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Irregular Period? It Could Be More Than Just Stress

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, May 13, 2018 | 1 comments

Image: Irregular Period - It Could Be More Than Just Stress
Dr. Nelson is researching a treatment for primary
ovarian insufficiency. Michael Spencer, NIH
When a young woman's menstrual periods get out of whack — extra-long, extra-short or intermittent — she may just chalk it up to stress and ignore it.

To even out monthly cycles, doctors often prescribe birth control pills, without doing much of an evaluation first.

But both those approaches are a mistake, says gynecologist Lawrence Nelson, of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Nelson studies primary ovarian insufficiency, a disruption in reproductive hormones that affects 1 in 100 women by age 40.

His research has shown that POI greatly reduces fertility, impairs bone health and often goes undiagnosed for years.


Image: Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life, by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs. Publisher: iUniverse Publishing (July 13, 2011)Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life
by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs

-- In 1996, Dr. Richard Paulson assisted a 63-year-old woman to conceive using in vitro fertilization with a donor egg, and she became the oldest woman in the world to give birth.

This incredible example of how assisted reproductive technologies, or ART, can change the course of nature, raises tough biological, emotional, and ethical issues.

Rewinding Your Biological Clock is a unique exploration of each of these issues, especially the how-to of peri- and post-menopausal pregnancy.

Written by a leading fertility specialist and a health educator, this original and daring book rethinks society's most fundamental beliefs about motherhood, aging, and life itself.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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  1. I totally agree about early intervention. When I started having irregular periods, I sought medical help right away. So by the time I wanted to get pregnant, it really didn't take too long for me to conceive. I know that its a case to case basis, and I totally understand how many others are feeling after a failed treatment.

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