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Menstrual symptom question. is every woman "allowed" to miss a period occasionally, say once a year?

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Dr. David Doucette
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Generally yes: In the absence of hormone usage, menstruation usually indicates that ovulation has occurred and Progesterone has been produced. Without any menses, no progersterone would be produced and women would be in a relatively unhealthy estrogen-only state. Missing up to several periods a year would still allow for enough Progesterone in the other cycles to oppose the estrogen.
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