Hello, I am a bit concerned, I went off the birth control pill in January after being on for about 10 years.
I know that it is normal for your body to take a while to begin menstruating on its own, so i am wondering if it is normal... I havent had a period yet? (i took a pregnancy test, so no worries there)
Background that might be important : years ago i was half diagnosed with PCOS..there were cysts on my ovaries and my DHEA was elevated. But since eating paleo, losing weight, my blood work shows my DHEA levels back to normal etc.. so my doc said that its not really a concern anymore.
My question is, how long do i wait until it becomes unhealthy to not be menstruating? Does it become a problem? Is 2 months not long enough?
any other experiences would help...
The weird part is my body still cycles hormonally...still every 3 weeks, i get insane cravings and feel so tired etc...but i haven't had a period.
Thanks in advance!
When I went off the pill 7 years ago, I think it took 3-4 months to come back. Also, I had the joy of acne and insane mood swings to accompany the lack of steady hormones. It all gets back to normal, but I think your body is just slightly confused right now and it should work itself out.
I would go to the doctor to get it checked out just in case. No point in waiting a few months if something might be up. If you already have a history of PCOS, you probably want an endocrinologist or OBGYN on your side while you stop long-term hormonal birth control, because you really want to make sure no cysts begin to form. Making sure your thyroid is ship-shape throughout these major hormonal changes is just a good idea in general too.
In my experience of going off hormonal birth control, the first time (after 5 years) I got my period a few days late, but it started the very next month. The second time, it didn't come back right away, but I only missed one month. My cycle is relatively irregular, but it still came back pretty quick, so I think if I was in your position it would be better to make sure your hormones are all good, rather than waiting 4 or 5 months, then coming in and finding out something was a just a little off the whole time.
Another thing to consider would be external factors- stress (physical and emotional), sleep loss, calorie deficiency etc etc could be contributing to a lack of menses.
Ok, I snatch the opportunity and ask about my problem here. Hope you don't mind and would be so polite to answer. I haven't got period since december... And I wonder, is that because I've lost 14kg? Maybe my body fat is too low now (it's 10%)? I know that I should see a doctor (and I will, hopefully soon) but how can I fix this without putting on weight? I'm 170cm/52kg now.
good idea to get it checked out by doctor. Also consider acupuncture, if you can find a good practitioner. My periods stopped low lh, estrodial etc but 6 months of acupuncture helped me. I think it's a good sign you seem to be cycling, I found that for a few months before I actually had a bleed.
Same thing happened to me. I started Paleo, at the same time stopped my birth control. It took 8 or 9 months before it came back. It happeneds when youve taken birth control for so long. Doctor said it was fine, my hormones just needed to readjust themselves!