loss of period/menstrual cycle, anyone?

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stuckonyesterday
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   Posted 3/2/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry about all my questions lately. I was just wondering if this has happened to anyone else. My last period was on July 17, 2007. I'm a virgin so there's no possibility of pregnancy (they still made me take a pregnancy test when I went for my colonoscopy). I'm almost 18 1/2, 5'6" and in my first year of college. I've always been really thin...right now I'm around 86-90 pounds =( ...so it was expected that I'd get my period later than everyone else. I believe I got it at the beginning of my junior year of high school in September of 2005. Anyway, since July 17 I haven't had a period. I went to the obgyn in either October or November and she did an internal exam (my first one...so awkward!) and she said everything looked fine. She said it could be due to the low weight, stress, and the internal problems I was having (the constipation and abdominal pain). If I didn't get a period by the end of December she said she thought maybe we should try a low dose of the birth control pill to bring one on. But my mom had to see her in January and while she was there she told her that I had been diagnosed with Chron's Disease and the obgyn said she was not really concerned about it. Honestly, I'm glad right now while dealing with the pain from the Crohn's that I don't have to deal with period cramps and wearing pads when my bum is uncomfortable enough (I'm too scared of tampons), but I'm also afraid...what if I never get my period again? What if I can't have kids later in life? Is this common..anyone else experience it? Am I getting ahead of myself? All comments welcome, thanks so much!!!
Female. 18 years old. Symptoms began 8/1/07. CT Scan clear. Chest X-ray clear. Endoscopy on 12/1/07 showed some gastritis; colonoscopy on the same date showed Crohn's in the biopsy. Symptoms include: pain in the gut, mouth sores (not present currently), excessive gas, a sore bum, anal skin tag, a Crohn's fissure, and a cough that's lasted for months (possibly related to acid reflux). No menstrual cycle present since 7/17/07 (& am not sexually active). Am currently on: Asacol, Flagyl, Protonix, and Prednisone. Am anemic. Current main problem: constant diarrhea.


mel05
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   Posted 3/2/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed  with crohns in January of 2007.  I had been on birth control for years and years but stopped taking it in December because I was sooo sick.  In my head there was no sense in taking it if I was throwing everything back up.  Plus, I thought maybe that was affecting it.  Anyway, I was in the hospital for a week (that's when I FINALLY got diagnosed) and my last period was in December.  It took until the middle of February to get my period back.  And now I'm back on the pill, so I am "regular" again.  But I do think that the stress on your body does play a part it in all.  I did ask both the GI and my general practitioner who also does my exams.  If you are really that concerned you could make an appointment with the OBGYN.

potatoqwn
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   Posted 3/2/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe you are not getting your period because your weight is too low. Anyone will stop periods when their weight dips too low, as yours clearly is. When I was a teenager, I went through this anorexic phase and lost my period for two years. Later when I first had major Crohn's issues, my weight was very low and I stopped having periods for many months on end. That said, I went on to have two children. I had no problems getting pregnant at all even with not having a period on several occasions.
Oh, and don't be afraid of tampons. They are waaayyyyy better than wearing pads if you ask me. Less mess and you'll wonder why you didn't start them earlier. Good luck.

sjkly
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   Posted 3/2/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I see you are also on Prednisone-that really messes up my periods. Also you are underweight and as the others mentioned that will stop you from menstrating. When your healthier and have built yourself back up you will probably start menstrating again. Do tell your doctor about this though you want to rule out anything that could cause problems later such as infections.
Sj

stuckonyesterday
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 3/2/2008 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for the replies. My doctors are all aware and don't seem to be concerned..I was just wondering. My weight has always been low and I've never had an eating disorder or any medical problems prior to the Crohn's. And I only just started the Prednisone in the hospital. Maybe I will make another appointment with the obgyn though to talk with her.

Female. 18 years old. Symptoms began 8/1/07. CT Scan clear. Chest X-ray clear. Endoscopy on 12/1/07 showed some gastritis; colonoscopy on the same date showed Crohn's in the biopsy. Symptoms include: pain in the gut, mouth sores (not present currently), excessive gas, a sore bum, anal skin tag, a Crohn's fissure, and a cough that's lasted for months (possibly related to acid reflux). No menstrual cycle present since 7/17/07 (& am not sexually active). Am currently on: Asacol, Flagyl, Protonix, and Prednisone. Am anemic. Current main problem: constant diarrhea.

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