I want it back
I'm 16 and it's been six months since my last period. I can't be pregnant because I'm not sexually active. I do get cramps occasionally and I did have a tiny bit of bleeding a while ago. I'm really scared there's something wrong with me. What could it be?
The medical term for missing more than three periods in a row is amenorrhoea. This isn't a disease in itself, but is a symptom of other things that may be wrong.
Missed periods can be caused by a number of things. Irregular periods are quite common for a few years after puberty. It's possible that your cycle will become more regular as you get older. Some women always have an irregular cycle and that is actually quite normal for them.
Stress can also cause periods to stop. It might be worth considering if anything stressful has been happening in your life recently. If so, you might like to explore ways of helping you cope with stress.
Other common causes of amenorrhoea are rapid weight gain or loss and taking too much exercise. Your periods may also stop if you drink or smoke heavily or take drugs. Hormonal imbalances can also cause your periods to stop.
It could be extremely helpful for you to make an appointment to see your local doctor (GP) so the root of the issue can be identified. If you don't feel able to speak to your own doctor you could speak to a doctor or nurse at your local Brook Centre. Alternatively, you can talk to a nurse by calling the fpa helpline on 0845 122 8690.
It's worth bearing in mind that stress could make the situation worse, so try not to worry too much, as it's likely that this problem can be sorted out.
Question answered by bss