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can irregular cycles be normal? Should my 15yo be seen?

My daughters menstrual cycle has always been irregular. She is 15. She can go up to 5 months before she gets her cycle. Currently she had gone 3 months and now has a dark brown discharge instead of red. People say irregular cycles can be normal. How do I know when she needs to be seen.
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replied June 30th, 2014
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It is difficult to comment on the exact cause for her irregular periods and long gaps between periods without examining her and going ahead with thorough evaluation. Having long gaps between periods usually suggests anovulatory cycles (menstrual cycles without release of egg from ovary). If you are not pregnant, the possibilities could include secondary amenorrhea due to obesity or increase in body fat percentage, brain or pituitary tumors, PCOS, ovarian suppression, premature ovarian failure, thyroid dysfunction, use of certain medications, changes in stress levels or lifestyle, hormonal derangements, etc. Consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation (physical examination, blood and hormonal work-up, ultrasound scan) to look for the underlying cause. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you get your periods and regulate them. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
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