Last updated on July 27th, 2018 at 05:10 pm
Question: I haven’t had my period in 2 months; Am I Pregnant?
After days, weeks and months, you now realize there is a medical problem that stops your period from coming.
While this might be true for some girls, there are other natural reasons why your period may be absent for 2, 3 or 4 months.
Depending on your age, hormones may not be secreted the usual way.
The human body secretes many hormones which can be affected by your lifestyle – sleeping patterns, excessive exercise, overeating, not eating as required, and stress.
Sometimes, traveling a long distance or losing weight very fast may cause hormone irregularity.
Having said that, the commonest reason your period will disappear for months is pregnancy. Women, who are in their reproductive ages and having regular sex, may get pregnant without even knowing.
Other possible reasons are medications you’re on – emergency pills after sex or combined contraceptive pills, complications of abortion, or a procedure – hysterectomy, where the uterus is surgically removed.
This article explains the most likely reasons your period haven’t shown up in months, what to do and when to worry.
I haven’t had my period in 2 months; Here’s why
1. You are probably expecting a baby
Pregnancy is the commonest reason why period may disappear for months. This is because, during pregnancy, regular menstruation stops.
Before pregnancy, most women’s period will come every 28 days. It could be longer or shorter. However, should your period stop coming after unprotected sex with your boyfriend, it’s likely you’re already pregnant.
Sometimes, you may not notice any pregnancy signs. A patient and now a close friend never realized she was pregnant till after four months. In fact, she visited the hospital because she had a low appetite and abdominal cramps.
Here are some symptoms that you may have ignored or gone unnoticed.
- Getting weak quickly
- Sudden food dislike
- Spotting before your missed period
- Cramps after missing your period for months
- Unexplained weight gain
- Increase desire for a new type of meal
- Change or routing pleasure activities and mood
- Getting restless and worried
- Breast soreness and swelling
- Your boobs now hurt and feel heavy
- Nipple itching
- Legs get swollen
- You are frequently urinating than usual
- Increased milky, clear vaginal discharge
So what step should you take?
If pregnant, you must not panic. Most women who miss pregnancy signs may not have planned for a baby. Now you should talk to your doctor especially if you have the above symptoms.
In most cases, you may have tested negative for pregnancy some weeks ago. This is possible if you tested very early. At 2 – 3 months into a pregnancy, it very easy to confirm by testing.
I recommend the First Response pregnancy kit for women because it is remarkably sensitive and reliable. Should you test negative, then it likely due to
2. Drugs you are currently taking
Preventing pregnancy may sometimes come with its side effects. Birth control pills are common both in the United Kingdom and the United States. A lot of women uses them for several reasons.
Sometimes, depending on whichever pills you’re on, menstruation may cease from coming.
Traditionally, most pills require you take then for 21 days and a free 7 days where you are on placebo or no pill at all. This type of pills will not stop your period from coming for months.
However, the new kinds of birth control pills or inserts may end period for a long time. Seasonale contraceptives are well-known around the world and can stop menstruation for about 84 days (4 months).
Before taking any medication, it’s important to know how they could affect your health. Talk to your doctor and ask many other questions as required.
On the other hand, not being compliant with your pills will not prevent pregnancy. These pills demand you take them every day and at the same time. If you’ve not been compliant, chances are, you may be pregnant.
3. Perimenopause / Menopause
Perimenopause simply means years before a woman’s period will stop (menopause). During the time, your body begins to prepare for menopause.
If you are already more that 35 – 40 years and haven’t had period for 2 months, it may be due to natural changes that occur as you grow older.
During your reproductive years, your ovaries produce follicles that rupture to release an egg during ovulation. As you get towards menopause, the number of follicles reduces.
These follicle helps to produce estrogen and progesterone which are usually involved in regulation of menstruation.
Due to a reduction in these hormones, ovulation process is delayed resulting in absent period for months.
Other symptoms you may experience years before menopause are
- Thinning of bones with pain
- Hot flashes
- Decreased appetite for sex
- Vaginal dryness
- A Painful sexual intercourse
However, should your period not come for 12 consecutive months, it’s likely due to menopause. The average age for menopause is 51 years, though it could occur early.
4. Premature ovarian follicle
Just like perimenopause, where follicles get depleted naturally as you grow older, premature ovarian follicle occurs very early in life.
Symptoms are similar and include
- Difficulty conceiving in your 30’s
- Night sweats
- Dry vagina with trauma during sex
- Mood changes
- Low attention span
- irregular or skipped period
If you are in your 30’s and yet to get period for 2 or 3 months, it’s important to schedule a meeting with your doctor.
5. Hypothalamic dysfunction
You may not have heard of the hypothalamus, but it has a lot to do with ovulation, period and release of many other hormones.
The hypothalamus is found in the brain and helps regulate your period by secreting gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). Decreased secretion of this hormone may occur due to emotional heartbreaks or stress, anorexia nervosa, sleepless nights, chronic physical stress and severe weight loss.
Depending on the cause, adjusting your lifestyle may ease and return your period. Women that undergo so much stress should find time to relax, exercise regularly or talk to your doctor about your symptoms.
Extreme exercise with substantial loss of body weight may affect the hypothalamic release of hormones. You can exercise regularly but not outside your limits.
6. After an abortion
Did you recently terminate an unwanted pregnancy?
After an abortion, your body needs some time to adjust, so do your hormones. Most women will have period return within 4 to 8 weeks after an abortion.
However, absent period after an abortion may be signs of a complication. Asherman syndrome occurs if surgical termination through D & C resulted to fibrosis and adhesions. This may cause light periods or no period at all.
Should you not get period after two months of abortion, it’s necessary to consult your doctor.
7. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Your hormones, the way you look, your menstrual cycle and period could be affected if you have polycystic ovaries.
Multiple cystic ovaries may cause women to have abnormal hormones – estrogen and progesterone. A deep voice, DELAYED PERIOD, obesity, acne, thinning of hair and difficulty getting pregnant are common symptoms.
Talk to your doctor about treatment options
Still worried why you haven’t had period for 2, 3 months? Ask us.