Amenorrhea is an absence of menstrual cycles, normally three or more. There are two types of amenorrhea: primary and secondary. Women with primary amenorrhea have never had a menstrual cycle. Women with secondary amenorrhea have had cycles in the past but no longer have them.
Possible causes of secondary amenorrhea:
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Stopping the use of birth control
- Extreme weight loss
- Poor nutrition
- Being overweight
- Over exercising
- Dysfunction of the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes
- Premature menopause
- Thyroid gland disorders
- Breast discharge
- Change in breast size
- Vaginal dryness
- Hirsutism (excess facial and body hair)
A blood test is administered to check hormone levels and an ultrasound may done to check for reproductive abnormalities.
Losing or gaining weight could help with irregular cycles.
Medication might be used to treat hormonal or gland-related amenorrhea. Abnormalities of reproductive structures may require surgery in order to regulate the menstrual cycle.
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Regional One Health Reproductive Medicine