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    I began suffering with an eating disorder around age 11 and it continued until i was around 17. Now, at the age of 19 i have got myself to a healthy weight, although still have the occasional struggle. I am aware this struggle will probably continue for the rest of my life.

    As i developed anorexia so young, i did have my first period at about 13 and a half, but had about 4 until they stopped completely. At the age of about 14/15 i went on the pill after going to the doctors and asking how i could get my periods back as i didnt feel normal. The doctor explained the pill wouldnt give me "real periods" but i would experience monthly bleeds.

    January 2008, i went to my doctor and had tests as to whether my body would be able to manage normal periods now i was a stable weight, the tests came back with good results and my body was producing its own hormones etc. The doctor informed me to come off the pill and my periods should return within 6 months.

    Now, 18 months on my periods have still not returned. I re-visited the doctor, but they said it was a matter of waiting and made me seem like i was making a big deal out of nothing, and said there was no point testing to see if there were any underlying problems as i did have a few real periods before. Im worried now that maybe i have damaged my body too much to be able to have periods and ruined my chances of one day becoming pregnant and having children. Im sorry this is so long, and if i sound ridiculous.

    Im just wondering whether anyone else has gone through something similar as i have noticed a few threads on here with girls talking about suffering with eating disorders.
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    i had an eating disorder for about 3 years ... started with bulimia, then turned into anorexia ... then i got therapy got better, but just a few months ago i started threwing up again. not as often as i used to, but i just have the typical eating attacs whenever im home alone and have unlimited acces to food.
    i didnt have my period since a few months after i started threwing up, and just got it again after i went to therapy and gained weight and didnt do any of the ****. no, however, it stopped again as i started puking, and im really afraid.
    i know i mess my body up so much with that ****, but ...
    well, good luck to you though, really hope everything will turn out fine!!
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    i had an eating disorder for about 3 years ... started with bulimia, then turned into anorexia ... then i got therapy got better, but just a few months ago i started threwing up again. not as often as i used to, but i just have the typical eating attacs whenever im home alone and have unlimited acces to food.
    i didnt have my period since a few months after i started threwing up, and just got it again after i went to therapy and gained weight and didnt do any of the ****. no, however, it stopped again as i started puking, and im really afraid.
    i know i mess my body up so much with that ****, but ...
    well, good luck to you though, really hope everything will turn out fine!!
    Im really sorry to hear your struggling again, i know how it is especially when you feel yourself sliding back towards it.I really think you should go see your gp straight away before it starts to get too much again for you. If you ever want anyone just to talk to about it,or anything let me know.
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    Has anyone else had similar problems? Or any advice on anything i could do to help?
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    I was anorexic when I was about 14 to about 16. Then I "swapped" to bulimia. I've been pretty much recovered since about 18 (with occasional relapses) and my periods have only just returned now I'm 23. Enjoy it while it lasts, because they are annoying!
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    I have an eating disorder and my periods have always been irregular. When It got to 90 days between each period I was put on the pill which regulated my cycle and made the experiance of periods alot more comfortable. I came off the pill for a about a year and I didn't have a single period asside from occassional spotting so I went back on it purely because I was becoming uncomfortable.

    I don't know what doctor you were going to but whether your period is encouraged to come naturally or through hormone therapy, it is still a period. So the positive thing is that your body still has the ability to create an environment for children.

    However! I would strongly suggest you go to a gynocologist or a specialist of some sort as they will know a great deal more about your womanly bits than your average GP.

    I hope you are getting to grips with your ED and everything is going okay for you ^_^

    Belle x
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    I've suffered with eating disorders from the age of 14 (now 18). I didn't have a period for a year, but after gaining some weight, they restarted within a few months and have been stable ever since. This is probably because I have managed to maintain a weight within the healthy bmi range despite my thinking patterns. Statistically most women who have recovered from anorexia do go on to regain their periods and are fully fertile.

    Are you managing to eat regularly and healthily? And are you a 'healthy' weight? I really wish you all the best, I know how difficult it is and hats off for wanting to be better.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I've suffered with eating disorders from the age of 14 (now 18). I didn't have a period for a year, but after gaining some weight, they restarted within a few months and have been stable ever since. This is probably because I have managed to maintain a weight within the healthy bmi range despite my thinking patterns. Statistically most women who have recovered from anorexia do go on to regain their periods and are fully fertile.

    Are you managing to eat regularly and healthily? And are you a 'healthy' weight? I really wish you all the best, I know how difficult it is and hats off for wanting to be better.
    Yes i am a healthy weight now, and my bmi is also in the healthy range, and it has been like this for over a year and thanks
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I was anorexic when I was about 14 to about 16. Then I "swapped" to bulimia. I've been pretty much recovered since about 18 (with occasional relapses) and my periods have only just returned now I'm 23. Enjoy it while it lasts, because they are annoying!
    If you dont mind me asking were you at a stable weight between the ages of 18 and 23? Did you ever find out why it took so long for them to come back?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    If you dont mind me asking were you at a stable weight between the ages of 18 and 23? Did you ever find out why it took so long for them to come back?
    I was at a stable weight, but was slightly overweight. I had a few periods, but about one a year. It's only in the past few months that they've suddenly decided to be regular and once a month! It does take a long time for them to be regular again; mine is quite extreme but in a lot of cases it does take a year or more. You've been on the pill as well, and many women find that that alone messes up their periods for a while after.
 
 
 
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