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Well, I am 21 and up until i was 18, i was pretty regular. In January of 07, I had horrible cramping and heavy bleeding. After that, I didn't get my period until 6 months later. That was only due to the fact that i took a pill to get it to go. I've been to the doctors and they can't really figure out what is wrong. They have done multiple test and all came back negative. During that time, I've gained a lot of weight and don't really know why. I haven't changed any of my habit. Now it is January of 09 and I still don't know what is going on. I get my period one or twice a year. Can anybody help me out. I don't really know what to do anymore.
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replied January 5th, 2009
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Once or twice a year? That is odd. Here is what I found and I am unsure what tests you have had but you may want to get a 2nd or 3rd opinion and see a specialist.

A very common cause of a missed period is not having ovulated that cycle. In a normal cycle, estrogen is produced all month. Estrogen is responsible for building up the lining of your uterus so you have something to shed each month. In a normal cycle, progesterone production increases following ovulation.

Progesterone "stabilizes" the uterine lining in preparation for a possible implantation of a new pregnancy. If you are not pregnant that month the levels of estrogen and progesterone fall, triggering the release of the uterine lining - your period. So, if you do not ovulate, the estrogen build up of the lining continues, but without the usual ovulation-associated progesterone. Thus, the hormone levels don't decline, and the lining stays up inside the uterus - your missed period.

If you have been several months without a period, a gynecologist may give you some progesterone in a pill form (eg Provera 10 mg for 5 days). Within 48-72 hours after stopping the progesterone your "progesterone blood level" will fall, triggering the release of the lining that has been building up. Alternatively, the built-up lining may begin to shed under its own weight. Either way, women report that these periods are very heavy - as though several months of lining are shed.

Such flows can also be prolonged or have a stop and start pattern. The reason for this erratic or prolonged bleeding is this: without the progesterone the lining does not have a clean shed down to the base layer.

Causes for not ovulating are multifold: thyroid problems, pituitary problems, ovarian cysts, physical stressors (eg sudden increases in exercise, crash dieting), emotional stressors (problems with parents or boyfriends/girlfriends, exams), increased body weight, anorexia, rotating shifts at work, etc.

~Zig
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Users who thank zigemyster for this post: diamondsz 

replied January 5th, 2009
well, i've done test for thyroid and i don't know what the rest of the tests was for. Thank you for your reply. I got more info from you then my doctors. I found your reply really really informational. I may want to bring what you said up to my doctor. I've ask a lot of question, but i don't really get a lot of answer back to what might be the cause. All they said so far is that i am stressing and when i stop stressing, it would regulate itself and shoved me aside. Two years and it is still abnormal. I think i should just switch doctors. Again, thank you.
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replied January 26th, 2009
hi,
I am also having the same problem,as you said i have seen many doctors,they didnt figure out,I hdont have any how to plan for pregancy,can any one suggest some speacialist,I was taking homeopathic medicine,that time periods was regular,that doctor gone to US,and i tried with another Homeo doctor,thats not work out,what to do? please anyone help me
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replied November 10th, 2011
period one or twice a year?????
Hello my name is Sonia. Ive been having period problems since 2006. Im 20 years old and only get my period once or twice a year! I have told my doctor and they have did many test and everthing but still cant find what is wrong with me.. I have ganged wait because of this issue. Any advice would be very helpful Smile Email: jesusmonique30@yahoo..com
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replied November 10th, 2011
period one or twice a year?????
Hello my name is Sonia. Ive been having period problems since 2006. Im 20 years old and only get my period once or twice a year! I have told my doctor and they have did many test and everthing but still cant find what is wrong with me.. I have ganged wait because of this issue. Any advice would be very helpful Smile Email: jesusmonique30@yahoo..com
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replied February 22nd, 2012
Starting from age 13 until I was about 20 I was having the same issue. Having only about a dozen periods in 7 years. I went to many specialists and I was diagnosed with Pituitary Adenoma. I'm not saying that this is the cause, but I strongly urge you ladies to ask your doctor to do an MRI on you pituitary gland in your brain. Once I was put on a specific type of medication my BENIGN tumor went away and my period became regular. Its been normal for the past 6 years. Good luck. http://neurosurgery.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=1 123&ref=80&action=detail
Hope this link is helpful.
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