absent periods

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or absent periods may occur form a wide variety of reasons. It may be because you are not ovulating or because you are menopausal or because you have underlying medical problems that interfere with normal menstrual cycle (eg, thyroid). In some cases it may be anatomic like a congenital or developmental problem that may require surgical correction.
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Dr. Sean T. Canale answered:

Causes of absent periods at 50?

Menopause

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This is likely your normal menopause.
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Dr. Timothy Brown answered:

Can birth control cause absent periods?

Yes

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Your periods on the birth control pill are artificially brought on by discontinuing the pill for a short time each month. If there is little build up of the lining of your uterus the rest of the month, there will be little or no bleeding. This is more likely to happen when you have been on the pill for a while. No bleeding does not mean things are "backing up".
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Dr. Kathleen Hands answered:

What are the usual reasons for absent periods?

Pregnancy most commo

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If Pregnancy ruled out possible early menopause, hormone imbalance possible prolactin excess, sometimes PCOS poly cystic ovaries can cause periods to skip. If more than 3 months an evaluation is necessary
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Dr. Alan H. Ali answered:

Do absent periods have to do with eating less?

Period

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Eating disorders such as anorexia can present with this.
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Can antidepressants make absent periods come on?

Maybe

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Antidepressant medication are know to affect menstrual cycles rather than regulate them. However, if the treatment results in weight loss, you may restore your regularity by returning to your normal weight. Regardless of your medication, menstrual loss or irregularities should be evaluated.
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Dr. Nika Ferdowsi answered:

Anyone get irregular or absent periods from anxiety?

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Yes, high stress and anxiety levels can affect the menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle is affected by the hormones released during high anxiety.Consider yoga/taichi or some other type of peaceful mind-body practices to counteract the stress and anxiety in your life. As another doctor mentioned, probably worth getting checked out since there are other causes of irregular or absent periods as well.
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What is the definition or description of: Absent periods?

Amenorrhea

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or absent periods may occur form a wide variety of reasons. It may be because you are not ovulating or because you are menopausal or because you have underlying medical problems that interfere with normal menstrual cycle (eg, thyroid). In some cases it may be anatomic like a congenital or developmental problem that may require surgical correction.
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Dr. PAUL EUN answered:

Has anyone here had absent periods that returned with weight gain?

Possible

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It is far more likely to have a reverse situation! Some women will stop having periods when they gain significant amount of weight. This is a common scenario. If a woman was underweight and puts on weight to more normal range, her periods can return!
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Can you get really light/irregular or absent periods from anxiety?

Possible but...

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Possible, but I'd rule out other causes first. Of course anxiety or stress can disrupt a woman's menstrual cycle, but it's not as common as many people think. Blaming anxiety is usually better reserved for after you've ruled out other plausible causes.
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Dr. Barry Marged answered:

Can anyone tell me what could possibly be causing my absent periods?

Many reasons

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There are many possible reasons. Do you miss occasional periods or many months in a row?. Obviously for only a few missed, pregnancy needs to be checked. Hormone imbalances, ovary dysfunction, stress, infection are all possibilities and needs a medical professional to evaluate. Sometimes the reason(s) are not found.
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