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Why didn't I get periods after quitting birth control?


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Answered by

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Vinodhini J.

Published At February 19, 2020
Reviewed AtApril 16, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I do not get my period for over a year after stopping birth control. I have stopped the birth control pill last year and have not had a period yet. I do eat a very healthy diet and do not do excessive sport. My periods before being on birth control were regular and I do not have a history of PCOS. Why am I not getting a period? I do not want to go back on the pill. What can I do instead?

I have attached my lab reports.

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and your hormonal profile is normal just that progesterones are way too low indicating that you are not ovulating and hence no menses. Sometimes, amenorrhoea is seen after prolonged use of oral contraception, however, this can be given a restart by offering a withdrawal bleed with progesterones.

You can be prescribed progesterone-only pills for five days and in the next three to five days, and you shall get withdrawal bleed. You can discuss it with your medical provider and opt for the same.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Do you think my testosterone is too high? Do my FSH and LH ratio indicates PCOS?

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

The FSH/LH (follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone) ratio is reversed. Yes, which by books indicate PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). But again for one to diagnose with PCOS, both clinical and ultrasound criteria have to be fulfilled.

One needs to have acne, hirsutism, acanthosis nigricans, reversal of FSH/ LH ratio and most importantly the presence of multiple sub centimetric follicles in each ovary more than ten in each. Also, the AMH (anti-Mullerian hormone) levels of more than four depict PCOS. The free testosterone levels are normal but total is borderline high indicating SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin) binding to testosterone, again a sign of PCOS.

Nevertheless, even if you satisfy the PCOS criteria (both clinical and ultrasound), still a withdrawal bleed would be mandatory before initiating treatment for PCOS.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sameer Kumar
Dr. Sameer Kumar

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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