Q. I am getting periods once in three months. Will it affect my fertility?

Answered by
Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 11, 2020

Hi doctor,

I am a 17-year-old female. I am not getting my periods regularly and they occur once every three months and sometimes even six months. I did not have sex ever still I am not getting my periods. I started getting my periods in my eighth grade, since then they have not been regular. Please do tell me the reason why am I not getting my periods regularly?

I consulted with two of the gynecologist. They prescribed me some medicines which were having very bad side effects on me. So I stopped taking them. I still had to know that will I be able to get my periods regularly like every month? And will it affect my future in any manner?

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Obstetrics And Gynaecology


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Do not worry, this is all normal. Now you are in a period of adolescence. Your hormonal levels are not fully mature. By around 20-21 years of age, you will have regular periods.

In a normal cycle, you should ovulate around the 14-15th day of periods. Always 14 days after ovulation you will get periods. In the initial few years, the hormones controlling this ovulation are not fully normal or mature, so you do not ovulate. So the bleeding which occurs every three to six months is not real periods. It may be light bleeding or heavy clots with pain or no pain at all.

I hope you have got thyroid profile and serum prolactin done (both in empty stomach, early morning sample). These hormones can affect ovulation. Even if not overweight try to reduce any mid-body obesity around waist, thighs, and breast. These fats can convert into hormones and affect ovulation.

Do not bother for a scan at this age. To control weight have regular aerobic exercise and brisk walking. Have regular dieting and high protein food. No fasting, no junk foods. Your weight should be height in cm -100 (for example: 156 cm - 100 = 56 kg). Do not worry about future problems.

I hope this helps.

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