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Delayed Menarche Causes
My older sis is taller by 1 inch. We are both tall but I used to smoke in college and had menarche a year earlier. What cause my 'stunting'?
Not stunted: You & your sister are similar, but unless you are identical twins, your genes are not exactly the same. This may account for such a small difference in height. Also, the earlier you go through menarche, which is partially genetically determined, the earlier you are likely to stop growing. Smoking, if you didn't start until you were 18, probably had nothing to do with it, but if younger it might.
Is menarche caused by ovulation or is it one of the first anovulatory cycles that a young gal will get?
Maybe: Menses is triggered by the breakdown of the intrauterine buildup of tissue in response to hormones. Although the pacing of menses may match ovulation in the future, it is not necessary for the process to occur. A young woman may ovulate prior to her first menses (and become pregnant if exposed).She may also only ovulate occasionally, with some irregularity in pattern.See 1 more doctor answer
Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. Ask to be evaluated for polycystic ovarian syndrome as this is the most common cause. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit.See 1 more doctor answer
Since menarche is rarely caused by ovulation (asked here 2 times, and they said its uncommon prior to menarche), what is the main cause behind it?
Confusing wording: Estrogen, the common female hormone triggers the buildup of tissue in the womb that will eventually break down and produce menses. When the body is ready, within a year, ovulation will eventually begin. Ovulation produces a secondary hormone that will also trigger menses on a more timely basis. Ovulation is never necessary for menses, but can make it more predictable.See 3 more doctor answers
12 and 1/2: For african americans about age 12 and a few months. For whites about 12 and a half. There have been at least five different studies since 2000 which gave slightly different results.See 2 more doctor answers
Rising, then falling: Estrogen levels first rise at the time of menarche, which is the time of the first menstrual flow, about age 11-13 for most girls. Estrogen is the principle female hormone that causes breast development and helps prepare for pregnancy. Regular menstrual cycles then occur until age 52 or so, when estrogen levels fall and menopause occurs, the cessation of menstrual periods.
My daughter started menarche and has had 2 periods (every month) but she has not had it this month. Is that typical?
Common: In the first yr or so, cycles can be irregular with up to 90 day spacing. This is often due to lack of ovulation, which is more predictable later, as the kid matures more. Cycles after long intervals may be quite heavy. If longer than 90 days, an office visit may be needed. Meds can bring on a cycle if needed.See 1 more doctor answer
What does it mean if my 16 year old starts menarche while on estrogen patch? Dr said he'll do further testing if she starts menarche.
22 years old virgin, have regular light period less than 2 days not severe, the first year of menarche when I was 13, it was 4 days. Help?
Cycles: May vary in adulthood and usually self regulate by your mid twenties. This is a normal variation. BC pills and a GYN exam may help give you more information and pills can regulate your cycle.
I had menarche when I was 15 years old. Since then, Its been 4 years that I'm having irregular cycles, once in 2 months which lasts for about 2 days.?
Irregular menses: Periods vary widely from woman to woman. Some periods are punctual, some are unpredictable. See your doctor who may prescribe you oral contraceptives to regulate your menstrual period.
Dropping: The age at which a girl has the first period depend in several factors. Proper thyroid function and a certain ratio of body fat are necessary. With the increase in calories in modern society, this age is ever younger. In the U.S., for african american girls closer to 8.5 years old. For other ethnic groups it's closer to 9.
No treatment needed.: Menarche is the normal time when the first menstrual period occurs. If the periods are very heavy or crampy, then sometimes birth control pills are used to help this. Painful periods are called dysmenorrhea, maybe that is what you meant? Besides birth control, nsaid's like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) can be used.See 2 more doctor answers