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Gynecology

Menstrual cycle

05/19/2008

Question:

I have been off the pill for 4 months. I have only had 1 period in that 4 months and I am not pregnant. Take in consideration that I was about 16 1/2 years old before I even got my first ever period and was never regular before getting on the pill at age 18. I am concerned about this and want to know if I should be. Any information you can give me would help! Thanks

Answer:

It sounds like you have returned to the kind of cycle you had prior to going on the pill.  This could be due to other medical causes like over/under active thyroid or pituitary growths that prevent the uterus from ovulating.  This would stop menstrual cycles.  Some women have a change in their cycles without good cause.  You should have this investigated.

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Response by:

Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated