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i am 20 years old & i have had regular periods for the past 4 years. this month, when it came time for my period, i have just been experiencing very light brown & pink discharge for the past three days. this is very abnormal for me - i normally have a heavy period the first two or three days & then this sort of light discharge the last two or three days. it's extremely unlikely that i could be pregnant, so i don't think that's the cause of this.

i'm 5 feet tall & weigh about 85lbs., so i'm technically underweight. i eat about 800 calories a day. i read that malnutrition could have an affect on your period. could that be the case for me? but i have weighed less than this & still got my period normally.

is there anything else that could cause it?

thank you!

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Period issues or not, 800 calories is SO not enough for anyone to be eating in a day, especially when you're younger. Honestly, you should probably be eating around 1,000 more a day. Are you eating disordered, or is this economic?

When malnutrition causes menstrual issues, you'll usually be skipping periods. However, it certainly could result in not ovulating, too, which can limit how much lining you build up in a month, and thus, how much -- or how little -- you shed. Understand too that the effects of disordered eating or starvation diets aren't always short-term. Some of them will take some time to appear and become more serious.

But you can also have that happen just due to occasional hormonal shifts, and having a lighter period one month isn't necessarily a sign that anything is wrong.

However, sounds like you could stand a visit to your general doc about your body and eating habits regardless, so you can certainly let them in on this occurrence when you do that.

[ 03-15-2008, 02:47 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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