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I have been having my period every two weeks for a month and a half. I am really scared that something is wrong. I am 16 and have had regular periods for 5 years. I just became sexually active and I am scared that it is a STD. I have always been safe, except for once. Nothing else is irregular though. My doctor thinks it might be because I don't eat red meat. Can anyone help me?
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Ick. You have my sympathies. I've had problems with irregular and heavy periods all my life, even before I became sexually active.

A lot of things can cause irregular periods, and I really couldn't tell you which one you've got, since I"m not a doctor. Your regular doctor's suggestion that you're not eating red meat might have to do with his/her concern that you could be anemic, but that might not be the cause.

I would say, though, that the best thing to do would be to visit a gynecologist, since they specialize in treating things like this. It's very likely that they'll be able to figure out what's wrong and to get you some treatment.(They fixed mine by putting me on the pill for a while, but there are other options depending on what the problem is.)

It's important to be honest with your doctors about your sexual history, and to get an STD screen, even if it turns out not to be what's causing your problem. Without complete information about you, your doctors might miss important things that will help keep you healthy.

I tend to get nervous and embarrassed when talking to my doctor about things like that, but over time, as I've done it more, it's gotten to be no big deal. However, I'm also over 18 and paying my own health insurance, so I don't have the added issue of dealing with my parents, too.

good luck!

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i had the same problem. my periods were less than 3 weeks apart and they lasted 2 weeks at a time. go to your doctor, tell him/her what's up. he/she'll probably prescribe birth control pills to regulate your cycle.

if you get the molasses, i'll set up the trampoline.

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I enthusiastically agree -- go see a doctor. If your current doctor thinks your menstrual cycle is disrupted because you eat red meat, fire your doctor, because that's a pretty lazy (and kind of flaky) answer. If this doctor *is* your gynecologist, ask to be referred to a reproductive endocrinologist. Telling you it's being caused by what you eat, without testing for a cause/causes, does not constitute adequate care.

It is not usually a normal thing for a woman to menstruate every two weeks, particularly not after she has had a regular (monthly) cycle for some time. Any major shift in menstrual cycle should be thoroughly checked out by a qualified professional.

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I was like you are now, I would have my period for like 25 days at a time, then I wouldn't have it for 5 days, then I would have it for 25 days or so again... NOT normal, it is supposed to be the oposite way. Anyways, I thought well, since i just started getting it, it will take a while to get regular. Boy oh boy was I wrong. It just kept up like that for a loooooong time (like a year) anyways, I started passing out, slept all the time, and had other symptoms. Eventually, I ended up in the ER with horrible stomach pains that would not go away no matter what I did. The did all sorts of blood tests it turns out that I was SEVERLY anemic. My haemoglobin should have been 120-140 but it was 57 because of the amount of blood loss. I was put on BC pills and Oral Iron Pills and 6 months later, I am ALMOST better. Go to the doc and discuss this, you don't want to end up like I did. Believe me!!!
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