August 11, 2016 at 4:03 AM #10504
Question from reader Megah
So I found your site and I really appreciate the natural approach that it
So I guess I will start off with my concern. Since I was young I have
suffered from chronic migraines. At one point I went in for tests on my
pituitary gland and according to my mom something was off (I am not sure
though. No one seems to remember). Fast forward to the summer before my
freshman year I got what appeared to be my period (there are only so many
reasons you bleed down there). I was excited and thought that this was
the start of my puberty and I was finally going to be a woman! I was
eager to develope like my peers. Well the period didn’t last more than a
day and I could barely use a small tampon. After that it didn’t come back
till about another six months I would say. Same story. Barely any
bleeding. I barely even remember the second time. I had started to
develope acne and I had this issue with irregularity, so my mother and I
went to an OBGYN and they had no problem putting me on Yaz birth control.
I am now 20 and on the Depo shot because I am sexually active, and I am
questioning the decision to put me on the pill at age 15. I was so early
in puberty. My mother didn’t get her period till her junior year of high
school and same goes for my younger sister. I had barely any development.
My younger sister is going through the normal changes now and I can’t
relate at all. I question if there was some hormonal issue and bc only
masked it. I am angry that my doctor did not look into my lifestyle (my
diet was awful. I was such a picky eater. Today I am better, but I now
struggle with my appetite). I still get my migraines, I honestly cannot
tell if my breasts are small or underdeveloped (small breasts run in the
family, but mine just don’t seem to be fully matured to me. Like I said,
my younger sister is a junior and finally developing and I can’t relate
to her breast growth at all), and I’ve always noticed that my fat
distribution is not like other women. It all goes to my stomach. I never
worry about things going to my hips or breasts. I’ve gone to my OBGYN
before about possibly a thyroid issue because I was fatigued and always
cold and because of my fat distribution, but apparently I was fine.
Well now I am going to a new doctor at Mayo. They are supposed to be the
best and they will want to start me on a clean slate. I don’t know how to
bring this issue up to my new doctor. It’s embarrassing and I’ve never
been taken seriously about my concern before. I’m very curious about my
breasts and puberty, but that’s an awkward question for me and I don’t
want them to think I want a medical excuse for having small breasts. I
really want to test to see if I have any type of hormonal issue, I just
don’t know how to go about it. I was hoping you could help me. Thank
As an update since writing this, I have decided to go off hormonal birth control and use the ParaGard IUD so I will have to see how that goes.
August 11, 2016 at 4:04 AM #10506
What you described doesn’t sound abnormal at all. Some women are late bloomers when it comes to development of breasts. Fat distribution is a very complex thing because there are so many factors that can affect it. Hormone levels, genetics, bone structure and certain disorders can impact where the body deposits fat. There is a chance that going on birth control and other commercial drugs could affect development of body parts such as breasts, however it is hard to say with certainty. The best thing would be to talk with your physician and be honest about your condition. The relationship with your doctor should be one of trust and openness, so don’t be afraid to let them know what your concerns are. While fat distribution can be fairly harmless, it could be a sign of an imbalance within the body. Hope that helps!
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