When your period is late, the first thing that comes to your mind is that you may be pregnant.

But then you get a test and you are not pregnant. One month passes, another one goes and you still don’t have your periods. In short, it’s like your periods have stopped. Others will even go for up to five months without their periods.

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If you have missed your periods for three consecutive months, the condition is known as amenorrhea. Some reasons why your periods might have stopped include:

1. Contraceptives

Different types of birth control behave differently on different women. There are women who stop receiving their periods after they start using contraceptives. And even after they stop using the contraceptives, some still take time to have their periods. The body may still require some time to adjust and ovulate.

2. Premature menopause

Normally, menopause begins at around 50 years. However, sometimes menopause kicks in as early as at 40 years. So if your doctor has already ruled out any medical conditions, then your menopause might have come earlier.

3. Polycystic ovarian syndrome

This condition, which is one of the leading causes of infertility in women may also affect your menstrual cycle and cause your periods to stop for some months. It’s a hormonal imbalance condition that prevents the egg from maturing, hence no ovulation nor periods. Although PCOS has no cure, you can manage it through a healthy lifestyle. If you are having acne, strange hairs on your face and chest or gaining weight rapidly, your doctor will perform a pelvic test, blood test and an ultrasound to diagnose PCOS.

4. Your thyroid has problems

The thyroid gland controls metabolism and also produces hormones. If it’s overactive or under active, the menstrual cycle may be affected. It may stop you from ovulating hence no periods and it may also affect your fertility.

5. Medications

Certain medications affect your hormones thus halting your periods for some months. Some medications that stop the periods include; chemotherapy, antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, antipsychotics and allergy medications.

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