Infertility/Fertility/No period. Help!

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Hi, writing from California!

My name is Elizabeth and I am 16 years old, will be 17 on June 9th, 2013. I'm 5'9" and I am overweight, but not terribly obese or anything. I have always been active, and I have been a swimmer since I was 7.

I am wondering if something is wrong with me. I still have not gotten my period. Ever. I just feel so out of place when my friends are all talking about theirs and I just stand there. I don't understand why I haven't gotten it yet. I have pubic hair, I have leg hair, armpit hair, I have breasts, and sometimes I see that my underwear is like a light brown (and it smells weird, but not terrible) but it has never been red.

My Dr. told me that if I don't have it by the time I'm 18 then to come in for some tests.

I just wish so badly that it will have it already. Is there anything I can do? Could this in anyway help the process of it starting?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009ETA6M/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A

I heard that drinking lots of green tea can help?

Could it be me being overweight? I am currently in the process of losing weight and I have lost 15lbs so far. I also heard that it might have been because my mom breastfed me for longer? She nursed me until I was 3, not a lot after the first year, she said it was normally just to get me to sleep.

Please help!

Eliz

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Hello Elizabeth from the U.S.(California,

Since you have secondary sexual characteristics (pubic hair etc.), that means that your ovaries are functioning and producing estrogen.  It may just be a matter of time now before the periods start, but it is a little unusual to not have periods by 17 years old.  I don't agree with your doctor.  This is something you might want to talk to you mother about and urge her to allow you to see a pediatric endocrinologist, adolescent gynecologist or reproductive endocrinologist.  These are all specialists with more advanced training in hormones than your regular pediatrician for family practice doctor.  A blood test can be done to check your hormones to make sure there is not something amiss.  Medical can also be given to help you start periods, or if your hormones are unbalanced, to help balance them.  Having a hormonal imbalance can cause long term side effects, like facial hair, that is not reversible so I would not recommend doing nothing.

As a side note, don't buy anything on the internet that says it does something medical.  Anything that is medically effective has to have FDA approval and then it is sold in a pharmacy or doctor's office.  Only non-medical items can be sold via the internet to non-medical people.

Good Luck,

Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program
www.montereybayivf.com

Monterey, California, U.S.A.

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I am a specialist in infertility and advanced gynecological care. I can answer questions about infertility, gynecology related ills, menopause...virtually anything that affects women's health. PLEASE tell me where you are writing from as I am always interested.

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I have been practicing as an Ob/Gyn and Infertility Specialist for over 23 years. Gynecology, advanced laparoscopic surgery, basic infertility, IUI's, IVF, reproductive surgery, and ovulation induction are all areas of my expertise. I am Board Certified. I have been doing In Vitro Fertilization in my clinic for 19 years.

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American College of OB/GYN, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, Fellow of The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists,Resolve-National Chapter, Open Path - Northern California, Board of Directors Monterey Medical Society

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American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wall Street Journal, Monterey Herald, SERMO, Women's Health and Fertility Blog

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Medical Degree from Stanford University, Residency at Tripler Army Medical Center, Reproductive Training at Pacific Fertility Center, San Francisco

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