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Will I ever be able to get pregnant?

I'm not sure this is the correct community to ask, if it's not, please let me know which is best!
So, I'm 20 years old, but I haven't had a period since I was 16 or 17 years old, and I've never had irregular periods. I had been on birth control to help with cramps and terrible mood swings for a couple of years prior, but I stopped taking them for some reason I can't remember. About a month or two of being off of them, I realized I hadn't started a period since. I knew I wasn't pregnant, because I had never had sex, so I went to my general care doctor since he prescribed them, and talked to him about it. He must have said something along the lines of my period should be happening because nothing was wrong with me, because I remember asking why I wasn't having one of things were fine. I don't even know what tests, if any, were done. I wasn't referred to an ob/gyn or anything. After the appointment, I don't remember being told to make another appointment, or make one with an ob, or anything. So I waited. I waited months, even years. By the time I was 19, I still hadn't had a period, and had been put on share of cost and was losing access to my medications because I couldn't afford them, so I had just finished my last prescription of my last medication; Zoloft. About 2-3 weeks after taking my last pill, I noticed a few small amounts of light blood, and thought I was getting my period in the next couple days. But that didn't happen. The spotting stopped, and a year later, I still haven't had one.
My question, finally, is, if I was ever able to go to a doctor and fix whatever was wrong, if something is wrong, or just randomly started getting them again, would it affect my ability to get pregnant later on?
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Zoloft shouldn't stop you from having a period.  That would more likely be hormonal.  I'd ask for a full hormone panel to be done.  And you may need to go back on the pill to 'kick start' your period.  They may need to add hormones to stimulate ovulation.  (you need to ovulate in order to have a period).  

I wouldn't worry about never having children.  Obviously no period is a problem when the time comes but our cycle will change over time.  I was very irregular. Then I had a thyroid issue in my twenties and I also only had periods every now and then.  Then I regulated and had two kids.  I've been regular until just recently and am having some irregularities again.  It's been a journey.  lol.  

So, I wouldn't worry about pregnancy down the road but you do want to have a period and make sure your hormones are in sync.  good luck
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Thank you! Unfortunately, I'm not sure when I will be able to see a doctor again. Hopefully it will be some time soon, though.
How are things going?  Wanted to check in on you for an update.
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Hi dear. You should have a proper check at expert's. When time comes and you'll be ready to ttc, then be sure, your fertility expert will want you to pass LOADS of tests to evaluate your fertility. If not then at the first appointment the doctor reviews your medical history; assesses your general health; arranges initial tests and investigations for you and your partner. Depending on the level of testing already performed, the fertility specialist may order further tests. For men, a blood test for hepatitis B and C, HIV and semen analysis are all routinely conducted. Pre-pregnancy screening for some genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis is available too. Other diagnostic tests may include some or all of the following: Rubella immunity (German measles), Chicken pox, Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Full blood count, checking your blood group, thyroid status and Current pap smear. Vaginal ultrasound to check for fibroids, polyps, ovarian cysts, and to act as a ‘baseline’ for reference during your treatment.
Tests for men usually include: HIV, Hepatitis B and C. Semen analysis to check for antibodies and any possible infection. Once they have the results of these tests, the fertility specialist will meet with you again to explain in detail your recommended treatment plan.
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