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Does Having Sex Before Starting Your Period Affect You In Any Way?

Published: December 31, 2008
Dear TeenHealthFX,
uhh..hi.i'm a 16 yr old girl, and and i was wondering if having sex before ever starting your period affects you in anyway.i did get my period for about six months.now i have about a year and a half without it.i did take bcp's and they didnt help really me. so my question is if i can still have sex.
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Dear Does Having Sex Before Starting Your Period Affect You In Any Way?,

 

TeenHealthFX understands from your question that you have a few concerns and questions, and we will go through those concerns and questions one at a time.

 

Your first question deals with possible problems related to having sex before the very first time you get your period (known as menarche). There are actually a number of risks to consider.  First, a female never knows when her first period is going to start for the very first time. Because of this, if a female has sex and it happens to be right before menarche, there is the possibility of getting pregnant – so the issue here is that you are taking a gamble and you have to consider whether it is worth the risk. Also, lots of studies have shown that females who have sexual intercourse before the age of 20 (whether a female has her period or not) increases one’s risk of developing cervical cancer later in life. In addition, there is always a risk of developing a sexually transmitted infection such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV, as STIs can be transmitted before, during, or after menarche. Finally, if a girl’s body is not physically mature yet, chances are that girl may not have the emotional maturity to handle all of the feelings that can up when it comes to having sex. So a person’s emotional state could be compromised as well when having sex at too young an age.

 

As for your concerns about not having your period for a year and a half, there are many reasons why a female can stop getting her period after she has had it regularly.  Some of these deal with being under or overweight, having lots of stress, getting enough nutrients, being pregnant, or fluctuations in certain hormones. Unfortunately, FX cannot diagnose over the web the reason why you stopped getting your period, so we strongly suggest you see your primary care physician, adolescent medicine specialist, or gynecologist.  Your doctor will be able to ask you more detailed questions, perform various exams, and also order some simple blood work to find out why you stopped getting your period.  In the mean time, FX recommends that you abstain from sex until you see a doctor – and reminds you to always practice safer sex any time you are sexually active with another person. You can also talk to your doctor about how to best protect yourself from unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs.

 

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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