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- Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:11 pm
I am a 27 year old female. I am not a virgin but I have not been sexually acitve for 8 years. I have not had a preiod for a long time. I don't have the possibility of getting pregnant so I did not keep track of when my last cycle was. I do have a bit of vaginal wetness, daily. It is clear and liquidly and does not smell. Is this normal and should I be worried about anything? I quit taking birth control pills when I was about 20. I was on wellbutrin in 2006. Would taking that type of medication affect my cycle? The past two years have been pretty stressful for me, school, work, break-up, not involved in church activity as much. Should I be worried??
| Debbie Miller, RN
- Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:32 am
There are many reasons for amenorrhea (absence of periods). You may not be ovulating or having other hormonal imbalances and this could originate from a number of glands not functioning properly. Women who are underweight or who exercise excessively sometimes stop ovulating. Stress often stops periods. It is as if the body can only take care of so much and if it's too much, we shut down some non-essential functions. Reproduction would be one of those. If your body is not in the right condition to sustain a pregnancy (as with extreme underweight), adding the stress of pregnancy would not be good for the mother or the baby.
I am not familiar with any such side effects with Wellbutrin but I suppose it is possible someone might have this response, simply because each person is individual and tolerates medications differently. But even if that did have that effect, it would not continue after the medication was stopped.
If you are eating a healthy diet and are of normal weight, doing moderate exercise, it would be smart to see a gynecologist to see if you need some hormonal treatment.