I'm 16 and I had sex for the first time about 8 months ago. Ever since then I've had irregular periods, maybe about 3 or 4 since I had sex. They've been really light and only last 5 days instead of my usual 7. I took a pregnancy test six months ago, it was negative. What could be wrong with me?
Well, cycles change with time, so this is a possibility. If pregnancy test is negative, it is best to consult a gynecologist and find out why you have irregular periods. High level of stress, dramatic changes in your life style, high cholesterol, hormonal imbalance as seen in thyroid problems and PCOS, chain smoking, may be some of the common causes of your irregular periods. Cushing’s disease and disorders of adrenal gland, tumors of the ovaries and adrenals, insulin resistance and obesity are some of the other factors. Prolonged use of oral contraceptive pills is another cause. Other important local causes of irregular periods are PCOS and fibroid uterus. PCOS causes cysts to form on the ovaries, interfering with regular ovulation. Diagnosis is by blood tests like blood insulin levels, serum testosterone and androgen levels and by ultrasound. I sincerely advice you to consult a gynecologist and get it evaluated. Take care!
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