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What is primary amenorrhea?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
No period by age 16: Primary amenorrhea describes a situation in which a girl does not have her first period by age 16. This may or may not be associated with lack of physical changes such as a growth spurt, hair growth in the pubic and underarm areas, and breast development.
Dr. Joseph Peter
Adolescent Medicine 41 years experience
Thanks for asking!: Menarche [ menstrual cycle] is one of the latest signs of puberty .Primary amenorrhea is absence of menarche with normal pubertal development.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Never had a period: If your brain isn't signalling for an egg release from your ovary, you won't have a signal for your periods either; that's usually the cause of amenorrhea. Often it's a hormonal imbalance--Thyroid, Prolactin, LH, FSH, Hcg should be checked. Your doctor can also induce a period as well w/ OCPs. If you've NEVER had a period, you should get an US to make sure you have normal uterus/vagina/ovaries.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What could be the cause of the primary amenorrhea?

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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Several : It could just be late puberty, but it could be a pituitary problem (like prolactin over secretion or pituitary hormone deficiencies), an ovarian problem (like turners syndrome) or a structural problem (like congenital absence if the uterus). Depending on age and family history, a thorough work up should be done.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What causes primary amenorrhea?

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Dr. Linda DiMeglio
Pediatric Endocrinology 28 years experience
Variety of problems: Primary amenorrhea can stem from a variety of causes. These range from problems with the uterus and or outflow tract, to problems with the brain regulation of the ovaries or problems with the ovaries themselves, to amenorrhea due to too little body fat or too excessive stress. Some girls will simply have delayed puberty without any identifiable cause as well. Girls who have not started sexual development by the age of 14 or have not had menstrual cycles by the age of 16 merit evaluation by an endocrinologist.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is amenorrhea?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology 24 years experience
Amenorrhea: Is the absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age.

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