Question:

What are some reasons you might stop getting your period?

EXPERT ANSWER
You may have heard the word "menopause" before, or perhaps heard this transition in a woman's life referred to as "the change." Just as girls start their period as they go through puberty, women stop getting their period (menstruating) when they go through menopause. This typically happens when women are between 40-60 years old, and is a normal and healthy part of female development.

Women stop getting their periods for other reasons as well. When you are pregnant, your menstrual cycle is put "on hold" in order to support the growth of a baby. However, there are a number of other reasons that womens' periods may stop, usually temporarily. These can include stress, weight loss, increased exercise, or hormonal imbalances. Also, it often takes several years for girls' periods to become regular.  So if your period "goes missing," the best thing you can do is talk to your healthcare provider, who will be able to evaluate your situation and help you get back on track if necessary.
MOM ANSWER
There could be many reasons why you stop getting your period. If it has just started, it takes time for your cycle to adjust, so it might disappear for a while. Mine was a bit unreliable when I first got it, spotty at best, and then my birth control shot completely erased my period for a few years. That was scary, especially because the administrators forgot to mention that potential reaction and I thought I was pregnant! It's important to know that, if you don't get your period for 3 or more months in a row, you should talk to a healthcare professional.
PEER ANSWER
I know that, in the past, if mine ever stopped my first thought was, "OMG, I'm pregnant!" But before you start to worry, there are a lot of other reasons your period can stop: extreme exercise, stress, and major weight loss, to name a few. Take a step back, think about your recent environment and lifestyle to see if these are not possible factors and do what you can to correct them. And of course, if you are missing several periods in a row, talk to your healthcare professional.
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