I am 17 years old but I have still not started menstruating. My friends got their period when they were 13 or 14 but I feel like I am very late. I am a healthy girl who exercises regularly and follows a good diet. Do you think there is something wrong with me
It is not necessarily abnormal. Sometimes a girl may start her period later than average. However, it is possible that the delay in menstruation indicates some serious health problem as it may be due to disorder of genes and chromosome. Sometimes diseases in the brain, or tumors in gland or disorder like PCOS can cause hormonal imbalance. Sometimes physical defects such as birth defect, tumors or infection in uterus occurred after birth also cause late start of menstruation. Obesity and eating disorder or lifestyle problems such as excessive exercise, mental or emotional and physical stress can also cause late period. However, I recommend you to not worry too much. It could be entirely normal. First thing you need to do is consult a gynecologist and do needful tests to rule out the other causes. If all reports are normal, you don’t need to worry.