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Abortion/its been 11months and still no menstrol cycle after my abortion

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I had a surgical abortion in Dec 2011 its now Dec 2012 and i still have not started my menstrual cycle.Is this normal? I'm 25 years old and was 7 weeks when my pregnancy was terminated. The doctor put me on medication called progesterone 5mg for ten days and still have not started my period. its been over a month now scene the medication. what else should i do ? Ive never had and missed periods and am a healthy person..

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Hello, Jacqueline,

Having an abortion is not normal, and not having a period for a year afterwards is definitely not normal, nor is it that common from what I can tell.

I can't tell you over the internet what the problem is, and neither can anyone else. But the first thing that comes to mind is the possibility that there is scarring over the opening of the uterus into the cervix, which is preventing blood from escaping. Another possibility is that you may have an eating disorder as a result of the emotional reaction to the abortion that may be causing malnutrition. For example, if you have anorexia, or if you are very thin, you may not have a period because there is insufficient hormones to cause it to happen. Or, if you exercise excessively, that will also stop the period. Vegans are often malnourished (in my opinion, veganism is total malnutrition) and won't have periods. They aren't getting enough cholesterol in their diet to produce the necessary hormones, and sooner or later the body loses its capacity to compensate by producing the necessary cholesterol. So there are different things you need to explore and ask about. I will be happy to go into more depth on any of the things I have mentioned. Ultimately, you will probably have to have a doctor determine the cause.

I hope you find out what is wrong and are able to correct it. Please let me know what you find out.

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I can help women with the consideration of their decision, and with resources, and I can share my own experiences as the mother of seven and grandmother of eleven. My approach is to show love and concern, and help women work through the issues, emotional, spiritual, practical. I also help women deal with boyfriend and family issues. I am not a doctor, but I have done extensive medical research, so I may be able to help with information. I am female. When you write, if you are or were pregnant, please tell me how far along you were or are, and if you have had an abortion, please tell me what kind. Thank you.

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I have been working with women who are considering abortion for several years. I also work with women who have had abortions. Our family has also experienced adoption, so I can talk about that as well.

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I am mostly self-taught. I also studied midwifery for awhile. I have spent years doing research on this topic. In fact, I have been doing research and working in this area since the early 1970's. I have been helping women online for a few years, under the guidance of a woman who was formally training in counseling.

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