“I can’t tell you,” says Rebecca Amaru, MD, “the number of times women come
into my office in tears because they’ve read or heard something about
gynecology they think applies to them – and it doesn’t.” Amaru is clinical
instructor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in
New York City. She tells WebMD that a lot of what you read about gynecology or
about caring for your V zone is either exaggerated or “just plain wrong.”
To help you sort fact from rumor, WebMD asked some of the nation’s top
experts about sexual health and V zone care — topics that many women are too
embarrassed to ask their own doctor about. What they said, may surprise
Menstrual periods also may be very irregular at the other
end of the menstrual years. Many women realize that they are approaching
menopause when their otherwise regular periods become
irregular. Menopause occurs when it has been 12 months since you had a
Pregnancy is the
most common cause of a missed period. If you might be pregnant, treat yourself
as if you are pregnant until you know for sure. Use a
home pregnancy test as the first step to finding out
whether you are pregnant.
If you are not pregnant, other causes of
missed or irregular periods include:
Excessive weight loss or gain. Although low body
weight is a common cause of missed or irregular periods, obesity also can cause
you've skipped a period, try to relax. Restoring your life to emotional and
physical balance can help. Many women miss periods now and then. Unless you are
pregnant, chances are your cycle will return to normal next month.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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