Absent periods

This occurs when a girl hasn’t had her first menstrual period by age 16 or when a woman fails to menstruate for 3 to 6 months.

What are the causes of absent periods?

Pregnancy: This is the most common reason periods may stop so if you are sexually active, even if you have never menstruated before, it is important to first carry out a pregnancy test to check for pregnancy.

Stress: This can be either physical or emotional stress and can include problems like exercising excessively.

Weight gain or loss: Sudden excessive weight gain or loss has the potential of causing absent or irregular menses. If your change in weight is deliberate then adjustments can be made. If it cannot be explained it might be useful to see a doctor.

Medical conditions such polycystic ovarian syndrome or thyroid problems can be a cause of absent menses

Contraceptive (Birth control) Medication If you taking birth control medication of any type, this could result in irregular or absent menses.

When should I see a doctor?

You should consult your doctor if you have not had your periods in the last 3 months and you are not pregnant or breastfeeding.

You should also see your doctor if you are 16 years old and haven’t had any periods yet.

What will the doctor do?

First as with most visits to the doctor, they will ask you certain questions related to your health and lifestyle. They may carry out some examinations and tests to find the cause and they may refer you to a specialist if they feel there is an underlying cause that requires specialist treatment.