No period for 3 years

I am 25 years old and haven't had a period in 3 years. I have been to numerous doctors and they have put me on Provera and said that it is quite normal. I have had irregular cycles since the age of 14. I have just started progestrone cream I purchased from Walmart.

My question is do I need a particular brand that would speed up the process. I am kinda anxious to see after day 14 will I get a period. Has anyone experienced this before?

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Apr 10, 2008
No period for 3 years
by: Wray

Hi there It's not normal at the age of 25 to have had no periods for 3 years, and irregular ones before that make me suspect poly cystic ovaries or insulin resistance. I take it you've been checked for those? If not please do so, as both those cause anovulation or amenorrhea. Provera has many adverse side affects, have you read the leaflet that comes with it? What does concern me it also stops ovulation. By doing that it means you are not making any progesterone.

I can't help much with regard to the cream you've just purchased, as you haven't given me the strength of it. All the successful studies done on progesterone use between 100mg to 200mg per day. This equates to 3 to 6ml of Natpro per day. Some go as high as 400-600mg/day. Hopefully the cream you have will give you the right amount of progesterone.

But progesterone won't speed up the process, you need to get to the bottom of why you're not having a regular cycle or none at all, as now. Unfortunately many women are now experiencing the same problem as you, it's increasing worldwide. Take care Wray

Apr 11, 2008
thinking about provera
by: Anonymous

Thanks wray for your comment. I have not been checked for pcos the doc felt it was not necessary. I just got a rx for Provera and will be taking it for the next 10 days. The doc also gave me Clomid so that I would ovulate. Preg is not what I'm aiming for but if it happens in the process then that is ok too.

I was using 400mg of progesterone cream twice daily but I am so ready for a period and the cream is just a long process. I have also been taking Changeolife and Vitex for 1 month and I haven't seen any improvement only pain in my ab area. I am all out of options right now so I am forced in so many words to take the Provera. I was trying not to go that route.

Apr 13, 2008
No period for 3 years
by: Wray

Hi there If you're not ovulating then I do suspect PCO or insulin resistance. Why hasn't your doctor thought it worth checking instead of giving you Clomid which has adverse side affects? Provera will only make you bleed, it will not correct whatever is at the bottom of the problem. To give you an OC (which stops ovulation) together with Clomid (to force ovulation) sounds extraordinary to me!

Please have a check for PCO or insulin resistance. This last will also stop ovulation. There are natural ways of reversing it. One thing concerns me, you say you were using 400mg progesterone twice daily. I take it you were using it every day? If this is the case then you were stopping ovulation, as it can act as a contraceptive. It should only be used from ovulation for the last 14 days of the cycle. Take care Wray

May 20, 2008
No period for three years
by: Anonymous

My sister also didn't have a period for 3 years. She had one from an OB giving her progesterone for 10 days, but then nothing. She is an avid runner and due to injury has only been running a few times per week.

I've encouraged her to try to gain some weight and she has. She is now 26 and has had 4 periods in a row 30-60 days each cycle. How is your weight/exercise? Good luck to you, I hope you are able to get balanced!

Jul 12, 2008
No periods precancerous polyps
by: mh

Six weeks after giving birth to my son my gyno said that I could start taking birth contol pills. I was on the pill for 3 yrs. I thought they were safe.

After going off of the pill 3 yrs ago, my periods have only come approx. every 3 months. Dr. claimed this wasn't from being on the pill but I think otherwise.

Blood test, for thyroid, pcos, etc. came back ok. During each of my gyno visits the lst 3 yrs. with different Dr.'s they all just throw Provera at me. I was warned that the uterine lining building up each month w/ no period and could result in precancerous cells.

I have been trying to get preg for 1 1/2 yrs. now with no luck. The last dr. did an internal unltrasound after I had taken a 2nd round of clomid and found polyps which turned out to be precancerous. I also now have endometriosis accord. to Dr. from the environment of no periods. I had surgery including the terrifying ovarian drilling to promote ovualtion, laser treatment of endometriosis, polyp removal.

Next course of treatment is 6 months on progesterone. I am 35 yrs old and running out of time to conceive. I can't believe I poisoned myself with the pill. Anyway I have found out that you the patient needs to be aggressive about your treatment.

Nov 07, 2008
No period for 3 years
by: Chantel

My name is Chantel and I'm 18. My last period was when I was 16 and that is when I started birth control pills. I'm not sure what it is but I would like to find out so I can have the kids I always wanted. Can someone help me.

Nov 21, 2008
I do have PCOS
by: Anonymous

I am 30 years old... 3 years ago I quit having periods, lost my sex drive, gained a ton of weight...etc etc etc. I saw two different men gynos that threw the provera and clomid at me, with the same results (not squat).

They didn't agree when I asked about the PCOS, but they didn't want to do any kind of testing either. I moved back closer to family about 1 1/2 yrs ago and started seeing a family doctor (female). I told her what had been going on the past couple of years and what other docs had done or said.

She immediately agreed it was probably PCOS and ordered blood tests and a sonagram (spelling?). All results pointed directly at PCOS. She put me on Metformin (its been about a year now) and later added Yaz because I still wasn't having normal cycles. I'm also taking an antidepressant for my mood swings and depression.

Last I saw her she took me off the Yaz and said she wanted me to start progesterone because I want to get pregnant. There are good doctors out there that do care about your problems, sometime they are just hard to find though. I thought I would put my 2 cents worth in since I have read what other people have had to say and its very informative. I hope my tid bit of info helps someone, even if its just a glimmer of hope.

Jun 20, 2011
26 years old, one period in the last three years
by: Anonymous

I know how you're feeling.

I am 26 and I hate it! I've been irregular for about 7 years and have not had a period for three years.

I also (like one of ladies above) had precancerous cells as a result of no period and had the lazier treatment to have them removed. I had all my STD tests at the same time and was all clear.

I had one period after that treatment but have no periods again (that was April of last year).

I've seen three doctors and none seen to want to do anything. My boyfriend (of five years) and I have been trying (or have not been not trying) for a baby for two years so I find it madness that every doctors just says "wait and see - relax. I'm sur it'll come".

Seeing a new doctor the day after tomorrow so hopefully they'll do something?

Sep 22, 2011
by: Anonymous

I'm 19. I'm not overweight, nor did the doctors see cysts on my ovaries in an ultrasound I had back in February, which rules out PCOS. My periods stopped when I was 17. I really haven't had them completely on my own ever since. Maybe a few here and there, but they really are nonexistent. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I'm a vegetarian and I don't eat meat but consume soy products. But phytoestrogens in soy is a controversial issue that a lot of health care professionals aren?t really sure can mess with hormones the way bc pills do. I'm not sure how, but I think my high fiber diet may be connected, though the doctors I've seen think otherwise. I am constantly enraged by the fact that I seem to get indefinite PMS--bloating, cramps, pimples, water retention, extreme breast pain, etc, and the only way to have those symptoms relieved is to have a period, which I just can't seem to do on my own. The pill is not an option for me; I tried it last summer and it was medium dosage but all it did was make me sick to my stomach. I'm in college so I wouldn't dare even try a low dose pill, as I'm too afraid it would have the same effects on me and make me sick. I don't have time to be sick. Either way, my situation is lose-lose. There doesn't seem to be any solution to not having periods for no reason at all. I'm not worried about not being unable to conceive, as I never want to have children, but I'm worried about long-term health effects like precancerous cell growth. And in general it just makes me unhappy to know that something in my body is not normal/fails to work the way it's SUPPOSED to. I don't know anyone else with these kinds of problems. And I'm a virgin so I know none of this is STD related. I'm tired of the constant physical pain and emotional distress this causes me, but I realize there's nothing I can really do about it. I'm really at a loss. I don't think I'll ever have a period again.

Oct 05, 2011
I am there now
by: Tiffy

My cycles completely changed a year and a half ago. I went from normal cycles to 4 day cycles of major "flooding" on day 1. I lived with it even though one doc prescribed progesterone. I refused it. Then in May got poison ivy and was given a kenalog shot. I went 7 weeks without a period and then started bleeding pretty much non-stop. There were about 8 days from June 13 to August 30 where I did not bleed. That much blood loss was negatively affecting my life in every way. My GP did blood work and my progesterone was non existent and my estrogen was sky high. He did it again a few days later and same thing. My OB a week later after seeing those results finally convinced me to take prometrium. I started that on Aug 30. I spotted the whole way through and the day after I went off, I stopped bleeding altogether. I am supposed to bleed within 7-10 days of going off, right? Nope. Not a drop of blood since. Now my doc wants me to go on a month of birth control. I was clear with him that I did not want to start the hormone train with the prometrium. He assured me we would not do so, but here I am. I do not know what to do. It has been 4 weeks since I finished the prometrium. I am so depressed. I have no clue where to go from here and just find myself very frustrated at this point. No one will help me.

Oct 07, 2011
follow-up to original comment
by: mh

Update: I had a period each month on the Provera regimen to treat pre-cancerous cells (adenomatous hyperplasia without atypia). If the adenomatous had been with atypia I would not have been able to try the Provera regimen. After 6 months of Provera usage my pre-cancerous cells regressed (as of beginning of 2009)according to biopsy. I was on Metformin during that time as well. I did not ovulate with Metformin alone even after the ovarian drilling surgery. I ended up finally getting pregnant on 200mg of Clomid and opted to get the $100 HCG shot that helps to release the egg from the follicle. I only had one follicle on the internal unltrasound but did finally get pregnant March of 2009. The 200mg of Clomid did make me see a few spots while using it but no long term effects. I did get gestational diabetes but it was controlled with diet and Metformin. My daughter was born at the end of 2009 and is now thankfully a very active & healthy toddler. I can't believe how fortunate I am that things worked out. I hope everyone out there is able to find a Dr. that listens to them and works to quickly address their health problems. It took me 3 years and 4 Dr's to finally get my problems addressed. If you are having problems with absent periods please keep trying to find a Gyno or Specialist that actually is proactive in helping to restore your periods to prevent precancerous/cancerous build up and/or help you ovualte. FYI:(I did not go on birth control after having my daughter. After I finished breastfeeding her (for 1 year) my periods have been normal (monthly). I think my body may have reset itself after the pregnancy.

Nov 23, 2012
by: Brittany

hey first let me start by saying that im 21 years old and i had my son on 2008 of jan 7th and they messed up on my first child delivery at good samaritan hosp, i had many blood clots long with 100 stitches so after i lost so much blood then i became anemic and had very low iron and my son is 4 bout to be 5 jan and i havent had a period in 3 almost 4 years im so scared been to so so so many hosp's an doctors is there any information you can give me please that might help there alot of med problems that seem to go wrong at the age 21 please help thank you for ur time and i hope too get a responce soon wouold really appreciate it..

Nov 24, 2012
by: Wray

Hi Brittany Without knowing a full history, it's difficult to say what could be causing this. But Stress does stop ovulation, and upsets the cycle, it could be this as you sound stressed. Being underweight can cause it too, so can being overweight. I have no idea if the progesterone will help you, but it does often help correct a cycle that is not functioning normally. It is safe too, so I feel worth a try. I recommend 100-200mg/day, too little doesn't usually help. We have more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. Take care Wray

Apr 01, 2013
i am one of them...
by: crissystones

hello ladies its really bad for not having period for 2 or 3 years its really really bad.. because i am 24 now but no period in 2 years i think its getting worst..but the most thing im worried if i dont able for having a baby ?? its because of this problem..

someone can share me what is your advice?

Apr 02, 2013
i am one of them...
by: Wray

Hi Crissystones Has anyone checked for PCOS? If not it might be worth going for a test, as this stops the cycle. You could consider progesterone too as that often rights things, see our page on How to use progesterone cream. Take care Wray

Sep 04, 2013
No Periods for years.....
by: Anonymous

I see that a lot of people are recommending that your gals that have not had a period for several years get checked for PCOS...and I agree, but I also think that you should request a prolactin test too. 12 years ago I went through a similar situation of no cycle for years and doctors just giving me pills to start my cycle instead of find out the issue, after 3 years of questioning and switching doctors finally someone was willing to run a full hormone panel and found a prolactinoma which is a benign tumor on my pituitary gland. By the time it was found it was large and harder to manage with meds, if it was found earlier the endocrinologist said I would have probably only had to take the meds for a couple of years until the tumor stopped growing....12 years later I am still taking meds and also have been diagnosed with PCOS, most likely cause from being on the meds for the prolactinoma for too long, and my chances of having a family is non-existent so if kids are in your future plans more reason to demand testing now.
Don't wait and don't take no for an answer...insist that your doctors run a hormone panel and figure out the cause of your symptoms not just how to solve the problem (your lack of a cycle)
All the best to all of you!

Sep 07, 2013
No Periods for years.....
by: Wray

Hi there It's so saddening to hear a story such as yours. How easy is it to test all the important hormones if something's amiss. Prolactin does cause major problems if high, besides which it is an inflammatory hormone. I take it no doctor has suggested you use progesterone? Because this does decrease prolactin levels. It also suppresses oestrogen levels, and oestrogen causes prolactin to rise. High prolactin causes dopamine to drop, conversely high dopamine suppresses prolactin. Has anyone suggested you try taking tyrosine, the precursor to dopamine? As this also lowers prolactin levels. We do have a page on PCOS you could look through. It's caused by oxidative stress and large amounts of antioxidants are needed to reverse it. Progesterone is invariably low so this is also needed. Take care Wray

Nov 15, 2013
No period for years
by: Anonymous

I started ovulating at the age of 18, irregular and very light for a maximum of two days. Never had cramps or bloating, if it came it was always a surprise.
When I started using the pill my periods became a bit more regular, still very light.
About 5 years ago I stopped having periods completely. Since last year I quit using the pill as I don't want to put any more artificial hormones in my body. I am now 40 years old and in perfect health. I am vegan but make sure I get all the proteins and vitamins a body needs. I really look after myself, eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables, and take all the additional supplements needed. I am not overweight, nor am I too thin. I like sports - I love surfing, yoga, ski & snowboarding and lots of other outdoor activities but nothing in excess.
My periods stopped before I became vegan (although I have been vegetarian since I was 8)
I never really looked into it as I don't want kids anyway and can do without the monthly mess.
A doctor once told me that even though I didn't bleed I'd probably still ovulate.
Last week I had unprotected sex, just to be on the safe side I took the morning after pill. Up till now still no blob.
Do I run the risk of being pregnant?? The thought of that makes me sick to my guts.

May 31, 2014
no period for years
by: Anonymous

Hi there iam 22 years old and I have only experienced menstruation once that was way back in 2008 after I turned 16. My friends have been telling me that my case is pretty unusual and that chances of having a child is 0. This has kinda made me feel "abnormal" and seriously curious about the sickness I have(if any)
. I have never been to a doctor. cause of the fear tjat something must be wrong with me. I have never had sex and im worried about this..

Jul 08, 2014
no period for over 3yrs
by: Sjay

Hi there, I am a 31yr old lady with the same problem. I have two children aged 8 & 4. I stopped menstruating 4months after the birth of my son which was about the same time I started the pill. I am 1,62m tall and weigh 92kgs The last time I saw a doctor about my problem of not menstruating she made me believe it was because I am obese, this was 6months ago. I was given no medication & advised to lose some weight before anything could be done. I have to admit I am truly worried about my weight and have been doing some exercises and have greatly reduced portions but the progress seems to be very slow, I am depressed and desperate as I feel there is no hope for me, even embarrassed to go back to the Dr after losing only 2kilos in six months. We are also thinking of having another baby but I just cant discuss the issue with my husband who seems to believe it will happen when the time is right. Does anyone out there have an idea of what I can do to lose extra kilos fast so I can ovulate again.

Jul 11, 2014
by: Anonymous

Hi Sjay,

It sounds to me like your doctor couldn't come up with an answer to your problem so she went with the old stand by answer of lose weight. I would request that your doctor do a full hormone panel before accepting that it is just that you are over weight. Usually there is something off in the hormone department that causes both the weight gain and the lack of a period. If they haven't done labs for prolactin that is where I would start, if they have already done this labe and your prolactin is in normal range I would request a full hormone panel and make sure they include DHEA-S, 17-OH Pregnenalone, and 17-OH Progesterone, and possibly a 24 hour urine collection for cortisol if they feel that may be an issue.

My personal motto is to question everything until something makes sense. I was told for years that nothing was wrong with me and that I was just fat. Then I lost a bunch of weight and still no cycle, then they told me I was too thin. Gained a few pounds and they didn't have an answer so I did my own research and found my prolactinoma because I insisted that my doc run labs that I wanted. Then recently I started having more issues with mood and extreme anxiety attacks. Again went to the doc and she referred me to a counselor. Didn't feel that it was anything that needed to be talked about so I requested labs to look at my adrenal glands and turns out they are producing 4x the amount of hormones that they should be causing a constant adrenaline rush. No doctor has all the answers so be a scientist and always ask the question can stop questioning when you get the answer that makes it all add up.

Jul 11, 2014
Anonymous 22 year old with lack of cycle
by: Anonymous

Hi there,

You are right that it is not normal for you to not have a cycle for several years. I wouldn't delay going to that doctor to avoid getting answers. If you have the answers you can then make a plan on how to get better, if you ignore it the only option is for you to get worse.

I would think you would want to look at your prolactin levels. Prolactinomas are fairly common and are benign tumors that can be treated and stabilized fairly early if caught early enough. Even a larger one can be managed for you to have a normal life, it is just a bit more work to balance the hormones.

I was about your age when they found my prolactinoma and I too avoided the doctor for several years because of the same fear, but in the end I wish I would have taken care of it sooner. 13 years later, I still have the tumor, but my life is pretty ordinary. But because I waited so long my tumor is categorized as "macro" a larger size so I am larger doses of meds to keep it controlled and my cycle is still inconsistent so not a high probability of kids in my future. If you would like kids the sooner you find the problem the better chances you have.

Best of luck!

Jul 12, 2014
Take action! It is your life.
by: MH

Remember it is your life. The Doctor only visits with us for 15 minutes and then we dwell on that visit for a long time. Get a second or third opinion by different doctors. Even if you can't afford the visits just go to a different doctor every year for your yearly physical if you have insurance. You may have to save money or use a credit card if you don't have insurance but it is very important to figure out the problem even if your not trying to get pregnant. Don't forget that you can build up a cancerous lining in your uterus making getting pregnant impossible if you have to have a hysterectomy. Woman who have not gone through menopause should be having regular periods or something is wrong. Progesterone(hormone)will make you have periods but not prevent pregnancy. Progesterone does NOT help you ovulate. Metformin (diabetic drug) may help you ovulate and lose weight. Some doctors have quit using Clomid (to promote ovulation) and are now using Letrozole (oddly enough a breast cancer drug that may help you ovulate) instead. If you go to a reproductive specialist, instead of an ob/gyn, the visit may not be covered by insurance but a specialist may be more apt to quickly order labs instead of the "wait and see what happens if you lose weight" approach. Specialist may get to the root of the problem more quickly. Even if your partner isn't wanting to have more kids be proactive in your healthcare so that you can be around for your family.

Sep 28, 2014
no period in 5 years
by: L.B

Can anyone relate to my condition? When I was 14 I got my first period and I was on time every time and when I had my son at 17 my girl at 18 another girl at 19 my period was still on time it wasn't till my 3 child was 6 months old my period just completely stopped. And that was 5 years ago I turn 25 in November 2014 and even though I don't have my period I still conceived 2 more children in the 5 years I haven't had my period and I also put on alot of weight I'm usually a size 12 now I'm a 18 and don't know what is going on!!

Dec 28, 2014
help me
by: Anonymous

help me im havent had period for 3 years what would i do? Im scared to haven't baby! Please help im 21 year old!

Jan 18, 2015
No period for 3 years
by: Anonymous


I'm 19 years old and I haven't had my period for 3 long years. I went to see my doctor and he said that it was normal for girls my age to lose their period. But that was weeks ago...I'm getting to the point where I'm getting worried about my body and also my future. I'm not going to lie, I used to be skinny back in high school but throughout my 2 last years of high school, thats when I gained weight and lost my period. My doctor also told me that my weight gain also had an affect on my period. But I'm so worried. Anybody please help me? I don't know what to do. My mother passed away when I was a little girl and its just me and my father. But I haven't told him about my problem since its very uncormtable to talk to him about it. Any advise would help.

Jan 27, 2015
same here
by: star

Im 14 in a half ill be 15 in june i got my period for the first time a week after my 13th birtday and i got a couple more of them but i havent had one since February last year im so confused ! I know im not pregnant im a virgin i went to the doctor she said its not normal and they referred me to a doctor for your private area i guesss and im waitng to go

Feb 01, 2015
No period for four years
by: Bellissima

I am hoping to get a little comfort from others that may have gone through a similar experience like me. I have not had a period in over 4 years and have seen two different OB/GYN's about it. The first one put me on provera for six months. I was taking one pill for ten days out of each month. It did not make me have a period but I did spot a little. When I went back the doctor told me that if I lost weight it would help because at the time my weight had gotten to 264lbs. So I had a gastric sleeve done a year ago and am currently weighing 189lbs. I recently went to another OB/GYN and she gave me a full blood work up of test due to me having signs of virilization, excess facial hair, an enlarged clitoris and hair starting to grow on my chest. My results came back as my testosterone level was very elevated at 326 ng/dL with the free testosterone level being 4.4 pg/mL. My LH was 10.9 mIU/mL and FSH was 0.6 mIU/mL. My hemoglobin ALc was 5.6%, DHEA-Sulfate was 250.4 ug/dL, TSH was 1.770 uIU/mL. My prolactin was flagged as low at 4.2 ng/mL and estradiol was 48.7 pg/mL. Since my testosterone was so high my OB/GYN ordered an CT Scan. I am wanting to know if anyone else has had similar results or symptoms and if so was it due to tumors on your ovaries or adrenal glands? My OB/GYN stated that she suspects this. Also are these tumors mostly benign or cancerous? I am really worried and have not been able to rest since the test. I will not get the reults until next week so thought I would see if anyone else had any similar experience. Thanks for your time.

Apr 06, 2015
I am 25 year old and I haven't have my period for almost all my life!!
by: Anonymous

When I was 12 year old I had my first period for 2 months only then it stop! Then when I was 16 year old I had my period once only until I was 20 year old when I took proverb with birth control and I gain so much weight I when from 150 to 202 ponds.. I only had spots when I was on those medication so I throw them away means flush them down the toilet. From the age of 22 year old till now I still don't have my period and am getting scared I tried going for check up but the hospital here is really bad.. they never really check you then just proscribed you the medicine. Pls let me know what I should do!!

May 04, 2015
no period , stopped counting
by: DD

Hello everyone
I totally feel with you guys, I know how it's like to constantly have this cloud over your head , when you know something's wrong but just don't kn ow what to do.

I had my first period when I was 15. But there wasn't really much blood. I hadn't had any fatigues beforehand so it came as a surprise.. later on it was irregular , it came 7 months later maybe. I had maybe 5 periods , that lasted approx. 2 days.

Now I'm 20 and can't even remember the last time I had my period. I'm thinking , 2 years

The doctors nevwr had anything smart to say to me
Bit now I think I know what I must do:
1. Go get my hormones checked
2. Check prolactinoma

Right? Does anyone have any other advice? I'm not overweight nor underweight. I don't really work out regularly but many women who have normal periods don't... I am strong. I don't smoke or anything.. I eat healthy.. Never had no artifitial hormones.

What's the chatch?

Can it be stress? Again, many women who lead stressful lives out there , have regular periods...

Jun 05, 2015
2 years no period no pcos
by: Anonymous

I'm 25 and haven't had a period for 2 years. I was tested for pcos and it came back negative. I don't know what to do and I really want children

Jul 11, 2015
No period for 3 years
by: Anonymous

hello all,
I seem to be the oldest here. I am 44 with no period for over 3 year. I recently took the FHS test, unfortunately my doctor said my FHS level is very high, which means I no longer ovulate. I really would love to have a child , does anybody similar experience? Or can advise on what to do?

Jul 12, 2015
Dazed and Confused
by: Anonymous

Hey Guys,

I am in a similar boat, though with some variations. I started having periods at the age of 8 and have always had a very unpredictable cycle. Typically ranging 3-5 months between periods, I have never been able to keep a steady cycle. I have always suffered from extremely bad cramps and chronic stomach pain during and without my menstrual cycle. At 16, I was given birth control as a means of regulation in an attempt to also lessen my pain, I have also had many ultrasounds as the doctors attempt to see the invisible/non-existant (according to them) threat to my system. The pill made it to where i only had 1-2 periods a year... at 18 I quit taking the pill and my cycle never returned to normal. I have had less periods than before, with double the pain. At 19, I became pregnant, much to my surprise and relief (having been told that it would be difficult for me to become pregnant), but unfortunately had a miscarriage at 8 weeks. I haven't had a period since. Now, at 21, I was doubtful I would ever have one again, I still had echos, like grumpiness and cravings, but never any blood. About a month ago, I had some very light spotting, I didn't know what to make of it so I just treated it like a period, stuck in a tampon, and wait. it was just for one day. Then, yesterday, I finally had my first period in almost 2 years. ITS BACK, with a vengeance. This is by far the HEAVIEST and most PAINFUL period I have ever experienced. And the days I spent crippled in bed instead of at school or on vacation are a testament to how utterly painful it is. I am so confused. It is as if my body was saving everything up to give it to me all at once. In those moments where the pain eases and I feel that I could run an errand, I'm too afraid to go anywhere in fear that I will bleed through my clothes before I even reach my destination. Its disgusting. Meanwhile, I am perplexed because I have gone so long without a period that I thought that because of my early starting age that I was going through super early menopause, my partner and I had all but given up on having children after the horror of the miscarriage, and then the lack of possibility, and although I'm excited about the prospect of having a second chance, I haven't received any viable theories from the doctors I have spoken with. I just don't understand.

Jul 17, 2015
2 years no period no PCOS
by: Joy

Hi Anonymous

It's not normal at the age of 25 to have had no periods for 2 years. If you tested negative for PCOS, it could mean that you are Insulin Resistance, have you been tested? Both PCOS and IS cause anovulation or amenorrhea. Have you been on, or are you taking the contraceptive pill? This could also be the cause, all drug based contraceptives have a potential to cause harm.

You need to get to the bottom of why you are not having a period, please read the menstruation and pregnancy pages. You might like to consider using progesterone cream, I suggest trying 200mg per day, but you may need to go as high as 400-600mg per day. Please readHow to use Progesterone Cream and Estrogen Dominance.

Do know what your Vitamin D level is? A deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone and could very well explain things. Please have a test done.

Hope this helps.

Jul 17, 2015
No period for 3 years
by: Joy

Hi Anonymous

It seems that you could be in menopause, usually a missed period for 12 months signifies this. Perhaps the peri-menopause page will be of interest to you as well. If the estrogen level is too high, which is the case with excessive FHS, any hormonally sensitive tissue is affected, in particular the ovaries. If LH is too high this suppresses ovarian function. High levels of FSH, LH and estrogen suppress progesterone. To address this imbalance progesterone is essential.

If you do decide to use progesterone cream, please read How to use Progesterone Cream and Estrogen Dominance. Do you know what your Vitamin D level is, if not please consider having a test done. A deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone and it also helps with high FHS levels.

Hope this helps.

Jul 19, 2015
Dazed and Confused
by: Joy

Hi Anonymous

Gosh what an early age to start having periods, although not uncommon. In the USA by the year 2000 the average age for the start of the menstruation cycle stood at about 12.6 years for white girls, 12.1 for African American girls and 12.2 for Mexican American girls. Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDS's) - or estrogen mimics are partly to blame. The earlier females commence with their menstruation cycle, the longer she is exposed to estrogen, please read the Menstruation and Estrogen Dominance pages. Your cycle is in a complete mess, if only you were given progesterone years ago, you would not be in this position.

So typical of the medical profession to prescribe birth control, they seem to do this when they have no idea how to address the problem. All drug based contraceptives have a potential to cause harm and in your case it certainly did that. Great decision to stop taking it. Miscarriages usually happen when progesterone levels are low. Grumpiness and cravings etc are ED symptoms, but cravings could also indicate Insulin Resistance, have you had your level tested?

I also suspect that you could have endometriosis hence the pain and heavy bleeding, have you been tested for that? On the endo page you will see a heavy bleeding protocol, which has been used by many woman with great success, please consider following it. If you do have endometriosis which is actually caused by oxidative stress, you need to take nutrients to help deal with this, the protocol will provide this. Your hormones need to be balanced if you are thinking of having children, please read the Pregnancy page. A friend of mine experienced the same endo symptoms and battled with pregnancy. She now has two beautiful children thanks to progesterone and vitamin D3.

Do you know what your Vitamin D level is, as deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone.

Hope this helps.

Jul 28, 2015
7 years of not menstrating
by: Anonymous

It's been 7 years since I have my first menstruation just to let me know that I'm already a teenage.
I've already checked my condition to an ob gyne but the result is normal.
Until now my body respond positively but I weigh 160 lbs at the age of 19
Anyone can help\explain what is my condition all about??
Sorry for disturbing but I need your advice guys
THank YOU!!..

Jul 30, 2015
7 years of not menstruating
by: Joy

Hi Anonymous

You are not disturbing anyone at all. Did your doctor test you for PCOS, it sounds to me as though that could be your problem. PCOS also causes weight gain, you could also have Insulin Resistance, were you tested for that too? The Menstrual Cycle page may also help you.

Progesterone therapy will help you, but do bear in mind that is NOT an overnight fix, it can take anything from 2-6 months, possibly longer, depending on how severe symptoms are before any kind of positive change is felt. It is most important that a progesterone cream is used which delivers the correct amount of progesterone. Please read How to use Progesterone Cream and Estrogen Dominance.

Do you know what your Vitamin D3 level is as a deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone and is vital for every one of our cells to function correctly.

Hope this helps you.

Jul 30, 2015
No period (2+ yrs) -DO have: PCOS/ Insulin resistance, HPV, Precancerous cells & lesions
by: Brittany M.

Currently, I am 27 years of age. Two years ago I had a diagnostic laparoscopy to check for endometriosis due to the problems with not having a menstral cycle for so long and severe pain inside of my uterus and lower abdominal region. Before that (about 4ish years ago) I found out that I have PCOS/ insulin resistance, HPV, and precancerous cells and lesions. It's very very difficult for me to have a pap done because as soon as they try to insert a spectulum(sp?)I scream and kick in pain. It touches something inside me, probably a seriously unhappy lesion, and I can NOT take it. I'm pretty much freaking out. I was a beautiful, blonde, Southern 5'3" girl weighing 120-130 pounds (once I was 19 I started gaining some weight due to a -failed- pregnancy)..but then I just kept gaining weight and more weight then more weight. Now, I am 196 pounds with these scary medical conditions and seriously low self-esteem. I'm really worried about not having a period for over 2 years Noe. I'm scared about getting cervical cancer because no one ever mentions the HPV and to be honest I forgot for the last year at least. So, I have tissue built up on my uterin lining by now (a lot of it) which probably just feeds my precancerous cells even more... And no one has been checking anything out. I haven't been to a gyno for a while now, though because it hurts like hell and no one seems to want to treat my conditions, or give them much thought. I have Metformin but I never ever take it. I used to be on loloesterin but it did not help at all. I'm just scared and do not know what to do.... I don't want to gain more weight or wake up dying from cancer one day.... Help?

Jul 30, 2015
No period (2+ yrs) -DO have: PCOS/ Insulin resistance, HPV, Precancerous cells & lesions
by: Brittany M.

Having some serious issues and no one seems to want to help me (my doctors). I've been on Metformin but haven't taken it. I never really take it. I didn't realize it was that important at all.

I have PCOS, insulin issues, severe weight gain, HPV, precancerous cells and lesions, and I haven't had a period for nearly 3 years now. I had a diagnostic laparoscopy done to check for endometriosis because of all the pain and trouble I go through daily, but it was negative. So, I'm just left with everything else... And a serious cervical cancer scare. It's all been precancerous BUT...BUT I haven't had a pap done in a long time and no one checks for HPV and irregularities because I forgot I had HPV. I've been through a lot so... I just forgot. And now I'm just hell... Not knowing what to do next. It is nearly impossible for me to have a pap done due to the intense amount of pain I'm in for even 2 seconds. I cannot handle it. When the spectulum goes in the cervix even a cm I'm kicking and screaming. It touches something on my left side that is absolutely unbearable. I. Am. Freaking. Out. And the more I'm reading about HPV 16 & 18... I am becoming more alarmed. I used to be this beautiful young girl who is 5 3" and weighing approx. 120-130 lbs. during college. Became pregnant at 19 but miscarried at 12w2d and my body has not been the same since. My boobs are even bigger than before (and they were a D before). Now... I look like a porn star (well...a heavier porn star now) with low self-esteem and ridiculous medical situations that have LITERALLY ruined my entire 20s for me. I'm so lost... I do t know what to do anymore. My life is at a complete standstill.... Help?

Sep 29, 2015
25 years old no period for 2.5 years
by: Anonymous

Hi I'm 25 years old and haven't had a period in 2.5 years. My doctor did a test for pcos and it came back negative. I really don't know what to do my doctor talky isn't helping me and I want to have a baby more than ever. Please help!

Oct 11, 2015
No period after giving birth
by: Beverly

Hi everyone, I just happen to run across this post! Wow I wish I had seen this years ago, I am a middle aged mom, after the birth of my daughter who is now 33yrs old I have never had a period again, I talked to the doctors then for years I was 23 when I had her, I was a victim of a violent crime plus was in the military, I was also married to a police officer, I never said anything to anyone EVER!! I am finding that this is only partially the problem, you do have to be your advocate no one else will fight for you the way you will, if you feel the questions have not been answered keep asking, if you don't feel comfortable with your dr. Find one you do feel comfortable with, do not settle for shuffle you through, your body has a way of telling you what it wrong, listen to it, it's your best Dr. I had a Dr. For years who you think is ok, until you find the dr. That's amazing for you, run get out it could be a matter of life and death. Find a dr. Right for you! Best wishes to all.

Oct 17, 2015
HELP!!!!! so happy i seen this
by: Anonymous

Hi, I got my period when I turned 11 years old they started out normal tell i was about 13 years old.
then they started going all funky. I would either miss months at a time or not get it at all or it would be heavy and the cramps would drop me to the floor.

I am now 28 years old but havent had a period in over 3 years before having my son at 25 my periods were so irregular that i was told by many OGYNS i wouldnt be able to have children, they did a laproscopy and voila i got pregnant had my son and have never had a period since that time (other then when they did a trans-vaginal ultrasound which i was told wasnt really a period they just aggitated me.
Ever since i was 16 i get overian cysts every year they become quite painful and the sharp pains on in my abdomin closer to my hip bones.

I have no energy I can sleep 8 hours and within 2 hours of being up I am ready to go back to bed again, for another 8 hrs i have been getting alot of headaches and more sharp shooting pains by my overies..
and well ive seen so many obgyns none of them seem to take me seriously.

so here are my symptoms

abdominal pain
sharp pains by overies
tired all the time
no energy to play with my son over a certain amount of time
headaches more then ever
breast pain (alot feels like a stabbing and dragging burning in my breast)
back pain
and the whole where you enter a tampon the bone around there sharp pains
PAINFUL and i mean Painful through sex and im NOT interested in sex at all it hurts why would i be, i dont get in the mood!!!

can someone please help me offer advice anything sorry if im being grapghic but seriously lol, i have been at this since 13 years old have had lazer surgeries and laproscopys done. im dying and fed up.

Oct 30, 2015
26, no period 3 years, abdominal bloating
by: Alex B

It has been about 3 years since I've had a regular period. At the moment I have been experiencing lower abdominal bloating & pressure. So uncomfortable it disturbs my sleep. I went to my gyno after having been to the emergency clinic in the middle of the njght thinking I was pregnant as my lower stomach (abdomen) was totally protruding do to not being able to flex. They did an ultrasound and found 1 small cyst in my right ovary, did not feel the need to remove it. I went and got a second opinion from another gyn, and he said it could be from not having had my period for 3 years. He put me on NORETHINDRONE, 10 days to induce menstrual- today is day 10, no menstrual- same bloating symptoms are returning, I called the office she said to wait 10-14 days after completing the NORETHINDRONE to have a period- protocol is once I get my period to hop on birth control, MINASTRIN 24 FE to be exact. That will in turn regulate me.
My question is then- what about when I decide I want children, doc said I would take a hormone to ovulate at that time, when that time comes.
I'm wondering if anybody else gets this same bloated abdominal feeling I do?
No sign of endometriosis or cancerous polyps found. Thank the Lord. Please email me if any advice or info can be given. I'm not over weight, not underweight. I exercise normally 3xs/week, not excessive. Irregular periods have been a problem of mine since I was 12 years old when I began menstruation.
My email is
Thank you

Nov 02, 2015
Only had three periods my entire life age 31
by: Desperately seeking answers

Hi can someone please offer sum answers if u have been thru what I have .... Im 31 and I've only had about three periods my whole life once at around age 21 then again age 26or 27 I can't remember and now at 31 im on my period at this moment ... That I recall the first two lasted 7 days and now I'm wondering if this will be the same ... Im not on any pills or gels I was overweight by about 30 pounds or so I recently dropped the weight well some of it and I wonder if this is why it returned ... I am afraid to visit Drs I don't know why the fear is so great but it's enough to keep me away im desperately trying to have children with my husband but I don't think I will ever be able to has anyone gone thru any of this please help im terrified of Drs :(

Nov 05, 2015
Desperately seeking answers
by: Joy

Hi there

Perhaps it’s just as well that you have been apprehensive about visiting doctors, they would have probably put you on the contraceptive pill and other drugs. All drug based contraceptives have a potential to cause harm. I feel that you should try progesterone therapy, it is natural. Should you decide to try it, please use the cream every day with no breaks at all. I can’t tell you how long it will take before you notice a difference but you will. Usually we advise to use progesterone for 2-6 months, before positive signs are felt, but it may take you longer, or you may benefit within 2 months. I feel you should start on 200mg/6ml per day but please make sure that you use a cream that is strong enough and does not come mixed with parabens etc.

Please read How to use Progesterone Cream, Estrogen Dominance, Pregnancy and Menstrual Cycle pages. Also what is your Vitamin D3 level? A deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone and is vital for pregnancy and the unborn child.

Hope this helps.

Nov 09, 2015
I haven't seen my periods for 5 years and i don't use contraception.
by: Anonymous

The last time i see my periods it was 2010 before my pregnancy,after birth i only use contraception twice then i stopped and now is 2015 i have n't seen any menstruation since 2011.I have visited best gynecologist,but they say its normal and i can conceive at any time.I always eel pain in my abdominal when I sit or working.
What is the cause?

Nov 15, 2015
no period for almost 4 years
by: neh angel

Hi, i'm 16 period start came when i was almost 12 and it came regularly.
But since last 4 years and till now,my period had came only for 2 or 3 time.
i have been to a different doctors 2 time and tell them about my problem, but they say it was normal.
But i'm worry that it could cause harm to my health and also difficult to have children in the future.
Does anyone have an idea what should i do?

Nov 18, 2015
No period for almost 4 years
by: Joy

Hi Neh Angel

All the information that you need can be found in this thread, please read it as well as the links provided.

Nov 19, 2015
Getting better
by: DD

Hi guys, I wrote a post some time before.
I haven't had menstruation in about 3 years. This summer I decided to take every test necessery, and take some action about it. I tested my hormones and it turned out I had high cortisol and insulin resistance. Two years ago I was diagnosed with PCOS, so my doctor said that insulin resistance is probably what led me to PCOS.
That's when she suggested me to start taking contraceptive pills to induce first menstruation. I didn't like the idea, so I turned to natural medicine. I figured, maybe I should give it a shot before taking such a big step like hormonal therapy.
Firstly, I looked into insulin resistance and found what diet is most fitting for it. I cut out sugars, white flower in all forms, some dairy like milk and yoghurt and food with extended shelf life... I started eating clean.
Secondly, I turned to homeophaty.
I started both in august 16th, and I got my first period in septembar 28th!
After more than 2 years, I got my first period, and it was real not like the ones I used to have, lasting day or two. This period lasted 7 days.
I still haven't had my second period and this is day 52 of my cycle but that is still a big step forward, don't you think?

I encourage you all to give natural medicine a shot before going into hormonal therapies. And most importantly try changing your diet and make it work for you and take those steps of healthy living you always knew you should take. Go for a walk, start moving, sleep all counts! :)

Nov 30, 2015
No period for 3 and a half years
by: Anonymous

I am 29 years old and I have now gone 3 and a half years without my period and before that I went 6 years. They put me on progesterone and clomid and got pregnant and after I had my daughter I'm back to no periods drs are not sure what's going on other than my hormones are low.I was going threw hormone replacement therapy but had to stop because they think I may have lymphoma, so until they know for sure no more hormone replacement therapy for me.

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