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4 Months Without a Period

Published: December 07, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I have gone 4 months with no period. But have had 3 negative home pregnancy tests and no pregnancy symptoms. How likely is it that I could still be pregnant
Signed: 4 Months Without a Period

Dear 4 Months Without a Period,

Young women in their first year or two of menstruating may have irregular periods, however, when a young woman who has had a regular period stops getting her period for 6 months or longer it is referred to as secondary amenorrhea. While one of the causes of secondary amenorrhea is pregnancy, there are many other possible causes such as changes in weight, disordered eating, intense exercising, obesity, chronic illness, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, endocrine problems, ovary problems, or the use of certain contraceptives, medications and herbs.

Since TeenHealthFX cannot know the exact reason for your missed period, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician, gynecologist or adolescent medicine specialist. While it is very unlikely that you would be pregnant since you have had three negative home pregnancy tests during the 4 months you have gone without a period, it is important for your doctor to confirm this. Even if you are not pregnant, it is still important to meet with your doctor so that he/she can determine why you have gone so many months without a period. Once your doctor has a better understanding of why you have missed several periods, he/she can discuss treatment options with you which, depending on the cause of the amenorrhea, might include changing your exercise routines, changing your diet or taking hormones such as progesterone, estrogen or birth control pills.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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