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I got my period back?

I'm in recovery from anorexia and I just got my period back. I'm very confused as I'm still very very underweight and have only gained about a quarter of the weight I need to to be back where I was before.

Initially I was excited that it was back but now I kind of feel like I must be healthy and should therefore stop gaining weight.

Is it normal to get it back this early? Is it possible to be having your period while unhealthily underweight?

For me when I was underweight

For me when I was underweight I never lost my period. It was erratic though. Every body is different. If you have a treatment team I would go by what they say. They are there to get you better so they will know best.

Mabey you ought to make an appt with the Female Dr Specialist

Might you be spotting?



A lot of the questions you are asking could best be answered by a medical professional. None of us on here are doctors, so we cannot offer any solid information or solutions. I encourage you to contact the NEDA Helpline at 1-800-931-2237 (Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm and Friday, 9am-5pm) and visit for additional support and assistance finding resources in your area.

Congrats on your recovery and stay strong!

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