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wonder_woman
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Hey there scarleteen! I was wondering about Post Pill Amenorrhea. basically, I stopped using my pill mid-pack (i didn't realize that it's best to stop at the end of the pack.) I had what I assumed was a withdrawal bleed "periods" a few days after stopping, but nothing since for more than a month. How common is this, really? Should I worried here?
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Robin Lee
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Hi wonder_woman,

This is not uncommon. It can take a few months after stopping any sort of hormonal birth control for a body's hormonal systems to sort themselves out.

Also, amenorrhea is generally when someone has missed several periods in a row (I can't recall just now what the diagnostic criteria are) so what you're experiencing right now isn't technically amenorrhea as I understand it.

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wonder_woman
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Ok thanks. I've read on these boards a few times that after activities that are listed as not significant pregnancy risk activities, that if your period goes MIA then in might make sense to test yourself for pregnancy.

I suppose in my situation coming off of birth control can be thought of as the cause of an MIA period, and wouldn't really call for a test since the only sexual activity I've had falls under the "no significant risk" category, right?

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