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Eating Disorders and starting period

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hi, im 12 years old and when i was younger i had an eating disorder when i didnt eat much at all and if i did eat it wouldnt be a proper dinner and i wouldnt eat alot, now im on and of my food but i have started eating better, does this mean this is going to effect my period? does it mean that i may not even start my period ever?
please answer my question as i get stressed out with stuff like this
many thanks


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replied May 20th, 2010
Eating Disorders Answer A12272
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned with eating disorder(probably anorexia nervosa) and its effect on menarche.
The onset of anorexia nervosa (AN) during childhood can affect the timing of puberty. The first period may be late because of many cases of amenorrhea including anorexia. You must consult your psychiatrist for detailed evaluation and questionnaires to establish the diagnosis of eating disorder as the same cannot be made online and start appropriate remedial measures.
Hope this helps. Take care.



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