Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation. It can be one or more missed menstrual periods. Women who have missed at least three menstrual periods in a row have amenorrhea, expect those who haven't begun menstruating
The most common cause of amenorrhea is pregnancy. Other causes of amenorrhea include problems with the reproductive organs or with the glands that help regulate hormone levels.
The main sign of amenorrhea is the absence of menstrual periods. Depending on the cause of amenorrhea, you might experience other signs or symptoms along with the absence of periods, such as
Milky nipple discharge
Excess facial hair
Amenorrhea can occur for a variety of reasons. Some are normal during the course of a woman's life, while others may be a side effect of medication or a sign of a medical problem.
During the normal course of your life, you may experience amenorrhea for natural reasons, such as:
Some women who take birth control pills may not have periods. Even after stopping oral contraceptives, it may take some time before regular ovulation and menstruation return.
Certain medications can cause menstrual periods to stop, including some types of
Antipsychotics, Cancer chemotherapy, Antidepressants, Blood pressure drugs, Allergy medications
Sometimes lifestyle factors contribute to amenorrhea, for instance
Low body weight. Especially Women who have an eating disorder
Excessive exercise. Women who participate in activities that require rigorous training may find their menstrual cycles interrupted.
Factors That May Increase Your Risk Of Amenorrhea May Includes
Athletic training. Rigorous athletic training can increase your risk of amenorrhea.
Complications May Include
Infertility. If you don't ovulate and have menstrual periods, you can't become pregnant.
Weakening of your bones.
Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your amenorrhea. In some cases, contraceptive pills or other hormone therapies can restart your menstrual cycles.
Some Lifestyle Factors
Such as too much exercise or too little food can cause amenorrhea, so strive for balance in work, recreation and rest. Assess areas of stress and conflict in your life. If you can't decrease stress on your own, ask for help from family, friends or your doctor.
Be aware of changes in your menstrual cycle and check with your doctor if you have concerns. Keep a record of when your periods occur. Note the date your period starts, how long it lasts and any troublesome symptoms you experience.
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