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Missed period for 4 months! Definitely not pregnant. Symptoms of something else?

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Question - (20 April 2008) 8 Answers - (Newest, 28 February 2009)
A female United States age 30-35, anonymous writes:

I am 24 years old, and I have one child that is a year and a half old. I haven't gotten my period since the end of December (It's now April) and I have taken 5 pregnancy tests over the course of the last few months, 4 at home one at the Dr's office and all have been negative. So I doubt I am pregnant, but I am concerned nonetheless. What could this be a symptom of? Thanks for any information you can help me with!

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A reader, anonymous, writes (28 February 2009):

i have missed my periods for about five months now im not pregnant whats going on should i be worrying about this

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A female reader, Captain~Obvious United States +, writes (15 November 2008):

I have been having the same problem, I have been trying to get pregnant and my periods have been coming and going out of whack.

My doctor said that it was called Secondary Amenorrhoea,

"The Cessation of a period once established. Causes include Hormonal Imbalance, Depression, or some traumatic Life event".

He Recommended a pill to bring on my period to get it regulated, He also told me that some birth controls can regulate your period.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (11 May 2008):

I am having the same problem! I have had alot of stress I hope that is all it is!

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (22 April 2008):

I am 24 yrs old 1/child. I have not had my period in over 3 months either but I know it's because I have recently gained a lot of weight, I know my body enough it's happened before and my doctor advised me to diet/exercise to resolve the problem.

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A female reader, birdynumnums Canada +, writes (21 April 2008):

birdynumnums agony auntYou should see a specialist, either a OB/GYN or an Endocrinologist. If you are on the pill, it could be suppressing your normal cycle, BUT so could stress, so could a recent birth or breast feeding, so could being underweight! None of us are qualified Doctors, so get a referral and get to a specialist to put your mind at ease. Women's bodies have so many different variations of "Normal". Not every body functions like clockwork, all the time, so rest assured, you probably are in a temporary state of flux. I'm sure the Doctor will be able to figure out why everything is a bit off kilter for you currently, and it's all within YOUR normal range.

In my early womanhood, my cycle was anywhere from 26 days to 90 days, so not very regular. I was on the pill for years, and then came off of it suddenly. I had milk in my breasts, even though I had never been pregnant and wasn't pregnant at the time. It was stress related.

Many women stop ovulating if they are underweight. It is a normal survival technique and many nomadic tribal women stop ovulating if they do not have an abundance of food. Athletes often stop having periods because of low body fat. There are far more reasons why you could be without your period, but I would press your Doctor to do enough tests to provide you with an answer. You have been in the dark and worrying for long enough!

Keep a constant journal of all of your bodies changes, spotting, periods and whatever their length of duration, etc. It will help if you do this throughout your life. It will also help you eventually figure out when you are going through peri-menopause, and this will be harder to figure out without an accurate record. Your Doctor will be able to make decisions for you based on what you are recording, and it's helpful to determine fertile days to get pregnant in the future, or determine your due date when you become pregnant. Best of luck with everything!

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A reader, anonymous, writes (21 April 2008):

I had them symptom and mine were stress related. My periods went haywire for ages until things in my life settled down. Go along and discuss all of this with your doctor.

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A female reader, LoveObsession United Kingdom +, writes (20 April 2008):

LoveObsession agony auntthis could just be stress. loss of periods happens can happen when a woman is upset, stressed or anxious about something. i missed a period when my exam prelims were coming up. dont worry about it, just think if anythings been worrying you recently.

Best of luck xO

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A female reader, Country Woman United Kingdom +, writes (20 April 2008):

Country Woman agony auntHas your doctor suggested any tests at all or have you discussed your fears with him/her?

Periods can go wacky if you are stressed out or travel a lot I know but generally this is due to ovaries and I would get your doctor to check out your hormone levels etc or estrogen in your body as something could be upsetting your ovaries from ovulating each month.

Have you had any other body changes at all, gaining weight or sensitivity in the breasts or pain in your body anywhere? Anything around the abdomen or hip area?

There could be a million and one reasons for this to happen but I would certainly be asking my doctor for some answers as your cycle is all out and there must be some explanation.

Are you on any contraceptive pill or any form of contraception right now such as the coil or anything?

Here to help if I can.


Country Woman

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