One of my most worrying symptoms which eventually led to my celiac diagnosis was a lack of period. I suffered from a whole bunch of different horrible symptoms leading up to my final diagnosis but this was the thing which concerned me the most and prompted me to find out what was wrong as soon as possible. I didn’t have my period for a whole year and I was not pregnant. It was a scary time because I knew that something was very wrong! Clearly this isn’t normal for a 26 year old woman.
At the time I had some people tell me that they wished that this would happen to them. Ridiculous! One doctor I spoke with about my lack of a period even told me that it was probably just because I ran a lot or because of stress and that I should get out and enjoy my life and stop worrying. I could hardly believe that this was the medical advice I was getting. No tests, just stop worrying about it because it’s probably nothing. Completely ridiculous! Not having your period for months at a time is serious and a sign that something is probably not right. I’m so glad that I didn’t give up and that I met with a number of better doctors until I finally found out why this was happening, or not happening, to me.
Amenorrhea is the medical term for if you have skipped three or more periods in a row and you’re not pregnant and it can be a symptom of undiagnosed celiac disease. Since my diagnosis I’ve done a lot of reading on this and it appears that many women suffer from this symptom when they have undiagnosed celiac disease.
Was amenorrhea one of the symptoms which led you to be diagnosed as celiac? Were your doctors more understanding than mine? Perhaps you are currently in a situation where you haven’t had your period in months and you’re trying to figure out what’s wrong. I’d love to hear your experiences on this subject..