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pwiggin
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I've noticed that the only time I have suicidal thoughts is the first day of my period. It hasn't ever gotten very far, but this last time I ended up harming myself (a very tiny cut--I didn't get very far before I realized what was going on). I want to take care of this before I get any farther.

Can my period really be causing suicidal thoughts? I also have had bad acne since I first got my period.

Do I need to talk to a doctor? If so, what kind? What can be done to fix it? Can I see a doctor without my parents knowing?

Thank you for your help! It's really been worrying me.

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Karybu
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The fluctuations in hormone levels that happen throughout the menstrual cycle can have all sorts of effects, and it's definitely possible for this to be linked to your period. Some people have serious depression or anxiety around their periods, others, like you, have suidicidal thoughts, and it's definitely something to talk to a doctor about.

Have you ever had a gyn exam before? If not, that would be a good place to start. Depending on where you are, you might see a general physician for that, or a gynecologist, or we can help you find a sexual health clinic in your area. If you want to let us know where you are, either here or via email (I'm at karynATscarleteenDOTcom), we can help you find a healthcare provider.

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Thank you!

What happens in a gyn exam, exactly? My health teacher made such appointments sound unpleasant.

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Robin Lee
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Here's an article all about gyn visits.

Your First Gynecologist Visit

How about you look this over then we can discuss any questions and concerns you have in detail. [Smile]

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That answers all of my questions, actually! Thank you so much!
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You're most welcome. [Smile]

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