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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why have I missed my periods?

    Hello Everyone,

    I missed my periods. My last date was 30 July, 2012. I did blood report and ultrasound in October, 2012. My report is normal and I don't have problem of Poly cystic Ovary Syndrome. Can anybody help me out by giving some suggestions?

    Thank you.
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  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    Absence of menstruation (amenorrhoea) is a symptom not a disease. It can be normal, such as in pregnancy, breastfeeding or after menopause. Amenorrhoea can be caused by abnormal events. Ovarian disease can be a cause, but as you have had a scan this is unlikely. Amenorrhoea can be caused by diseases or tumours of the pituitary gland. It can also be a symptom of adrenal or thyroid gland disease. Psychiatric illness and emotional stress can also be a reason for cessation of periods. Sudden bad news or severe emotional distress may have the same effect. Menstrual function may be temporarily suppressed during or after any severe illness, or during a chronic illness. Anorexia nervosa or starvation ,may also be a could extreme exercise regimes. So, as you may now realise, it is a complex question and needs good medical investigation.
    Women’s Health Educator
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  • Tanya is a Personal Trainer and Dietitian with over 10 years experience.Tanya works from Life Personal Trainers View Profile

    As Vivienne metnioned there are a number of possible causes for missed periods or amenorrhoea. Some people are more sensitive to it than others so it is not always helpful to compare your situation with other people. One possible cause is low ‘energy ’availability'. You do not need to have anorexia or extreme exercise to have inadequate energy. particularly if you have recently changed your intake or exericse habits. It might be useful to consult an Accredited Practising  Dietitian to help assess if what you are eating is adequate to your needs. 

    Tanya Lewis

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