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4 Reasons Why Your Period Has Stopped – Apart From Pregnancy

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4 Reasons Why Your Period Has Stopped – Apart From Pregnancy

Absent periods are quite common with an estimated 1 in 25 women affected at some point in their lives. Obviously pregnancy is the first thought that springs to mind when your period stops, but if you’ve done a test and it’s negative, there are other factors that might be to blame.

Your age

“Periods usually tend to become lighter with longer cycle length closer to menopause when they completely stop around an average age of 50 to 51,” says Kavita Singh, Consultant Gynaecologist at BMI The Priory Hospital in Birmingham.

If you’re younger than that, it could still be your menopause that’s causing your periods to stop. A recent study from Imperial College London suggests as many as 1 in 16 women may experience their periods ending due to premature menopause.

Your contraception

“Periods can also stop secondary to the contraception usage like Mirena, hormonal injections or implants,” reassures Kavita.

The contraceptive injection for example has been reported to affect as many as 7 out of 10 women, who all reported their periods stopping for up to a year after they’d had the injection.

Once you stop the method of contraception, your periods should return to normal, although occasionally problems can persist for a few months afterwards.

Your circumstances

If you’re periods have always been fine and are suddenly absent, take a look at your life as certain factors can cause your periods to stop.

For example, if you’ve just had a baby, it may take a while for your periods to get back to normal. “It is normal for women who are breast feeding to get no periods, which usually resume after stoppage of breast feeding,” says Kavita.

Other lifestyle factors that could lead to absent periods include stress, extreme weight loss or over exercising.

An underlying medical condition

Sometimes a missing period does indicate that something else is wrong.

“Periods can stop because of hormone imbalance like in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) where menstrual periods can become very infrequent, occurring every 2-3 months or become absent,” says Kavita.

Other symptoms of PCOS include weight gain, acne and excessive facial hair so if you suspect this is the cause of your absent period, make an appointment with your GP.

Thyroid conditions – both overactive and underactive thyroid – can also cause your periods to stop, while very rarely a lack of periods can point to something a little more serious.

“Rarely periods can stop secondary to hormone producing tumours of the ovary,” advises Kavita.

If you are on medication for other conditions, this can also cause a pause in your periods. Antidepressants, anti-sickness medications, as well as some medications for high blood pressure have been found to cause periods to stop.


If your period has not arrived when you expected it to, you may just be late.  Read our article detailing 10 reasons you why your period is late.

If you haven’t had a period for more than 6 months, it’s definitely worth paying a visit to your doctor, and dependent on what they think, they may then refer you to a specialist.

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  1. Shan says:

    My period was too late this month almost 10days late I don’t know what to do this is my first experience that my period got late. Can u advice me ty!

  2. fathimath says:

    After I had bells palsy I stop my periods I want get regular periods

  3. jazz kilen says:

    My periods hv been delay for past 6 months .
    Acctually i had taken unwanted pills twice..
    I dont know why my periods hv stopped.
    Pls suggest me some tips to regular my periods..

  4. hobie says:

    my period is just okay..but the blood is not really come out really well..at first it was a lot and then there is nothing much..but after 2 day it just back to normal..can give some advice please!!??

  5. kisu says:

    I dnt hv my period for about a year now, i hv been to hospital nd i hv been given medications but still is not coming so pls what should i do, or is normal

  6. jennifer williams says:

    Hi i had my periode on November 28 , 2016 and me and my husband had unpertected sex with my periode on november 29, 2016 and then on november 30 , 2016 I still had my periode and it was slowing down in the afternoon and then on December 1, 2016 my periode is done douse that mean I’m pregnant I know it’s to earley to know but I don’t know why my periode had stoped.

  7. Neetu says:

    I have missed my periods 2 times and I m not pregnant I m very dipress as I’m not married yet. This my first time that I have missed my periods. Please help me out.

  8. Vidya says:

    Iam 45 yers. My period has been stopped.intimate reasons

  9. peace or says:

    I have done two pregnancy test but its negative, but my period did not come sins last month

  10. Eloka says:

    Since January my period has been ceased i want a regular period as it also determine baby/ pregnancy chances

  11. warddy says:

    my period was stopped before two and half month, I did a pragency test also but the result is negative please suggest me what I have to do….?????

  12. jenevieve says:

    Im 12 but i havent had my period for 4 months taking out the other options which are impossible could it really be a medical conditio?im worried

  13. kaitlyn green says:

    I started my period on Tues…And it’s stopped on Friday..And I usually go into the following week maybe even end after the weekend and now I think it’s stopped…Is something wrong?or is that normal?

  14. Pradeep Kumar says:

    I have 2.5 years child. My wife weight about 75kg. Period cycle unbalanced.

  15. Ehi says:

    I am trying to get pregnant. But I am late for 17 days. I did test and it’s negative. What advice can you give me. Thanks

  16. nambile rasiael says:

    Hi i had ma periods last months but suddenly this month of december it came out a little bit then stopped a suddenly but i had all signs of period. What could be my problem

  17. Kay says:

    I have seen my period 2 times for November and now December it must come the 27 of the month can you tell what could wrong or what should I do

  18. Fm says:

    After3mnths of delivery my periods were back n ve been regular for 3more months….all over sudden they ve stopped…wat can it be??

  19. Kiki says:

    My period came last month on the 18 and did not come this month at all I’m worried does that mean there is something wrong in my body

  20. kadijat Abdullateef says:

    My period stop for like four months without pregnancy then later came for one month and stopped again please i need a treatment advice

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Hi my last period was last november 28,2016,but until now i dont have my period yet,but i had brown spotting december 17-22,2016,i had tried hpt last december 29,2016 and january2,2017 but still negative,what was happening to me,this is unusual because im always having period montly,im not taking anything,im trying to get pregnant 2 1/2 yeras from now,please i need some piece of advice,im praying that this is pregnancy matters already

  22. Shalunda Lumpkin says:

    My cycle is now 15 days late it’s never been this late. My tubes are tied but I still took a pregnancy test it was negative!!! If I’m stressed I’ve experienced maybe 4 days late but never this long. I don’t think it’s my Thyroids because I’ve had them for years. So I’m just looking for sum answers. I’ve already scheduled an appointment for next week.

  23. sirjana says:

    it is frst time my period has too late today is 9 days

  24. Aileen says:

    I’m moody, sad, depressed since my periods stopped. Should i be taking hrt

  25. Stephanie says:

    I have 24 years my period has 5 days late my period come on December 22 I did sex 12 January my period always come every 22 a month for January 22 I not seen my period I buy two pregnancy test it’s negative what can I do.

  26. Jackie says:

    i had periods for one day and when the stopped,
    My breasts increased and i feel alot of pain in both.
    What could be the problem?

  27. Joanne says:

    I started my period when i was 10 years old and am now 41 years old. So what age should my periods stop.

    Does having a sore upper chest all the time and going to the doctor about it who ran tests on my chest but no explenation for it mean my body is going into menspuse so my periods stopped as not had a period now since early december.

  28. karen westfallen says:

    Hi i am 44 yrs old and I haven’t had a period for 2 yrs. Thay just one day stopped it’s as if I never had them, i am getting really worried could anyone help me. Karen

  29. Anna Oluwabunmi says:

    My period stopped for five months last year, so I did a pelvic scan impression: Sonographic features are suggestive of left polycystic ovary. I took some pills and thereafter its flows for three months but two months now it stop again. Please what should I do.

  30. connie says:

    i have missed my period for three months hence am not pregnant but i have been using emergency pill to prevent pregnancy . what could be the cause [am 25 years ]

  31. Joanne Mcdonald says:

    My daughter has not had a period for about 2.3 month she is only 16 going on 17 but she didn’t have her first period till she was 16 anyway why have they stopped

  32. Yoohee says:

    Hi, my period was stoped since november last year.. last of the week. I dnt know what to do. Pls help me. Untill now my period didn’t resume. Its almost 4months. Thanks.

  33. Tamanna parveen says:

    Hi…. i am a girl of 17 years old……I have no pariod date…. it is uncertain ….bt till now my peroid is stopped in only February …i am not pregnant ..
    so what is the reason of my lossing periods???

  34. Mitali chatterjee says:

    I am 50 years. I always had regular periods.One month before my 50th birthday I had a 10 days delayed period and again it became normal. I had my last menstrual cycle on 23rd December. It is 17th February and I still didn’t get my periods. I am feeling bloated and very uncomfortable. Kindly tell is it a menopause?

  35. parveen akhtar says:

    hi my period was too late this month almost 10 days late i don’t know what to do this is my first experience my period got late,can you advise me ? i’m so upset

  36. marvis ifunanya says:

    what of after medical diagnosis and drug prescription and treatment of infection yet no signs for 2months plus now. instead i get abdominal pain and disorder. what should i do.

  37. Oloreneye Olawunmi says:

    My period have been delay for past 6 month wht do I do

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