Causes of Absent Period

Causes of Absent Period

Not having a period can be a real pain in the neck if you are trying to conceive. Ovulation is tied to your period, and it’s all related. If you are trying to conceive, not having your period can make it really hard to know if and when you are ovulating. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

In fact, you might not be ovulating at all. It can wreak havoc on the woman who is trying to conceive. The lack of having a period is known as amenorrhea. There are two types of amenorrhea: primary and secondary. Primary amenorrhea is when a teen girl or young woman has not yet had her first period, by age 16.

Secondary amenorrhea is when a woman who has had regular periods stops having her period for three or more months in a row. Read on for more info on this topic, including reasons why women might have no periods.

Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Pregnancy is the most obvious reason that a woman would miss her period. Also, if a woman is breastfeeding, she will usually abstain from getting her period until she stops breastfeeding. These reasons are very obvious, and if a woman misses her period due to pregnancy or breastfeeding, chances are, she will know.

Exercise

Vigorous exercise and extreme weight loss can both contribute to amenorrhea. This is very true for female athletes who train extensively. Mostly women who have less than 15 percent body fat are women who have to worry about missing their periods due to this reason.

Emotional Trauma

Many people don’t realize this one: being exposed to emotional trauma or turmoil can also lead many women to experience absent periods. Going through a very stressful period can stop your period temporarily. Luckily, however, once the stressful period is over, women usually resume their periods shortly after.

Hormonal Problems

Hormonal issues are also a very common cause of absent periods. For example, if testosterone, the male hormone, reaches too high levels in women, it can cause their periods to stop. Estrogen levels that are too low can lead to amenorrhea, as can thyroid issues. Tumors on the pituitary gland can also cause women to miss their periods.

Structural Issues

Structural issues refer to issues with the actual reproductive system and it’s layout, and these issues can cause a lack of periods. For example, if a woman has extensive scar tissue from pelvic infections or D&C procedures, this can cause her periods to stop. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also known as PCOS, can cause cysts on the ovaries, and can lead to missed periods.

As you can see, there are many different issues that can lead to amenorrhea. If you have missed your periods for more than three months in a row, it is a good idea to make an appointment to see your doctor. He or she can help you figure out exactly what is causing your missed periods, and can help you get back on track.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).