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Can Obesity Cause Missed Periods
My daughter 15 yr old daughter have missed period and facial hair, does that mean she have PCOS? She is not obese.
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
What causes anovulation? And are there any other causes for missed periods other than anovulation?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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