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My daughter 15 yr old daughter have missed period and facial hair, does that mean she have PCOS? She is not obese.

My daughter 15 yr old daughter have missed period and facial hair, does that mean she have PCOS? She is not obese.

Possible: should have an exam and some labs to determine her hormone and metabolic status, might need an ultrasound of her ovaries ...Read more

Missed Period (Definition)

A missed period is when you don't have a period at your normal time. Because a missed period can be due to pregnancy, even a period that is signficantly lighter or shorter can be considered a missed period and possible pregnancy. And having early symptoms of early pregnancy such as sore breasts or mild nausea would increase ...Read more


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What causes anovulation? And are there any other causes for missed periods other than anovulation?

What causes anovulation? And are there any other causes for missed periods other than anovulation?

Multiple causes: Many hormonal factors can cause this issue. You are only 16 years old and your menstrual cycle may not be established or your homonal levels may need to be regulated with oral contracetives. I advise you to make an appointment with a gyn. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause a missed period?

Can smoking cause a missed period?

Anovulatory cycles: during which an egg is not released, and there is no menstrual bleeding (period) are common in very young women and in women who are approaching the age of menopause, and in PCOS. Smoking does decrease fertility and increases the risk of anovulatory cycles; however, many women who smoke cigarettes continue to have regular periods. Smoking causes many other health problems. ...Read more

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Can low blood cause missed period?

Can low blood cause missed period?

Anemia: Can low blood cause missed period? I believe what you are refering is if having low hemoglobin level can cause a missed period. The body can sense that there is a low level of hemoglobin and hematocrit (blood components) and might cause a delay in your period to replenish itself. However dont rely on this and if missed period consider pregnancy or other medical condition. See your obgyn. ...Read more

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Which cancers cause missed periods?

Which cancers cause missed periods?

No relationship: Usually there is no relation of periods and cancer. But stress related to any serious illness can make periods irregular. Chemotherapy used to treat any cancer can also slow or evn stop periods for many months. ...Read more

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What can cause delayed or missed periods?

What can cause delayed or missed periods?

Long list: Late or missed periods are because of late or missed ovulations. Some medicines, weight gain, weight loss, ovarian failure, hormone-producing ovarian cysts, ...The list goes on. ...Read more

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Would endometriosis cause a missed period?

Would endometriosis cause a missed period?

Depends: Irregular and missed periods happen due to irregular or missed ovulations, also from pregnancy and menopause. Endometriosis does not affect your cycle regularity. ...Read more

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Could mono be the cause of a missed period?

Could mono be the cause of a missed period?

Mononucleosis: If you have proven "mononucleosis" (Epstein-Barr disease) it can cause delays in ovulation which will postpone the onset of your period. If you have breast tenderness, nausea, get a serum HCG test to see if you might also be pregnant. ...Read more

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Will having a BMI of 18 cause missed periods?

Will having a BMI of 18 cause missed periods?

It can: Bmi(body mass index) is an excellent parameter to deteremine obesity or in this case too low. The low body fat percentage at bmi 18 can cause a decrease in estrogen production and consequently "no periods"(amenorrhea). ...Read more

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Can low iron in the body cause missed period?

Can low iron in the body cause missed period?

No: Missing a period, means less blood loss which usually will cause less iron depletion. However in cases of severe malnutrition, such as seen with anorexia, a woman can stop menstruation and have low iron but it is not the cause. If your periods are less frequent and flow is not heavy, your doctor should check for other causes of low iron. ...Read more

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Why and how does stress cause a missed period?

Why and how does stress cause a missed period?

Unknown : The reason is unknown, but the hormone cycle that happens is sensitive, and can easily be thrown off. Stress hormones influence the release of the hormones from the brain that control the cycle, but why and how it happens is not known. ...Read more

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Will having a high BMI of 30 cause missed periods?

Will having a high BMI of 30 cause missed periods?

Likely: Many overweight women have irregular periods. About 87% of the time it is associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome. You doctor can easily make this diagnosis through your history and physical exam, including an ultrasound of the ovaries and possibly some blood work. The first line treatment is usually cycle control with hormonal manipulation (birth control pills). ...Read more

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What can cause pink spotting after a missed period?

What can cause pink spotting after a missed period?

Late period: If you do not have a period when it is due, you either didn't ovulate and are not going to have a period, you conceived and are pregnant and will not have a period, or you ovulated later than usual and you period will be late. If you are unsure, have a negative pregnancy test, and continue to bleed, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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How much stress will it take to cause a missed period?

How much stress will it take to cause a missed period?

Variable: There is no set amount of stress that could cause a missed period. Any emotional or physical stress can cause this. If you are sexually active, you should do a pregnancy test. You should also contact your doctor if you have missed periods. ...Read more

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What causes a brownish discharge after a missed period?

What causes a brownish discharge after a missed period?

Brown discharge is: Usually old blood. Missed/late period: low body wt, obesity, weight ^ or v, ^exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, perimenopause, just starting menstruation, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e., polycystic ovary syndrome). #1 reason is >. ...Read more

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Help! really worried? I missed periods caused by weight gain?

Help! really worried? I missed periods caused by weight gain?

Possibly: Extreme ranges in weight...very heavy or very thin can both throw off your cycle. However, there are other causes so if this is a persistent problem or if you go more than 8 weeks form last period, call gyn. For more info www.askyourgynecologist.org ...Read more

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Was wondering how much stress does it take to cause a missed period?

Was wondering how much stress does it take to cause a missed period?

Any level of stress: Any level of stress, whether it is physical, psychological or emotional, can cause you to skip a period. If you are sexually active, pregnancy is always a possibility ! get tested ! ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more