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Will I Get My Period And Develop Breasts Even After An Eating Disorder?

Published: October 14, 2013
Dear Will I Get My Period And Develop Breasts Even After An Eating Disorder?,
Will I Get My Period/ Develop Breasts After an Eating Disorder? Hello, I'm 16 years old and haven't gotten my period yet. When I was 12, I developed an eating disorder, which lasted for about 5 or 6 months before I started getting treatment. I reached a healthy weight and mind a month before my 13th birthday and have been doing very well ever since then, but I still havent gotten my period, or developed breasts (don't fill an A cup), and I'm starting to worry because it's causing me to be self-conscious. (I think I was just about to get my period right when I developed an eating disorder, as I was experiencing all the signs/symptoms that signal that it is coming soon.)I didn't play any sports or engage in any strenuous physical activity for another year and a half (after reaching a healthy weight). When I entered high school I joined the cross country team and continued to maintain a healthy weight, although I did loose a couple pounds, but did not relapse at all. I run year round and eat healthy and maintain my weight. I'm 5'4 and weigh 115 pounds. Will I ever get my period and develop?

Dear Will I Get My Period And Develop Breasts Even After An Eating Disorder?,

Not having your period yet and not developing breasts yet are probably not due to having had an untreated eating disorder at the age of 12 for 5-6 months. However, it is possible that your current weight and exercise habits might be a factor. If 115 pounds is too light for you and you are overdoing it with your running, it is possible that your period is delayed for these reasons.

TeenHealthFX thinks that it would be helpful for you to meet with your primary care physician, gynecologist, or adolescent medicine specialist about this. Your doctor can determine if 115 is considered underweight for you, if you are eating enough given the amount of running you are doing, and if you are possibly over-exercising depending on the speed/distance you are running. Your doctor might also recommend you meet with an endocrinologist to see if there are any hormonal issues affecting menstruation and breast development.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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