Here are some questions for you:
- First, are you sexually active with males? If so, one of the most common reasons for skipped periods is, you guessed it, pregnancy. Sometimes you can get spotting early on in pregnancy so it might seem like you are getting your period, but then you go on to “skip” a few. Not sure? Take that pregnancy test.
- OK, second thing to consider is have your periods ever been monthly? Some young women don’t have periods every 28 days like clockwork. This is especially true when you start menstruating (getting a period). It takes a while for your body to settle into its usual cycle, so not having periods every month at this stage is normal.
- Are you a healthy weight? If your periods used to occur regularly, and you are not pregnant, another common cause of skipped or missed periods is when you don’t eat enough or you exercise too much. This can be called Exercise Amenorrhea. This occurs in females, including athletes or young women with eating disorders, who really take exercise and diet to the extreme. When you skip or stop having periods due to extreme thinness or low body fat, that is a sign that your estrogen levels have dropped. And you need estrogen to build up those bones. So, low estrogen = weak bones.
There are other medical problems that can affect the hormones that regulate your cycle. These can be identified by your doctor. Because periods and healthy bones are related, if you stop having your periods, or your periods get really irregular after they already settled into a pattern for you, you need to see your doctor so she can determine what might be the cause and if it is something you need to worry about.
For more info about normal periods and when you want to see your doctor, go HERE
Hope this helps!