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post #1 of 8
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hey guys i have sth to ask advice about.

my 20 year old sister has been having abnormal periods for years, maybe 4-5 years or more? She gets her periods once on average every 2-3 months. Being an idiot like she is and frustrates the hell outta me, she'll say shit like "its great, I wish I can take my entire ovaries out so I dont have to worry about periods anymore". I dont know if its hormones, I mean she doesnt act like a 20 year old at all....shes like an stubborn 13 year old whos 20.....its like shes mentally (socially) really young.

she doesn't seem to accept that she can be in danger of sth, or if sth seriously is wrong and needs medical attention asap. She just doesnt care and brushes it off like "Oh im OK".

Right now we don't know if its hormones, can period loss be the result of excess weight? She's 5'6 and wears size 30-31 in designer jeans. I have no idea how much she weighs, and she gets all defensive when I ask. But for an asian girl with small bones, she looks pretty heavy.

Right now she has a problem urinating, she would feel like going abnormally more than often. She doesn't have any burning squeezing feeling like UTI but this is weird and I was wondering if theres anything wrong with her insides.

Can anyone shed some light on the situation?

Thanks
post #2 of 8
Is it possible that she's anemic/has low iron? I've heard of this stopping periods before. She could simply be eating horribly unhealthy junkfood and isn't getting her regular nutritional requirements. Even though we all hate our periods, we need them to produce essential amounts of estrogen, which helps us maintain strong bone density. She's at risk for osteoporosis without her periods. She could've always had low amounts of estrogen, but this is def something she should check out.
post #3 of 8
I have major problems with periods too- as in I can go for months without having one, and then suddenly I will have a period EVERY two weeks. Doctor said that it's PCOS and put me on medication, but it could also be a lack of iron

I would definitely say that she go to the doctor and find out if she has a hormone embalance, quite a common thing apparently....but periods are important for us, although I know I hate them
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
thanks guys. that iron thing seems really true. all my sister eats is junk food!
post #5 of 8
Drag her...kicking and screaming if necessary...to the gyno.

Seriously, women are supposed to go.
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by casey60622 View Post
Drag her...kicking and screaming if necessary...to the gyno.

Seriously, women are supposed to go.
Yup. (Although in Canada, women see their GP for pap smears, testing, etc, and only go to a gyno if there are abnormal problems.)

One thing that came to mind is polycystic ovarian syndrome, which is where the ovaries have cysts on them and produce abnormal amounts of testosterone. The symptoms are weight gain and lack of menstruation. That said, if your sister only eats junk food and is a size 30ish at 5'6", I would guess that her weight is a result of her eating habits because a size 30 is not abnormal. Another symptom is hairiness but since Asians are less hairy, I don't know how hairy this would make her!

Either way she should get checked out. Some people just don't get their period that often but she does need to get checked.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
the scary thing about the weight is, my whole family, we're all pretty skinny and small boned so when my sister is at this weight, we're all pretty concerned whether its affecting her menstruation.

The weight is usually in her hips and stomach, and its troubling because my cousin just had a huge tumor removed just a few years ago (it was first noticed when her stomach looked extra bloated). The tumor was HUGE...about 6-7 inches long! Lucky it wasnt cancerous.

yeah we made an appointment with the gyno. scary. sigh.

thanks for the advice guys!
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yeah we made an appointment with the gyno. scary. sigh.
Yay! I'm glad she succumbed to the pressure and gave in.
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