Menstruation Comes Back After Years Of Not Menstruating?
My mom was menstruating for decades after not having her period after giving birth, I am 17 years old and now menstruating again, is that normal?
Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com. I am dr. Princess Claudya will help answer your questions.
Normal age for a woman to menstruate is in the range of 10-16 years, or about 2 years after the first breast growth.
So that at your age, which is 17 years and already menstruating, it is normal. If menstruation does not occur, it should be questioned because the following conditions may occur:
Hormonal disorders produced by the brain: parts of the brain produce a hormone called gondotropin / GnRH (FSH, LH) that triggers menstruation
Hormonal formation abnormalities in the ovaries
The uterus does not form
Vaginal deformities, such as a non-perforated hymen
In the case of your mother, what I caught from your exposure was that there was a menstrual cycle disorder in your mother, where your mother's menstruation had stopped and now reappeared. Menstrual cycle disorders in your mother can be caused by:
Perimenopause: is a condition before menopause that occurs at the age of 40-50s. In this condition, there will be disruption of the menstrual cycle and the amount of menstrual blood is reduced (appears in the form of spots). Usually accompanied by a body feeling hot, mood changes, pain during sexual intercourse, etc.
Diseases of the uterus, such as PCOS, ovarian cysts, or myoma.
Stress: this condition can trigger hormonal imbalances, which can have an impact on menstrual disorders.
Physical fatigue: just like stress, physical fatigue can also cause hormonal imbalance
Pregnancy: during pregnancy, menstruation will stop
After giving birth, especially if the baby is breastfeeding exclusively, menstruation usually stops. But after that, normally menstruation will reappear unless there are things as mentioned above.
To ascertain the cause of your complaint and your mother, you should further consult with your obstetrician. The doctor will dig further complaints in detail and will perform an examination of the reproductive organs. If necessary, the doctor will perform supporting examinations in the form of blood tests, ultrasound, and female hormone levels. After that, the doctor will provide treatment according to the underlying condition.
Tips that can be done to improve menstrual disorders are:
Good stress management by relaxing or doing a favorite hobby
Regular exercise 3-5 times a week. Exercise can help reduce stress by producing endorphine hormones and can support good blood circulation
Eat regular nutritious foods and adequate calories according to the body's needs.
Avoid diets that are too strict as this can lead to hormonal imbalances
Get enough fluids by consuming about 2 liters of water per day
Get enough rest, sleep 7-8 hours per day
That is the explanation from me. Hopefully helpful and useful.
dr. Princess Claudya