, I am a college student and athlete and I don't want to go to one by campus, I'd rather go in the summer back at my hometown (especially considering I'm 6 hours away from home!) Thanks for any comments
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Dorian Martin, Health Guide
2/ 8/11 11:26am

Hi, Krista,


I agree with the earlier answer. You need to consult with a medical professional to find out what's gonig on. Your health is too important to wait (unless you are willing to make a quick trip home to see your home-town doctor).


Take care and keep us posted!



NC, Community Member
2/ 5/11 5:23pm

Hi Krista,


I am afraid you will have to see your doctor when you go home later. If you feel safe to wait a while, it is up to you. But the sooner you know why the better. Please don't delay and see the gyn/ob ASAP. Only they will do the test and know what is going on. It could be hormone or thyroid issue.



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By Krista, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/08/11, First Published: 02/01/11