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Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
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Absent Periods (Overview)

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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Can birth control cause absent periods?

Can birth control cause absent periods?

Yes: 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". ...Read more

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Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
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Absent Periods (Overview)

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.


Dr. Kathleen Hands
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What are the usual reasons for absent periods?

What are the usual reasons for absent periods?

Pregnancy most commo: 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. ...Read more

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Living with Irregular Periods (Checklist)

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez
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Can antidepressants make absent periods come on?

Can antidepressants make absent periods come on?

Maybe: 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. ...Read more

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Anyone get irregular or absent periods from anxiety?

Anyone get irregular or absent periods from anxiety?

Can Happen: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathleen Hands
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What are the usual reasons for absent periods?

Pregnancy most commo: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted Anderson
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What is the definition or description of: absent periods?

What is the definition or description of: absent periods?

Amenorrhea: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez
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Can antidepressants make absent periods come on?

Maybe: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lang
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Amenorrhea (Definition)

Amenorrhea is also known as Absent periods. Amenorrhea is a symptom in which a woman does not have menstrual periods. Secondary amenorrhea means the woman had periods previously, but now doesn't have periods. Primary amenorrhea means the ...Read more


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