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Medicine For Menarche
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. ...Read more
A few: Some genetic problems can result in never having menarche...Absence of uterus and or ovaries can definitely affect it. Anorexia prior to menarche could delay it...We don't usually worry until 15-16 and no periods then do ultrasounds to make sure uterus and ovaries are present and chromosomal testing. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Yes: Hormonal manipulation could speed up menarche, but it would cause stunting of growth by speeding up the closure of growth plates on the long bones. Because of that, I have not seen anyone do it. ...Read more
Menarche: At age 16 you should have started your period so see your doctor about this ...Read more
Unlikely: The pubescent system is unlikely to ovulate for any lengthy interval prior to menarche. Ovulation triggers creation of a follicle that secrets a hormone responsible for menses if pregnancy does not occur. A teen near the point of menarche can ovulate prior to her first menses, resulting in a pregnancy prior to menarche. ...Read more
My daughter is 9 years old she is 4'7" and got her menarche I am really concerned about how tall she can grow? I s there anything I can do?
Expect 2-3 inches: After menarche most girls will grow another 5 cm/2.5 inches with some variation. Your physician can do a bone maturity study (bone age) using an x-ray of her left hand & that could tell you if there is much growth potential left. However, bone age correlates with menarche & there is not much chance it would show lots of growth left to go. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
My daughter is only 142 CM. She is 15 yrs now, attained menarche at age 10. Can she in any way grow in height? I am 148 CM & my husband is 172.
Unlikely: You can usually expect 4-5 cm after menarche but that is usually complete within 2-3 yrs. By 5 yr later, the growth centers of the bones have usually fused & no further linear growth is possible. An x-ray of her hand can show of there are growth centers still open & growth possible. Estimated height based on parent height would be 155cm, but many other factors can prevent attaining that level. ...Read more
Thelarche & menarche: Menarche (first period) often comes about 2-2 1/2 years after the breast bud becomes prominent. Often a secondary mound under the prominent nipple is evident at this point. Since size is so variable, it is not much of a gauge. ...Read more
Runs out of gas: The endometrium is a temporary structure built up by estrogen stimulus but maintained during pregnancy by other hormones originating after conception. If ovulation occurs without conception, the hormone signals change and the endometrium sheds. Without ovulation, estrogen continues the build up, but the endometrium gets too old and breaks down eventually, often with irregular cycles. ...Read more