U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 17-year-old female asked:

Is irregular periods a matter to be worried for a teenager?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 50 years experience
Not necessarily. If : You've had periods for 2 years or more, it's time to woman up & have your first visit with a gynecologist, not just because you're not ovulating ( producing mature eggs that roll down the fallopian tubes), because it can take a while, but to learn breast-self exams, why daily Folic Acid supplements are important & to get your questions answered about safe sex, etc., without your mom in the room.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Maturity takes time: Irregular periods are caused when your body's signals for ovulation and menstruation get confused by hormonal imbalances that can be related to your thyroid (TSH), pituitary (LH/FSH/prolactin), ovaries (estrogen/progesterone). External factors can affect the hormones: malnutrition, stress, obesity, for example. Hormonal contraception can help to regulate your periods, but you might just need time.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 46-year-old member asked:

What could lead to my irregular periods and should I be worried about it?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I don't know your: Cause. When a girl has just started menstruating & around the time of menopause periods can be irregular. Other reasons for irregularity include weight gain or loss, breastfeeding, alcohol use, eating disorders, marked emotional stress, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, cervical polyps, polycystic ovarian syndrome, excessive exercise & pregnancy. See gyn if chronic.
Last updated May 26, 2015


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.