Oral birth control prescriptions are handed out to teenage and young adult women for a variety of reasons, from hormonal acne and painful periods to preventing pregnancy. Years pass and these same women start thinking about having kids, or maybe just want to know how their bodies will feel without the constant influx of synthetic hormones. They stop taking the pill and are surprised to find that their period doesn’t come back for months or sometimes years.
This isn’t everyone’s story, of course. Some women bounce right back and begin ovulating again immediately, or within a few months. But as more and more women who have been on the pill for upwards of 10 years start to come off of it, they’re caught off guard by what is technically called secondary amenorrhea, or not getting a period for three months or more after having had one previously.
Because secondary amenorrhea is such a common problem, there’s quite a bit of advice floating around social media on “getting period back,” particularly among wellness influencers. Supplements seem to work for some, while others end up seeking the help of doctors to trigger a period for them.
If this is something struggling with, a conversation with doctor is always a good first step. Below, find some other actionable things can do.