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Infertility

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06/18/2008

Question:

Is it healthy to not have your period monthly????

Answer:

Patients who ovulate (produce an egg) on a regular basis usually have normal periods.  This involves hormonal balance with estrogen (which causes the uterine lining to grow) and progesterone (which controls the growth).  If you have irregular periods, you should see your physician to rule out hormonal causes, including abnormalities of the thyroid gland.  Patients who do not ovulate do not make progesterone, therefore, there is no control of uterine lining growth.  This increases the chances for development of overgrowth of the uterine lining cells, and possibly pre-cancerous changes.  This can easily be treated by hormonally controlling your menstrual cycles in these cases. 

I would therefore recommend that you contact your physician to discuss testing as well as treatment.

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Response by:

Daniel B Williams, MD Daniel B Williams, MD
Formerly:
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati