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
Bullshit
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
I HAVENT HAD A PERIOD IN 3 IN A HALF YEARS IM 21
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
I HAVENT HAD A PERIOD IN 3 IN A HALF YEARS IM 21
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
Sjay
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 why...you 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.

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