I'm a 19 year old girl, I've had irregular periods since I first got my period when I was 11. Most Recently I got my period at the end of february and when March came I had one day where it was dried blood and white and filmy. I thought I had the usual tender breasts, craving and bloating; but when it came to the day I only had one day of dried blood. I have been having unprotected sex and wanted to know if these were signs of pregnancy.
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!
Well, yes, pregnancy could be a cause and should be ruled out first.
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. Cushingâs 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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