D.W. asks from Aubrey, TX on October 28, 2010
Female Teen Hormones/Lack of Concentration
I took my 16 year old daughter to the gynocologist for frequent periods. She is an athlete and as expected has very little body fat. Rather than having no periods, she has periods every two weeks or less. After a brief discussion and asking a few questions, she was given a blood test to check for iron deficiency (the test indicated that her iron count was fine.) The solution offered was birth control pills. Other symptoms besides the frequent periods are lack of concentration, inability to remember things, dizziness, and mild fatigue. These symptoms were brought up during the appointment but we really go no feedback. After the blood test came back showing a normal iron count we were told that the fatigue really wasn't related to the frequent periods. This is affecting her grades and her overall quality of life. I am frustrated at the seeming lack of concern for these other symptoms.
Has anyone had a similar expierience and are these normal symptoms of something that can be corrected with birth control?
S.V. answers from Dallas on November 04, 2010
I agree with the others about it possibly being more than one issue. My daughter had a similar period problem, and 4 months on birth control pills helped her body to regulate it. She has had a normal period without birth control pills ever since.
C.C. answers from Dallas on October 29, 2010
Get a second opinion. I'm not fond of doctors who just prescribe meds without doing a deeper analysis of the possible causes. I'm a 42 year old woman whose periods changed significantly this past year. My ob/gyn was very thorough in testing for all sorts of possible causes (fibroids, cysts, cancer, hormonal imbalances, pre-menopausal, etc). And while these conditions are much more common to women my age vs. a teenager (especially being pre-menopausal!) it doesn't mean it's not possible. Thankfully none of these issues caused my menstrual changes . . . so now we're taking the wait and see approach and to document my menstrual activities. But in the meantime she told me to take a daily multivitamin because the extra blood loss could make me feel more tired than usual. And after a few months we'll evaluate the data and go from there . . . again, she wasn't looking to just give me hormones to "fix" the problem.
A.F. answers from Chicago on October 28, 2010
I would think possibly thyroid, hormone imbalance, or sugar levels being off (some sort of glycemia). Take her to her general family doc (or if she is still with a pediatrician, switch to an internist or general family practice) and ask about those kinds of tests. They might be able to order the tests with a lab, draw them themselves or send her to an endicronologist for screening. Whatever it is, better to figure it out now. The frequent periods must SUCK though! I hope things level out for her!
Hugs and Best wishes!
P.S. answers from Dallas on October 29, 2010
have them run a mono test too just to rule it out. just because her iron is not low does not mean the periods are not causing the problem. if her periods are heavy, the loss of blood can cause dizziness and fatigue. i would seek a second opinion.
S.M. answers from Dallas on October 29, 2010
I'm not a fan of BC... especially for young girls... the overall and long term affects are not good, if possible I would avoid them. I do understand why the Dr did this, it is pretty standard procedure for main stream medicine to give drugs as a band aid to a problem, but if it were me I'd want to get to the bottom of it, if she is having periods that frequently there is a hormone issue, go see a different Dr. and ask lots of questions, et them know you don't want to just try BC without knowing why her hormones are not working they way they should... also get a book by Mary J Shomon about Hormones, she has several, just see which title is best for your situation, ( I read her book about Menopause) she knows what she is talking about! it may help you find answers to what is going on as well as give some very good dietary suggestions to support good hormone health.
K.U. answers from Dallas on October 29, 2010
I am 27 now, but experienced similar symptoms about 6 years ago. I also tried several different birth control pills that all seemed to make me feel worse! My solution ended up being Thyroid medication and stress reduction. Hope she gets better soon!
J.K. answers from Phoenix on October 28, 2010
From my experience, BCP will most likely make her cycles more regular but make her other symptoms worse or add new symptoms. Doctors will treat symptoms with meds but not necessarily get to the reason behind the symptoms. If you know any alternative doctors that you trust, I'd see him/her. I also have thyroid disease that causes all of the symptoms you described. I've also had a hormone imbalance that caused this too. Good luck!!
C.H. answers from Dallas on October 29, 2010
I might dump this doctor and try another. (BTW, was she tested for the obvious: anemia?)
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K.S. answers from Chicago on October 28, 2010
My niece who was 15 had the same issue she is now 17. They told us to do the birth control and we all said nope not going to happen (who wants to give a teenager a free pass to sex?) lol but no on the more serious side we didn't want her to have the responsibility or the need to take a pill everyday (due to medical reasons of her past). When the symptoms got stronger and the dizziness and fatigue got too much (she was passing out at her soccer games on the field and forgetting convo's she had an hour ago and certain times and dates she knew all her life.) we caved and did the birth control. after about 4 months on the birth control she started cramping and we wanted her off it. They suggested trying other birth control. We said nope changed her diet and she's seeing a nutrition specialist and doing great! what it all boiled down to was even tho she was eating good (mostly) it was the portioning that was off too much or too little of certain things. she's doing great now and a happy and healthy teenager..
P.S. My niece was also going thru other stresses that once in a while she has to deal with (court dates of an abusive ex boyfriend) tho the situation itself is in the past she still has follow up court dates for harassment and protection orders being broken and what not. When these things come up she will get stressed and upset and her monthly cycle does get a tad bit off schedule...
Hope this helps sorry I couldn't be of more help. Good luck to you and your daughter...
A.W. answers from Amarillo on October 29, 2010
I would recommend taking her to a Natropath. It could be something deeper nutritionally, like selenium or other mineral deficiency. A Natropath doctor will look at the whole picture, and comeup with a holistic treatment plan, not just write a script for birth control or some other med that could be harmful for a child. Hope that helps!