Is it ever normal to experience amenorrhea?

Shelley C. Giebel, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Women can also stop having menstrual cycles on the birth control pills, this is called pill amenorrhea.  The pill generally makes your period shorter and lighter and eventually it can stop altogether.  So if you have just a small amount of brownish mucus during your placebo pills (the non-hormone pills at the end of your pill packet) that would be considered a normal menstrual cycle on the birth control pill. 


The lining of the uterus normally built up during the month is not being produced, so your periods over time will indeed get lighter and shorter.  If the menstrual cycle completely stops, talk to your doctor to possibly switch to a different birth control pill so that you will have a light period so you know you aren't pregnant.

Amenorrhea can be caused by a number of different conditions. Primary amenorrhea (when menstruation has not started by age 16) requires a visit to the doctor because the delay of puberty can indicate an underlying reproductive problem. However, secondary amenorrhea (a break in menstruation after it has already started) can be normal in a woman's development and reproduction. It is normal to experience amenorrhea only in the time before puberty occurs, during pregnancy, during breastfeeding for some women, and after menopause.

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Amenorrhea is characterized by a complete lack of menstrual cycles. This may appear as primary amenorrhea, which is the lack of menstruation before age 16. Secondary amenorrhea occurs in women who have had normal menstrual cycles ...

that have stopped for six months or more. A very long list of reasons exists for amenorrhea, and a doctor will run multiple tests to diagnose the cause. Amenorrhea can be treated with drugs and/or surgery. Sometimes amenorrhea can be remedied if you make changes to your lifestyle habits like taking care of your mental health and/or getting to a healthier weight. If you experience the symptoms of amenorrhea, contact a doctor for further advice.

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