Keyword Search: in
An Overview of Amenorrhea
View article disclaimer and terms
Tags: amenorrhea symptoms and treatment

This article has been viewed 2805 times.
Ask us a Question
Email Address
Code ^
The absence of a menstrual period is called “amenorrhea.”  There are two kinds:

•    Primary:  When a young girl has not yet had a period by age 16
•    Secondary:  A woman who used to have a regular period but then stopped for at least three months (this can include pregnancy)

Signs of amenorrhea include:

•    The main sign is missing a menstrual period

A sign of overall good health is having regular periods.  Something is going wrong or you are pregnant if you miss a period.  Always tell your health care provider if you miss a period so he or she can properly assess what is happening.

Amenorrhea is not a disease.  It is a symptom of another condition that needs to be determined by a qualified health care professional.  Other symptoms like headache, vision changes, hair loss or excess facial hair may occur.

Causes of primary amenorrhea include:

•    Chromosomal or genetic abnormalities
•    Hypothalamic or pituitary diseases and physical problems
•    Moderate or excessive exercise
•    Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa
•    Extreme physical or psychological stress

Causes of secondary amenorrhea include:

•    Common causes include many of those listed for primary amenorrhea
•    Pregnancy
•    Certain contraceptives
•    Breastfeeding
•    Mental stress
•    Certain medications
•    Hormonal problems
•    Very low body weight
•    Premature ovarian failure

Are there effective treatments for amenorrhea?

•    The treatment depends upon the underlying cause
•    Sometimes lifestyle changes can help if the cause is weight, stress, or physical activity
•    Medications
•    Contraceptives

For more information:

You can obtain a 24-page booklet in PDF form online entitled, “Do I have Premature Ovarian Failure,” at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development web site.  If you prefer the booklet in print, you can write to:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, DHHS, (2003)
Do I have Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)? (03-5159)
U.S. Government Printing Office
Washington, DC

Source:  National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

By Connie Limon Nursing Student
All rights reserved. Any reproducing of this article must have the author name and all the links intact.


Contact Form

Please use this form to contact Connie Limon
** This form is intended for those with genuine enquiries/questions.

Company (if any)
  To avoid misuse and spamming, please enter the verification code, shown below, to send your message. Thank you
if you can't read the image text to load another one.
Enter Code

Disclaimer and Terms. This article is the opinion of the author. WorldwideHealth.com makes no claims regarding this information. WorldwideHealth.com recommends that all medical conditions should be treated by a physician competent in treating that particular condition. WorldwideHealth.com takes no responsibility for customers choosing to treat themselves. Your use of this information is at your own risk. Your use of this information is governed by WWH terms and conditions.