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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Sudden Loss of Period
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.
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.
Linda A Bernhard, PhD, RN
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University