What is amenorrhea?

Amenorrhea is a menstrual condition characterized by absent menstrual periods for more than three monthly menstrual cycles. Amenorrhea may be classified as primary or secondary.

What causes amenorrhea?

There are several possible causes of amenorrhea, including:

How is amenorrhea diagnosed?

Diagnosis begins with a gynecologist/care provider evaluating a patient's medical history and a complete physical examination including a pelvic examination. A diagnosis of amenorrhea can only be certain when the physician/care provider rules out other menstrual disorders, medical conditions, or medications that may be causing or aggravating the condition. In addition, a diagnosis of amenorrhea requires that a woman miss at least three consecutive menstrual cycles, without being pregnant. Young women who haven't had their first menstrual period by age 15 should be evaluated promptly, as making an early diagnosis and starting treatment as soon as possible is very important.

How is amenorrhea treated?

Specific treatment for amenorrhea will be determined by your physician based on:

Treatment for amenorrhea may include:

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