Many girls get their first period between 11 and 13 years old, some girls get anywhere between 9 and 16. Each one has own ‘biological clock’, and hence differs from anyone else’s. Accordingly, if you doubt that you will never get your period, don’t worry, you will!
It is fairly common for some girls to have abnormal menstrual cycles during their early stage or even first year of menstruation. But, it’s not regular if she misses her period for 3 to 5 months in a row, particularly if she has had a period normally for some months before that.
The medical term for not having menstruation is amenorrhea, and if the condition goes beyond 3 months, then you need to seek medical attention. There are a lot of reasons that your daughter may be experiencing irregular menstrual cycles, given below are few things both you and your daughter must discuss:
• It is normal for a teenage girl during her first two years of menstruating to have irregular periods. A few have irregular menstrual cycles for their entire lives, though majority of females have a cycle that they can count out. The 28-day cycle, which is written about in books and followed by physicians, is an average, not the rule.
• The length of time in days and the amount of blood of a teen’s period is influenced by the amount of hormones, which her body is presently manufacturing. Hence, it is usual for a girl who is growing and has changeable hormones for the amount of blood and the length of time her menstrual cycle lasts to be different from one period to the next.
• Teach your daughter to begin recognizing the signs and symptoms of her menstruation so she will have an idea of when it is coming. If her periods are not regular, you will want her to carry a pad with her at all times, as it will be best if she is prepared when she does get her menstruation. One must ask her to mark down on a calendar when her period begins and when it ends. This is vital because if her irregular menstruations become a medical problem you will have the answers to her physician’s questions about when she had her periods and how irregular they were.
• While missing out one month or having a longer or a shorter span of days between menstruations isn’t irregular for a teenage girl, if your daughter’s period doesn’t show for a much longer amount of time, you will want to consult her physician. The development of amenorrhea- absence of a cycle for three months or more- must be informed to doctor because it could be a sign of premature ovarian failure, a condition, which fully develops in a female’s 40s.
• There are a lot of outside influences, which can cause irregular periods. If you feel one of these influences may be causing your teen’s irregular menstruation, you must talk to her physician.
- Over exercises
- Significant weight gain or loss
- Drug use
- Eating disorders
- Poor nutrition
- Increased stress
• If your daughter is sexually active and skips a menstruation, she must be seen by a physician to rule out pregnancy. If your teen is normally irregular she must still see a physician after two 28-day cycles of not getting her menstruation. A missed menstrual period is still a sign of pregnancy even in females who have irregular period.
Categorised in: Women Health
This post was written by Marcella