Resuming periods after stopping the pill

Q: I was on birth control pills for two years and decided to stop taking them six months ago. I have not had a period since then. Can you recommend any natural treatments that will help jumpstart my period?

A: Absence of a menstrual period after stopping the pill is not uncommon, but definitely not something you want to persist unless you’re in your late forties.

You probably need a comprehensive health evaluation and treatment plan. It is probably still possibly to restart your menses but it will take a knowledgeable naturopathic physician to help you.

You can try this plan for three more months. If you don’t get a response, I would encourage you to see your health care practitioner:


  • Chaste tree berry liquid extract – 1/2 tsp. a day or 1 pill of a “standardized extract” that contains 175 mg. 
  • Borage/flax oil – 2 caps, 2 times a day 
  • Vitamin A – 50,000 IU a day 
  • Natural progesterone cream – apply 1/4 tsp. 2 times a day, 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off


Good luck, and take care.

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