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Posted 16 January 2008 - 08:41 AM

I'm a little concerned because for the past 3 months I have not gotten my menstrual cycle. I know 100% I'm not pregnant.

The past 3 months I have
-started taking MINOCYCLINE for my acne
-started taking an antidepressant
-i've lost 15 lbs in the past year or so. 140lbs to 125lbs
-i've changed my diet a little

Does anyone know what might have caused this and what my options are to start having it again? My dr told me she could give me a pill to start again but I want to find the underlying issue. Could they run blood tests? Scans? I just don't want to jeopardize anything down the road.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 08:45 AM

I do not think the weight loss is sufficient to cause amenorrhea, but if you are at a very very low BMI (Body Mass Index), your periods may have ceased due to that alone. If you have an eating disorder, that can sometimes cause amenorrhea.

I have not heard of mino causing amenorrhea, nor of any anti-depressants that cause amenorrhea. What's the anti-depressant? Sometimes some medications are used for other issues and have different side effects. Something may be prescribed for depression but it is actually a hormonal medication, in other words.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 08:54 AM

QUOTE (Wynne @ Jan 16 2008, 09:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I do not think the weight loss is sufficient to cause amenorrhea, but if you are at a very very low BMI (Body Mass Index), your periods may have ceased due to that alone. If you have an eating disorder, that can sometimes cause amenorrhea.

I have not heard of mino causing amenorrhea, nor of any anti-depressants that cause amenorrhea. What's the anti-depressant? Sometimes some medications are used for other issues and have different side effects. Something may be prescribed for depression but it is actually a hormonal medication, in other words.



Effexor XR. I take 112.5mgs in the am. my dr was going to increase me to 150mgs but she said she wanted to wait awhile because i'm small. I'm about 5'4 and 125lbs.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 08:57 AM

I have not heard that Effexor XR can cause missed periods. I would want to get to the underlying cause, myself. Rapid weight loss CAN cause amenorrhea, but you said the loss was over a year's time? I just don't know, and would see if your doctor can find out why.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 08:58 AM

QUOTE (Wynne @ Jan 16 2008, 10:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have not heard that Effexor XR can cause missed periods. I would want to get to the underlying cause, myself. Rapid weight loss CAN cause amenorrhea, but you said the loss was over a year's time? I just don't know, and would see if your doctor can find out why.



do you know what kind of tests they could run? could they take blood tests? scans?

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:02 AM

QUOTE (smc0617 @ Jan 16 2008, 09:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm a little concerned because for the past 3 months I have not gotten my menstrual cycle. I know 100% I'm not pregnant.

The past 3 months I have
-started taking MINOCYCLINE for my acne
-started taking an antidepressant
-i've lost 15 lbs in the past year or so. 140lbs to 125lbs
-i've changed my diet a little

Does anyone know what might have caused this and what my options are to start having it again? My dr told me she could give me a pill to start again but I want to find the underlying issue. Could they run blood tests? Scans? I just don't want to jeopardize anything down the road.


Since you've already seen your doctor about this, why didn't you ask them about blood tests, scans, etc when you were there? Just a thought eusa_think.gif

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:05 AM

QUOTE (wanabeacnefree @ Jan 16 2008, 10:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (smc0617 @ Jan 16 2008, 09:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm a little concerned because for the past 3 months I have not gotten my menstrual cycle. I know 100% I'm not pregnant.

The past 3 months I have
-started taking MINOCYCLINE for my acne
-started taking an antidepressant
-i've lost 15 lbs in the past year or so. 140lbs to 125lbs
-i've changed my diet a little

Does anyone know what might have caused this and what my options are to start having it again? My dr told me she could give me a pill to start again but I want to find the underlying issue. Could they run blood tests? Scans? I just don't want to jeopardize anything down the road.


Since you've already seen your doctor about this, why didn't you ask them about blood tests, scans, etc when you were there? Just a thought eusa_think.gif


My dr told me not to worry about it right now. I have another appt on Feb 11 and going to bring it up. I don't know why i didn't ask...sometimes you think of it after the fact.


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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:05 AM

Scans (computer assisted tomography and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging etc) wouldn't be necessary yet, as they'd look for structural abnormalities. The physician would be able to perform many different types of lab tests to see what your hormones are up to.

Then there are the common explanations for amenorrhea: Stress, PCOS, birth control pills, the list continues. There are many benign reasons for not having a period. Stress is a BIG one and the most common.

http://www.mayoclini...0581/DSECTION=1

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:08 AM

QUOTE (Wynne @ Jan 16 2008, 10:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Scans (computer assisted tomography and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging etc) wouldn't be necessary yet, as they'd look for structural abnormalities. The physician would be able to perform many different types of lab tests to see what your hormones are up to.

Then there are the common explanations for amenorrhea: Stress, PCOS, birth control pills, the list continues. There are many benign reasons for not having a period. Stress is a BIG one and the most common.

http://www.mayoclini...0581/DSECTION=1



thanks wynne for the link. i will check it out.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:10 AM

QUOTE (smc0617 @ Jan 16 2008, 10:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (wanabeacnefree @ Jan 16 2008, 10:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (smc0617 @ Jan 16 2008, 09:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm a little concerned because for the past 3 months I have not gotten my menstrual cycle. I know 100% I'm not pregnant.

The past 3 months I have
-started taking MINOCYCLINE for my acne
-started taking an antidepressant
-i've lost 15 lbs in the past year or so. 140lbs to 125lbs
-i've changed my diet a little

Does anyone know what might have caused this and what my options are to start having it again? My dr told me she could give me a pill to start again but I want to find the underlying issue. Could they run blood tests? Scans? I just don't want to jeopardize anything down the road.


Since you've already seen your doctor about this, why didn't you ask them about blood tests, scans, etc when you were there? Just a thought eusa_think.gif


My dr told me not to worry about it right now. I have another appt on Feb 11 and going to bring it up. I don't know why i didn't ask...sometimes you think of it after the fact.



Yeh, fair enough, I thought as much, I've been there too eusa_wall.gif

Could you phone them and ask? Since you've already had a consultation and they know the problem?

Wynne is going great guns with the advice for you btw eusa_dance.gif

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:11 AM

And don't (like most laypersons and ALL student nurses and doctors) think OMG! I have all the symptoms of the worst reason on here for my problem! wink.gif

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:13 AM

QUOTE (Wynne @ Jan 16 2008, 10:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And don't (like most laypersons and ALL student nurses and doctors) think OMG! I have all the symptoms of the worst reason on here for my problem! wink.gif


I'm not worrying about it too much, but i would like to know why i've missed it. i have a relative who missed hers and she is having a difficult time conceiving. i'm not planning on having a family anytime soon, but eventually i would like to.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:34 AM

QUOTE (smc0617 @ Jan 16 2008, 10:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Wynne @ Jan 16 2008, 10:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And don't (like most laypersons and ALL student nurses and doctors) think OMG! I have all the symptoms of the worst reason on here for my problem! wink.gif


I'm not worrying about it too much, but i would like to know why i've missed it. i have a relative who missed hers and she is having a difficult time conceiving. i'm not planning on having a family anytime soon, but eventually i would like to.



I think this may be the sort of worrying Wynne is talking about?

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 10:28 AM

^ Yes. That's the sort of worrying I'm talking about. Do not assume the worst.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 11:34 AM

QUOTE (Wynne @ Jan 16 2008, 12:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
^ Yes. That's the sort of worrying I'm talking about. Do not assume the worst.


I know i shouldn't worry. It's probably nothing too serious, but there's always that doubt. I'll try not to think about it much. Thanks again for the information.