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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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What does it mean if I have amenorrhea?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
No periods: If you had periods, and now you don't, you could be pregnant, or you could have a hormone abnormality from the pituitary, or hypothyroidism. Women who exercise excessively sometimes stop having periods, or women with anorexia nervosa who get too thin.
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang commented
Endocrinology 52 years experience
If you are young, and continue to have amenorrhea, you will most likely have bone loss due to the lack of estrogen. Young women will usually be treated with hormones if there is no other treatment to restore your periods
Mar 5, 2012
CA
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of amenorrhea?

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
Pregnancy first !!: Must rule out pregnancy first ! if no menses prior (called primary amenorrhea) abve age 15yrs, then anatomical causes also must be considered (lack of uterus, blood flow blockage, etc). If menses took place prior (called secondary amenorrhea) then hormonal causes such as elevated prolactin, testosterone or low thyroid should be considered. Significant weight loss also possible. Talk with your pcp.
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang commented
Endocrinology 52 years experience
The most common cause of secondary amenorrhea, periods stop after a previous history of periods, is stress, physical (illness, injury, poor nutrition, weight loss, too much exercise, and others,) and emotional stress.
Jan 3, 2013
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is oligo-amenorrhea?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Too few periods: Oligo- means few (or little); menorrhea describes menses, or periods. So oligomenorrhea means having too few periods, usually defined as 6 or fewer in 1 year. A- means no, so amenorrhea means no periods.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What should I do if secondary amenorrhea?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Progesterone: Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is synthetic Progesterone the 2nd of two female hormones with estrogen being the other. Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is given to secondary amenorrhea patients to elicit withdrawal bleeding(period). It also helps to reduce the risk of endometrial hyperplasia/cancer in pcos and obese 40+ hypertensive patients at risk.
CA
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you ovulate if you have amenorrhea?

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Dr. Andrea Knittel
Dr. Andrea Knittelanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Sometimes: Although amenorrhea often signals that ovulation isn't happening, you shouldn't assume that you can't get pregnant just because you aren't having regular periods. If you are trying to get pregnant, and have questions about your cycle, you should see a healthcare provider. Similarly, if you aren't having periods and you did previously, you should get checked out!

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