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Symptoms Of Menarche
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
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
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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