No Period In 4 Months, Painful When I Do Get It

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Im 17 years old and still a virgin. i haven't gotten my period in 4 months. i usually have this issue where i don't get my period for long time ( months) the doctor told me it's normal and not to worry. but when i do get it, its so painfull i can barley get out of bed. whats wrong with me
Signed: No Period In 4 Months, Painful When I Do Get It

Dear No Period In 4 Months, Painful When I Do Get It,

 

TeenHealthFX is sorry that you are having such a hard time with this issue. Missed periods and other menstrual irregularities can be caused by many different things including activity level, diet, hormone imbalances, emotional stress and more. It is important to know what is causing the irregularities so the right treatment can be put into place to correct it. For example, bone health is often determined by hormone levels, so if you are having a hormone imbalance it is important for that to be addressed.

FX would also like to point out that painful periods or cramps are not unusual, but when they are so severe that someone is unable to go about their daily activities, it is important to seek medical help. It does not necessarily mean that there are any problems beyond bad cramps, but the doctor can prescribe medications that will provide relief so you can get back to your normal activities. The doctor can also make sure that nothing else is responsible for the cramps. 

If you are not getting the answers or help that you need from your primary care physician, TeenHealthFX recommends that you speak with your parents about getting a referral for a specialist in adolescent medicine, gynecology, or endocrinology. A specialist can assess your symptoms and can  probably provide you with some more helpful information on what is causing your symptoms and what can be done about them.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 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 adolescent medicine specialists, gynecologists, and endocrinologists.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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