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I haven't had my menstrual periods for eight months now and im not pregnant what could be the problem?

By Anonymous July 29, 2012 - 10:53pm
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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question!

You didn't tell us your age or general health and lifestyle. This is important information to give.

There are many reasons for not having periods - pregnancy being one of them and you are not pregnant so it's not that. Menopause is also a reason - if you are over 50, this may be the case with you.


Other reasons for not having periods (also called amenorrhea) include:

  • Dramatic weight loss, particularly from drastic diets, eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia , or excessive exercise
  • Dramatic weight gain or morbid obesity
  • Malnourishment
  • Birth defects including lack of a uterus, vagina, or other reproductive organs
  • Medical conditions including cystic fibrosis , Cushing's disease , polycystic ovary , or Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Psychological stress—can lead to a hormonal imbalance sufficient to cause amenorrhea.
  • Medications—some antidepressants, chemotherapeutics, corticosteroids, certain contraceptives.
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Hermaphroditism (having both male and female reproductive organs)
  • Pituitary tumor
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Uterine scarring

You need to see a doctor for an evaluation.

Good luck!


July 30, 2012 - 5:00am
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