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I have have recovered from an eating disorder many years ago which affected my menstrual cycle (irregular). Will this impact trying to conceive now?

I have have recovered from an eating disorder many years ago which affected my menstrual cycle (irregular). Will this impact trying to conceive now?

No: It should not. Your menses should normalize in time, once your proper nutritional status has normalized. You can see an ob/gyn dr, who can check certain hormone levels to make sure everything is how it should be. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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How do I get my menstrual cycle back after an eating disorder and how long will it take for it to return?

How do I get my menstrual cycle back after an eating disorder and how long will it take for it to return?

First things first: If you are able to maintain a functional pattern of eating, without restricting or purging, all of your bodily functions will eventually return to normal. How long that takes depends on how long you continue practicing the eating disorder. ...Read more

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My best friend has eating disorders because she eats very little and very rare. i was so worried about her when her menstrual cycle stopped for a year?

My best friend has eating disorders because she eats very little and very rare. i was so worried about her when her menstrual cycle stopped for a year?

Lethal anorexia: You are right to be worried about your friend! It sounds as if she is quite underweight. Lack of menses for a year is a sign of this. She needs intensive therapy for this as it is both a mental and physical illness. She should know that mortality (death) is also high for the disease. ( one in 5 will die from it) encourage her to ask questions on Healthtap. Where is her family on the issue? ...Read more

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Could some eating disorders cause a menstrual period to come early?

Could some eating disorders cause a menstrual period to come early?

Yes: An eating disorder can cause a period to come early, be late, last for a few days, be completely irregular or to disappear entirely. The change in the cycle is due to related changes in the reproductive hormones as well as changes in the levels of the body's stress hormones. While oral contraceptive pills may correct the cycle, it also can mask the true underlying issues that must be addressed. ...Read more

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Im 24 year old with BMI of 21.5 and lh/fsh level of 8.87/7.96 on day 9 of my menstrual cycle.Is this normal? My dr put me on metformin 1700mg/day.

Im 24 year old with BMI of 21.5 and lh/fsh level of 8.87/7.96 on day 9 of my menstrual cycle.Is this normal? My dr put me on metformin 1700mg/day.

Not enough data: If your doctor started you on metformin, s/he must have had a reason, but just based on the facts you've given, your bmi is not high, and your lh/fsh ratio is not really abnormal either. If you are already on birth control pills, these levels could be affected. If you do go for a second opinion, make sure you bring all of your records, including your glucose levels. ...Read more

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My BMI is 14.5 and i don't have an eating disorder either. What is wrong with me?

My BMI is 14.5 and i don't have an eating disorder either. What is wrong with me?

Sorry no one has: Responded 2your question yet. I assumed that 1of the physicians would pick up the question but i hope they will respond after i do. On a bmi chart u r severely underweight. Perhaps u have an eating disorder and do not realize it. If not, there could be other medical reasons. Have you traveled in underdeveloped countries? You might have an intestinal bug. Physicians what else could be happening? ...Read more

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A very strange question but would a person with an eating disorder or BMI of 16 have menopausal symptoms . Had hysterectomy my at 35 , now 47?

A very strange question but  would a person with an eating disorder or BMI of 16 have menopausal symptoms . Had hysterectomy my at 35 , now 47?

Impending menopause: Hi. At 47, menopause is imminent, and perimenopausal symptoms can be menopausal symptoms! Methinks your symptoms are perimenopausal! Talk with your gyn! And eat healthily! ...Read more

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My parents won't get me treatment for my eating disorder and say I'm just doing it for attention. My bmi is 14.8 what do I do?

My parents won't get me treatment for my eating disorder and say I'm just doing it for attention. My bmi is 14.8 what do I do?

Weight disorders: Sorry to hear about your dilemma. Can you discuss with a school counselor? If you are under 18 and can't go to the doctor by yourself, then perhaps you have an uncle, aunt, other family member who can be your advocate. Ask your family if they would take you to a psychologist who specializes in weight disorders treatment just once to have an objective opinion about your medical diagnosis. Best. ...Read more

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Low BMI (16.8), working on gaining weight, no eating disorders. How high are my risk of infertility?

Low BMI (16.8), working on gaining weight, no eating disorders. How high are my risk of infertility?

Low BMI: This is the right time for you to have an appointment with the Gynecologist. If you are worried about infertility, please make sure you discuss this with the Gynecologist. ...Read more

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On day 73 of my menstural cycle, usually a 25 day cycle. My BMI is 17.0, I have constipation,dry/thinning hair,distended stomach,and burp a lot.

On day 73 of my menstural cycle, usually a 25 day cycle. My BMI is 17.0, I have constipation,dry/thinning hair,distended stomach,and burp a lot.

Weight: Your low weight may be a contributing factor - especially if you work out excessively. This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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Body Mass Index (Definition)

Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on a person's height and weight, to decide if a person is too heavy or too light for his height. The index is a number that can be in the underweight range, normal range, overweight range, or obese range. Children use different number ranges than adults do, ...Read more