(Closed) I haven’t had my period in almost a year … I’m scared!

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I hope everything is okay!  I think you should go see your GYN and have everything checked out.  It’s really not healthy to miss a period for a year.  That being said, I didn’t get one for six months, which was the reason I originally got on BC, and nothing was “wrong” (just genetics hate me, apparently).  They have prescriptions that basically force your body into getting a period, and maybe that could jump-start your system.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I have never been “regular” and my period used to stop for months to a year at a time too.  Then the opposite happened and it comes way too often, like every other week.  The GYN says some people will just never be “regular”.  But good thing you’re making an appt to get checked out by the professionals, because they can do an ultrasound and blood work and make sure it’s nothing serious.  Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

You sound like me. I was irregular before going on the pill, and my period disappeared for months on end after coming off it. Just keep an eye on things – track your cycles, make sure you’re ovulating, and if you’re NOT, you’ll have the goods you need to take it to a GP or Gyno and see what they can do for you.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Your GYN will tell you more, obviously, but I know for sure that one thing that might be to blame could be an ovarian cyst. I’ve always been irregular, too, and then at one point realized I had gone like 4 months without a period… wound up getting a sonagram b/c of tenderness during my pelvic exam, and it turned out I had a decent-sized cyst that was causing the tenderness AND the stopped periods. The cyst resolved on its own shortly after, and ever since then I’ve been the most regular I’ve ever been in my life.

Post # 9
Bee
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

@moonadea:  Not a stupid question. I would imagine that no, no period = no ovulation, since two things tend to have to happen after ovulation: lining sheds and period starts, or pregnancy begins. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I need birth control to have a period.  Weird, right?

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

One of the most common causes of absent periods is PCO or PCOS; although it can take a while for periods to return to normal when coming off BC, typically they should return within 3 months, so a year is a long time, plus in your case, very irregular periods have always been an issue. So I would certainly see a gynaecologist.

The usual way they test for PCOS is by running blood tests at different times of the month, to monitor fluctuations in hormone levels, if these tests are ‘normal’, it usually rules out PCOS, but, it doesn’t rule out PCO. They will then likely do a scan (usually a transvaginal one; I’ve had a couple so if you do need one and have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask either on here or via PM) to check for cysts, and then go from there.

Please remember that if it is something like PCOS it absolutely does not mean you will not be able to conceive, so please try not to worry too much at this stage.

Best of luck.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Rouquine:  I’m exactly the same way. My period disappeared for two years, so I had to start taking BC. My GYN tried two other medications that were supposed to jump start my period, but they didn’t work.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

@Rouquine:  Me, too. As we’re TTC, I’ve had to use progesterone to induce periods for the past four months, because before that? I’d go MONTHS without one at a time. That makes it tought to baby make!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@moonadea:  I’m no expert, but I think you CAN ovulate without a period, but I would guess it is rare. Your period is supposed to occur after you ovulate since nothing “took” in your womb and it sheds the lining to start the process again. I am guessing that you can still ovulate and because of one thing or another, your body might not recognize it and you might not get your period.

 

ETA: I’m not crazy! (though still wrong in a way). Check it out… http://www.downthelane.com/articles/can-you-ovulate-without-having-a-period.html

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@hanaleilove:  What other medications?

@jaguar:  That’s my fear.  FI wants to TTC by the end of the year.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

My guess is PCOS like someone else said. It’s very common – I’ve seen different figures but personally I know that maybe 80% of my female friends have it! Only one of those friends has TTC so far and she now has two beautiful children. Her first she needed some help (she was on Clomid I think – took about 8 months) and her second happened naturally and easily. So you just never know. I wouldn’t worry too much until you’ve had a chance to talk to your gyno about what the causes could be and what your options are. Good luck!

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