Reasons Why Your Period Might Stop (If You’re Not Pregnant)

If there’s one thing a woman can count on in life, it’s her period. In fact, the average woman will have hundreds of periods between puberty and the menopause – that’s a hell of a lot of tampons.

When you expect your monthly bleed and it doesn’t turn up, it can be more than a little disconcerting. Aside from the obvious – being pregnant – there are many reasons why this might happen: it could be due to the hormonal contraception you’re taking, it could be because of a lifestyle change (for example if you’re stressed or exercising too much), or it could signal a health condition that shouldn’t go ignored.

Here, experts discuss the various factors that may cause a pre-menopausal woman’s period to go into hiding and share advice on when to seek medical help.

Hormones

First of all, it’s important to remember that if your period is a no-show and you’re not taking hormonal contraception, it is still possible to get pregnant.

Many of the reasons behind your period’s absence are linked to hormones produced by three glands: the hypothalamus, the pituitary and the ovary. Michael Dooley, consultant gynaecologist at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London, likens the whole mechanism to a “finely-tuned clock”.

Breastfeeding, for example, is linked to the hypothalamus. When a woman begins breastfeeding her baby, she might notice her period stops – and this shouldn’t be a cause for concern.

“The hormones of breastfeeding upset the hypothalamus, the pituitary and the ovaries, which might stop a woman ovulating and therefore would stop her from menstruating,” Dooley tells HuffPost UK.

His reason for this is simple: the body doesn’t want that woman to get pregnant again as she needs to supply food to her newborn baby – so it alters the hormones to make menstruation to stop.

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Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle

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