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Menopause

Sudden Loss of Period

04/14/2011

Question:

Hi, I am just curious if it is normal to suddenly stop having periods when going through menopause? I am 48, healthy and have always been regular on time to the day. Four months ago I just completely stopped having them. No spotting or anything. Is that normal or something to have checked out? Thanks so much.

Answer:

It is unusual, but not impossible to "just stop."  If there is any chance that you could be pregnant, you should have a pregnancy test to be sure.  There are also other reasons to miss periods, like stress (either positive or negative), change in medications, or illness, but not usually for 4 months.

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Response by:

Linda A Bernhard, PhD, RN Linda A Bernhard, PhD, RN
Professor Emeritus
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University