Why Do Periods Stop? Understanding the Causes and When to Seek Medical Attention

We talk a lot about periods at POP.  But with all the talk in the media about Menopause and the natural end to periods, it got me wondering what about when periods stop prematurely. Why do they stop sometimes?  Is it something to worry about or seek medical attention about?

For many people who menstruate, the regular occurrence of periods is a familiar aspect of life. However, there are instances when periods can suddenly stop, leading to confusion and worry. Understanding why periods stop and when it's appropriate to seek medical advice is crucial for maintaining your health.  We are not doctors, or trained medically in any way, this is just a guide.  If you have any doubts or worries please do talk your doctor.

Pregnancy - yep its a fairly obvious one, though if you aren’t planning a pregnancy it's any easy one to check first.

We know that stress is bad for your physical and mental health.  High levels of stress can disrupt the hormonal balance in the body which can lead to irregular periods or even cessation of menstruation. Chronic stress, anxiety, or sudden traumatic events can all contribute to this disruption.   

Significant weight loss or gain can impact hormone levels, which like stress can affect the menstrual cycle. Extreme dieting, eating disorders, or sudden changes in exercise habits can lead to irregular or absent periods.

Conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or thyroid disorders can cause hormonal imbalances that result in irregular periods or amenorrhea (absence of menstruation).

Certain medications, such as hormonal contraceptives, chemotherapy dor antipsychotics, can interfere with the menstrual cycle and cause periods to stop temporarily or permanently.

When should you seek medical attention?

While occasional missed periods may not be cause for immediate concern, there are situations where it's advisable to consult a healthcare professional.  If periods have stopped for three consecutive cycles or more without an obvious cause such as pregnancy or menopause, it's essential to see a doctor to rule out underlying health issues.

If the cessation of periods is accompanied by severe symptoms such as pelvic pain, excessive hair growth, or sudden weight changes, it could indicate an underlying medical condition that requires attention.

It’s also important to know the if you are trying to conceive while experiencing irregular or absent periods should seek medical advice to address potential fertility issues and explore treatment options.

To sum up, while occasional fluctuations in the menstrual cycle are normal, persistent absence of periods or associated symptoms warrant medical evaluation. 

If you feel something is not quite right in your body, trust you gut and speak to someone who can help.


Have a look at our other POP TALK blogs.

💋  To flush or not to flush?

💋  How International Women's Day all began 

💋  What does Period "Equity" mean?

💋  What is Period Poverty?

💋 What is Menstrual Hygiene Day all about?


Together, we can work towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly future for all.