Parenting Question: Irregular Teenage Periods
Mom question: " I have a 14 yr old daughter that is struggling with menstrual periods not being normal. She has had her cycle for a couple years and up until this year everything has been normal. She hasn't had a period since March. I dont really want to put her on birth control at her age. Any advice, help is much appreciated. "
Dr. Bruner's Response: I know it can be a little nerve-racking to disclose personal information, especially if it has been going on a while.
The best starting place for this situation would be to sit down with a healthcare provider to go over the following to to try to spot the trends in her health:
detailed new patient history
detailed food log with symptoms
detailed exercise log
If she isn’t already, I would highly recommend charting her menstrual cycles and symptoms in an app like the Apple Health >> Cycle Tracking
These would be the least invasive ways to get information about her body’s symptoms and function without having to do invasive testing out the gate.
I know you requested help/advice, but it is really difficult to make any food, supplement, diet, or lifestyle specific recommendations without any intake paperwork, history, or blood work.
It is probably warranted for her to undergo a traditional CBC Blood Panel with a Female Hormone Panel and inflammatory markers. This is something a general practitioner, pediatrician, or other healthcare provider can order to look at her hormonal levels to see if they are within the correct ranges.
If you are interested, I am happy to setup a complimentary evaluation once the new patient paperwork has been completed and returned. From there we can discuss what metabolic or hormonal testing may be warranted in this situation.
If we can ever be a resource, please do not hesitate to reach out!
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Dr. Rebekah Bruner is passionate about healthy living & preventative healthcare learning. She enjoys speaking and writing about empowering people to become their own health advocate.
Dr. Bruner's post-doctorate training is in functional medicine, neurology, & pediatrics. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association & she is completing additional training through the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (medMAPS).