How to Get Your Period Back

on May 19, 2013

by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN

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Once you stop taking your birth control pill, it will take some time for your period to return. Of course this can be daunting and disconcerting but you shouldn't worry. You will get your period back eventually.

When you take birth control measures such as birth control pills, you ensure that you don’t get pregnant. Of course there are slight chances of getting pregnant still but pills are highly effective and you can indeed rely on them. Getting pregnant while on pills is rare. Once you stop taking your pills because you want to get pregnant, you will first have to deal with a few side effects. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Side Effects of Stopping Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills contain synthetic hormones. This means that your body is used to additional estrogen. Changes at the hormonal level are usually severe. When you stop taking the pills, your body will experience a sudden imbalance in the hormones and coming back to normal or in other words, adjusting to the absence of the synthetic estrogen can take time. The pituitary gland will start working again and the hormones that were suppressed until now will start being produced again. Thus, you will see a few side effects. One of the most common side effects is the absence of period.

The Absence of Period

Once you stop taking your birth control pill, it will take some time for your period to return. Of course this can be daunting and disconcerting but you shouldn’t worry. You will get your period back eventually and your body will be completely normal, ready to get pregnant. Getting your period back is as straightforward as it can be. What should you do on your part to ensure that it is back?


Yes, wait. Wait for your body to bounce back. Wait for your body to adjust to the sudden hormonal changes and start producing all the hormones required to get pregnant. Give your body the time it needs to come back to normal. Every woman is different. For some women, the period is back within a month or six weeks tops. For other women, it can take longer. Your body may even take three months to be normal. Be very patient. Your cycles will return.

Take a Pregnancy Test

May be you are pregnant already? May be that is why you are not getting your period? Check for signs of pregnancy and take a pregnancy test. Maybe your body came back to normal pretty quickly and you are already pregnant! Yes, there are chances of this happening and thus, you should check whether you are pregnant to rule out any worries and to start preparing yourself if you indeed are pregnant. This advice is for especially those couples that are very active sexually.

Talk to your doctor

If you are not pregnant, your period should be back within six months. Six months is the upper limit. If you don’t get your period by then, maybe there is a medical condition that you are suffering from. Maybe there is another problem. To confirm that you are fine, you might want to consider going to the doctor once and having a checkup.

Induce ovulation

If there is no medical problem and you still aren’t getting your period, your doctor might suggest ways to induce ovulation. Talk to your doctor about each way so that you know what the pros and cons are. Once you are aware of those, making a decision will be easier for you.

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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.

  • Janelle

    Hi! I’m curious as to if this applies to any duration of taking the pill. I took 2, I kept forgetting so I thought I’d wait until my next cycle and try a different method. I’m now 6 days late, but have all the symptoms of menstruation/pregnancy. Had unprotected sex, but all the at home tests are negative.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    The Pill works about 99% if taken correctly. Since you have stopped taking it and have been having unprotected sex, you may be get pregnant. Take another test two weeks after your missed period date for reliable results. You may be pregnant but got a negative result when you took the test the first time because it was too early. Also, take the test first thing in the morning as your first morning urine contains the highest concentration of hCG (the pregnancy hormone).

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  • isabel

    I wanted to know what the best thing to take if i have irregular periods to get my regular period every month

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