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A 21-year-old female asked:

haven't had a period in a year now as i've had anorexia i'm now overcoming it but how and when will my period come back? i was 7st7 now 8st3

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Dr. Robert Grieco
Family Medicine 37 years experience
More info: When a woman's body fat drops below about 12% they will usually stop having periods. This represents severe malnutrition. The body is stealing from vital tissues to maintain its self. Estrogen levels drop and osteoporosis rapidly develop. Brain, nerve and hormone function supply essential fatty acids to function. Keep up you progress. Ask ur doc about ocp to prevent osteoporosis. Keep going!
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Hard to know: It's hard to predict when menstrual periods will return, in the course of anorexia nervosa. I also don't know what treatment you're receiving for your eating disorder, or where you are in your recovery process. The physicians following you would be much better equipped to answer questions about your progress. Best wishes.

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