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Menses irregularity

03/18/2011

Question:

My girlfriend faces menses iregularity. She reached puberty at the age of 14. Her periods last fo maximum 3 days. At times she gets bleeding or no bleeding at all. Recently she started facing breastache too. But nthing related to breast cancer. Right nw she s 17yrs old. Why s she facing menses irregularity nd breast ache. What preacautions should we take now?

Answer:

Sometimes teenage women can have irregular periods, but it sounds like they may have been regular, and now are not. It that's true, there are a few things to consider. First, did she just start on the pill, or on a new form of birth control? That could result in irregularity and/or breast aching. It could also account for decrease in the amount of bleeding. If by "precautions," you are asking about pregnancy prevention, please be sure to use a good method of birth control if you don't want to become pregnant. If the irregular periods continue, she should talk to her health care provider.

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Linda A Bernhard, PhD, RN Linda A Bernhard, PhD, RN
Professor Emeritus
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University