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8 Possible Reasons for a Missed Period After Stopping Birth Control

After stopping birth control, it’s normal to miss your period as your cycle regulates itself again. But sometimes another issue is to blame. Here are a few reasons why you may not be getting your period as expected.

How Birth Control Affects Your Menstrual Cycle

In a healthy person, the menstrual cycle regulates pretty quickly—often within three to six cycles of stopping birth control; however, bear in mind that hormonal side effects may take longer to clear out of the system.

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How Hormonal Imbalance Can Impact Fertility (And What You Can Do About It)

Hormones are chemicals primarily made in the endocrine glands. These chemicals are released into the bloodstream and act as messengers to help the body communicate between cells. Hormonal imbalance occurs when there is too much or too little of a certain hormone or hormones in the blood.

To determine if hormonal imbalance may be impacting your fertility, you can use an at-home hormone imbalance test. Your doctor may also order lab tests to further investigate your hormone levels. From there, a health care provider can determine an appropriate diagnosis and help you decide which treatments may improve your odds of getting pregnant.

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Healthy Lifestyle choices that can help increase fertility (female fertility)

Healthy lifestyle choices can help. Take steps to:

  • Stay at a healthy weight. Being too overweight or too underweight can keep you from releasing eggs, called ovulation, and having regular cycles.
  • Prevent sexually transmitted infections. Infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are a leading cause of not being able to conceive.
  • Try not to work the night shift. Working the night shift all the time might affect your hormone levels. This can raise the risk of not being fertile. If you do work the night shift, try to get enough sleep when you’re not working.
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