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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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I am under weight, and my BMI is low so should I start strength training to gain muscles? ( I am also have an eating disorder)

I am under weight, and my BMI is low so should I start strength training to gain muscles? ( I am also have an eating disorder)

Strength training: and eating disorder. It is important to have a balanced diet while doing strength training. Your muscles need good nutrition to develop. Take care not to over-exercise - limit your strength training to no more than an hour a day. ...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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Been starving myself /obsessed with weight since Oct and lost 30lbs. My BMI is still normal at 19.2 (5'5" 115lbs) what eating disorder would this be?

Been starving myself /obsessed with weight since Oct and lost 30lbs. My BMI is still normal at 19.2 (5'5" 115lbs) what eating disorder would this be?

Anorexia nervosa: Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that entails starving oneself or severely limiting calories. It can become life threatening. Bulimina is an eating disorder that involves vomiting or purging with diuretics and laxatives to lose weight. More about anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/anorexia-nervosa ...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

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

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

See doctor: A BMI or 17 and ammenorrhea suggest metabolic issues that are not discernible without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It is imperative that you see your doctor for an in-person evaluation. The reason for your excessively low weight needs to be determined. ...Read more

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What to do for fatty liver with no cause (bmi 20, exercising regularly, eating a low fat diet and no alcohol, history of anorexia/bulimia?)

What to do for fatty liver with no cause (bmi 20, exercising regularly, eating a low fat diet and no alcohol, history of anorexia/bulimia?)

Genetics.: Hi, Thank you for your question. This might just be due to genetics. You should still continuing living healthy. Very impressive. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions. Dr. M ...Read more

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Weight restored (bmi 18.7 for around 2 months already) after anorexia but no sign of menses. How can I make it return more quickly?

Weight restored (bmi 18.7 for around 2 months already) after anorexia but no sign of menses. How can I make it return more quickly?

Birth control: Anorexia can cause a lack of periods by triggering a post menopausal state. Of course correcting the anorexia is key. Birth control pills can be used to normalize the hormone deficiency and regulate the cycles ...Read more

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Always had seldom menses&pco-ovaries. Sexhormones, thyriode, cortisol, lipid&glucosetest was fine.Blodpressure:110/65.Bmi:21/22will i respond to clomid (clomiphene)?

Always had seldom menses&pco-ovaries. Sexhormones, thyriode, cortisol, lipid&glucosetest was fine.Blodpressure:110/65.Bmi:21/22will i respond to clomid (clomiphene)?

Clomid (clomiphene) + metformin?: With polycystic ovarian sydrome (pcos) and irregular periods you're not ovulating every month. Clomid (clomiphene) is the first-choice medicine to help you ovulate and get pregnant. Metformin plus Clomid (clomiphene) is a little better than Clomid (clomiphene) alone. Letrozole is good if you don't respond to, or get a thin lining with clomid (clomiphene). You should get checked for low egg supply, blocked tubes, uterine problems, or sperm issues. ...Read more

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Can cardiovascular disease affect a woman's menstrual cycle?

Can cardiovascular disease affect a woman's menstrual cycle?

Yes : Any severe disease can potentially affect your menstrual cycle. Also your cycle will change as you approach menopause, average age 51. ...Read more

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My 10 y.o was diagnosed at 6 weeks old with Kawasaki's Disease and giant multiple aneurysms. Are there difficulties with her when she starts her menstrual cycle? Because of warfrin?

Yes: Warfarin has been associated with heavier-than-normal menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), but there are treatments (like combined oral contraceptive pills, & others) that can help. If you're worried, & since menorrhagia can be significant psychosocial stressor for a young girl, it would be reasonable see a gynecologist or her pediatrician prior to her impending menarche for anticipatory guidance. ...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