At what weight do your periods stop?

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by TheWr0ngChild, Jun 25, 2009.

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  1. TheWr0ngChild

    TheWr0ngChild Well-Known Member

    Doctor has refused to help me, and only offered me a stupid anti depressant with side effects exactly the same as my PMDD symptoms. I've come to the conclusion I will only be ok when I don't have my period. I have no medical help now as they said there is nothing physicaly wrong with me. The only other option I have left is to lose so much weight I no longer get periods. It's a stupid idea, but it's my last option.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Little_me

    Little_me Well-Known Member

    I did what you want to do, I quit with food to get rid of the periods. I have endometriosis, so my periods are extremely painful.
    What happened? After being underweight and malnutritioned constantly for a year, I collapsed and was rushed to the psychatric hospital. I was hospitalized for a long time.
    It's inevitable, you cannot live as underweight in the long term. I'm sorry, but it's not the solution. Well, I was happy to get rid of my monthly hell, but it turned into another, even worse, hell.

    Take care :hug:
     
  3. plates

    plates Well-Known Member

    Your doctor is incompetent because he doesn't know what he's talking about and is offering you the easiest option. An eating disorder isn't a physical illness and you shouldn't have to feel you need to endanger your physical health more to get help.

    Do get a second opinion, and let them know you know what an eating disorder is. So many people are met with the kind of reaction you have done, don't worry. There is a good website called somethingfishy.org where there's actually a page full of medical professionals reactions to EDs.

    Personally I never lost my period and I've had an eating disorder for 13 years. They'd be infrequent and even at my very lowest weight, when I was emaciated I'd get a light, v. infrequent period because I kept a bare minimum of nutrition going because I didn't want to die from anorexia. I didn't get ever get properly treated though other than by a private therapist but the medical people did see me with someone with 'atypical purging anorexia' because I did get periods.
     
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  4. Carcinogen

    Carcinogen Well-Known Member

    When your body fat drops below either ten or thirteen percent. I can't remember which. I'm sure you already know it's inadvisable, as besides the physical consequences, i.e. extreme tiredness and depression (which is what you're trying to get away from in the first place), mentally they are a living HELL.
     
  5. Rose24

    Rose24 Chat & Forum Buddy

    it actually varies greatly from person to person, I lost mine at a BMI of 19.5, which is still within the normal range, its ridiculous how in order to get help you need to be ill to the point of no return. I would turn to counseling from charities like and Mind (UK) for help; they seem to be more sympathetic. prehaps you could go on the pill to stop the periods?

    tc and be safe

    Rose
     
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  6. TheWr0ngChild

    TheWr0ngChild Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the responses, I've tried the pill and had very bad side effects from it. I don't have an ED (yet) but I am considering a drastic change to the way I eat in order to try & disrupt my cycle. There IS something physicaly wrong with me because I get very ill each month with nausea (basicaly morning sickness without being pregnant), infections in my skin, sores all over the inside of my mouth that crack open & bleed and thats only the surface. 99% of the anti depressant's side effects are the symptoms I get before my period for up to 2 weeks of each month, right down to sinus problems, weakness, sweating, going hot & cold etc. It also states it can exasserbate mood swings & violent outbursts, all of which I am doing before my period, so much so I've started threatening strangers.

    Thats not to mention the psychological symptoms. I don't think anyone will take me seriously till I do something drastic, and this idea is the least destructive of all my options.

    I refused to take it, so in their eyes I've refused treatment, they also refused to reffer me to a specialist, specificaly stating there is nothing physicaly wrong with me.m This 'diagnosis' is based on the negative results of some very surfacial blood tests.
     
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  7. byebyebeautiful

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    cant you try and miriena coil? I'm on that (was contemplating the same thing as you) and thus far (2 months in) ive had no problems.
     
  8. Bambi

    Bambi Well-Known Member

    I went through 15 years of hell and what did it was depakote given for my mania...it literally gave me life back..pdoc was trying to treat one thing and walked away saved from migraines and pms. he wanted to take the depakote away cuz he thot just depressed but let me stay on it for what it did for me in other areas-you cant pry that stuff away from me as being useless for 3-5 days EVERY month gets old as you well know-bosses don't like it either. I know that topamax is very popular but honestly I know more women helped by depakote.

    Also I was down to 85-90 lbs (about 40-50 underweight) when my periods greatly decreased in frequency but when I was 105 and working constantly it stopped entirely so exercise was a factor for my body....115 and depakote = no probs for me.

    Have you been checked for cystic ovaries? Please give depakote t a try! You need not suffer like this...hugs
     
  9. TheWr0ngChild

    TheWr0ngChild Well-Known Member

    No because they've made up their mind there's nothing wrong with my body. I have only had a few blood tests, thats it. I asked about seeing a specialist but they refused.
     
  10. Bambi

    Bambi Well-Known Member

    damn sorry to hear that....I don't know how old you are but could you perhaps get you mom to rally on your behalf? If you have medical insurance I can tell you a few things to say that may help them to give your plight more consideration...medical malpractice lawyer is a very good friend of mine so have gotten advice when I had to travel that road of fighting for treatment in the past.
     
  11. TheWr0ngChild

    TheWr0ngChild Well-Known Member

    It doesn't work like that here. We have the NHS, which is sposedly the envy of the world. I think it all depends on what funding is allocated to your area, your healthcare depends on your postcode most of the time.

    If the ordanary doctors don't want to refer you, there's no chance of getting seen by a specialist unless your prepared to pay thounsands to go private.
     
  12. downunder

    downunder Well-Known Member

    when i was around 53 - 54kg, i think my bmi was 17.
     
  13. Little_me

    Little_me Well-Known Member

    They might be wrong, even if they say that you are perfectly healthy. That happened to me, they said "it's not possible, you're too young!" when they finally discovered my endometriosis after years of unexplainable suffering...
     
  14. Rose24

    Rose24 Chat & Forum Buddy

    ask for a referal then - well within your rights! you GP sounds like a fool!
     
  15. TheWr0ngChild

    TheWr0ngChild Well-Known Member

    It's cheaper to prescribe drugs than to refer me.
     
  16. plates

    plates Well-Known Member

    Yup, but if you keep at it, they have to refer you. What you're going through with your periods sounds agonising. Referrals sometimes takes ages.
    I have had the same problem with 'surface' blood results and doctors not wanting to refer, but you have every right to see an endocrinologist to check out what's going on with you hormonally.

    Try another doctor and ask to be referred and list your symptoms. If not then try your PCT or get in touch with a PALS worker and see what they say.
     
  17. SmilePretty

    SmilePretty Staff Alumni

    Yaz is a birth control for PMDD
    if that helps....
     
  18. TheWr0ngChild

    TheWr0ngChild Well-Known Member

    I am thinking that will be my next step, but I have my 'bad fortnight' now and I'm finding it very hard to organise things. I'm keeping a record of it all in a diary, along with another extreme measure. Every time I was my hair I am putting what falls out into plastic bags & dating it. This will prove I lose a ton of hair in the week before my period too.

    I don't want to do any of this, I don't even want to live right now. I'm struggling on for my boyfriend but I wonder if I'm doing more harm than good.
    I've already lost a couple of pounds, but I've not started the drastic cuts in my diet, I'm doing that from tomorrow or whenever we next go shopping.

    I can't carry on like this, I'd rather be a bag of bones than not know who I am & keep forgetting the details that make me human, the memory loss in these 2 weeks is pretty bad now. I was washing my hair last month and as I rinsed it out I really thought the entire length of the back had fell out, it was that bad. I think the only way to keep my hair might be to let it go into dreadlocks or some other perminant style that doesn't involve brushing it. I can't grow it as each month more & more of the long parts drop out. I can't get it past my shoulders.


    I don't know, :lost:
     
  19. emily88

    emily88 Member

    It's a little late to jump in, but thought I'd put it out there that I stopped my periods when I was about 130 pounds on my 5'5 frame, which is a healthy and normal weight however, I had been really, really harming my body and it was completely out of whack. I didn't start getting periods again until I started trying to recover and normalized my metabolism. I guess it just really varies person to person...
     
  20. catnip43

    catnip43 Active Member

    Many years ago I was anorexic and after my weight dropped to a certain point my periods stopped. Even after I started gaining the weight back it took about a year before they came back.

    I also lost my period when I went to Army basic training (which was odd because I was at an average weight), but I think it was the stress and all...

    Today I have horrific periods, every two weeks, painful cramps. And because of my past experience I've been having these thoughts of starving myself to get them to stop but thanks to the meds I'm on I'm always hungry so that's not an option. If you're periods are so bad that they are interferring with your life I'd suggest going to an OB/Gyn and requestion a pelvic sonagram. I recently had one and they found numerous fibroids which can cause really bad periods. I haven't been back to the doc yet, but I'm going to BEG for a hysterectomy, I can't stand being constantly on my period.

    Anyway, hope that helps.

    Kat
     
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