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Question: I have not had my period for a year. After 14 months my period came for 5 days. It came for that one month. It has been a month and a half since that and I have not had my period. Could this be a problem? Lisa

Answer: Dear Lisa,

Missing periods can be caused by normal or premature menopause. Menopause starts when a woman's ovaries stop producing eggs and the body produces less estrogen and progesterone. Menopause usually starts between the ages of 45 and 55.

During menopause, some women's periods stop suddently while others experience irregular periods that are widely spaces or occur very closely.

Other symptoms of menopause include:

- Hot flashes
- Insomnia
- Urinary tract infections
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings





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