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Forum Name: Gynecology
|cstars08 - Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:51 pm||
Hi, I am almost 14, and was born on October in 1994. I started menstruating when I was in grade 7, in late march of 2007. Sinch then, my periods were very irregular. One month i would have the period, the next month i wouldnt. Since then, 1 year and a half has passed, and my periods are a little more regular, but now I am chronically getting my period TWICE a month! I got it twice in may of 2008 on may15-20, and may 27-30, and again this month on august 6-11, and today my period came again in august 29th. What can i do to make my periods more regular so they only come once a month? Or what can I do to stop or delay my period until i'm ready to deal with it, its such a bother!
|Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:27 pm||
After starting your period it can take a good year or two to become regular. I suspect that you are still experiencing some irregularity due to having relatively recently starting your periods.
There are a few things you can discuss with your doctor to help you until your periods regularize. The most common method when periods are too irregular is to start an oral contraceptive. Although commonly used for contraceptive, many women use them to regulate their periods.
Using a birth control method called depo-provera can end up stopping the bleeding in about 90% of women, ultimately. This method involves an injection every 3 months. By 9-12 months, most women are no longer bleeding. They subsequently return to normal periods after stopping the injections. This method doesn't really stop puberty, only the bleeding part by suppressing the estrogen-progesterone relationship.
There is another method with a medication called lupron that would actually stop pubertal development but I would not recommend this since it carries other ramifications due to the cessation of puberty.
The other alternative would be to try to wait this out until your periods regularize better.
I would recommend you talk with your doctor to discuss the options and get better informed about each method.
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