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How to know if I have secondary amenorrhea or primary amenorrhea?

How to know if I have secondary amenorrhea or primary amenorrhea?

Easy: If you have never had a menstrual period that is by definition primary amenorrhea. In that case usually a woman lacks normal ovaries. If a woman has already had normal menstrual periods for a while and then stops menstruating prematurely (before menopause) then we are dealing with secondary amenorrhea. This usually has a reversible cause that can be diagnosed with simple tests and easily treated. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lang
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Amenorrhea (Definition)

Amenorrhea = absence or missing at least ...Read more


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What's secondary amenorrhea?

What's secondary amenorrhea?

Peroids stop: Primary amenorrhea is when a woman never had a period. If she has had periods and then they stop that is secondary amenorrhea. ...Read more

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What is secondary amenorrhea?

What is secondary amenorrhea?

Lack of periods..: Anytime after you had periods as teenager.

Most common cause is pregnancy! ...Read more

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Is secondary amenorrhea dangerous?

Is secondary amenorrhea dangerous?

Not directly: The loss of periods (amenorrhea) itself is not dangerous, but the cause can be. If due to primary ovarian failure ("premature menopause") you can get early osteoporosis. If due to pcos, it increases the risk of endometrial cancer and diabetes. ...Read more

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How would you trrat secondary amenorrhea?

Hormone challenge: The first step would be to perform a full history and physical exam at the gyn md's office, and rule out pregnancy. If there is no pregnancy, attempt to determine the cause by an initial Progesterone challenge with a pill for 10 days to "induce withdrawal bleeding". If that fails, other studies may be done including a pelvic ultrasound and ancillary blood testing.. ...Read more

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What should I do if secondary amenorrhea?

See a GYN for tests: 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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about secondary amenorrhea?

Multiple: Hi. The term "secondary amenorrhea" generally excludes the trivial causes of pregnancy and menopause. Ergo, assuming it's unexplained, there are genetic causes for premature ovarian failure (e.g., Fragile X Syndrome), gonadal toxicity (e.g., chemotherapy), and hormonal (usually androgens of adrenal or ovarian source). At age 47 (your stated age), I would have to say menopause is most likely. ...Read more

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What are the tests for secondary amenorrhea?

Discuss with doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Any home remedies for secondary amenorrhea?

Any home remedies for secondary amenorrhea?

Maybe - it depends..: Maybe, it depends on what is causing this condition in you. There are many causes, and they are extremely different, so require very different remedies. They vary from weight loss to supplements to accupuncture. Please see your doctor for further information. ...Read more

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How can I recover from secondary amenorrhea?

Get the Gynecol.: Often due to hormonal or dietary changes. Gynecologist and ultrasound of ovaries to exclude possible PCOS. Also it is necessary to get an endocrinologist for full hormonal including adrenal, thyroid and pituitary problems. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have secondary amenorrhea?

Absence of periods: Secondary amenorrhea is defined as absence of periods for more than 6 months in a woman who was having normal menstrual cycles before. ...Read more

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I know what amenorrhea is, but what is secondary?

I know what amenorrhea is, but what is secondary?

Had periods before: Secondary amenorrhea means a woman has had a menstrual period at least once and then stopped getting them. That's in contrast to primary amenorrhea in which the woman has never had a period. ...Read more

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I've had secondary amenorrhea for 2 years! Help?

I've had secondary amenorrhea for 2 years! Help?

Seek help: The only way to figure this out is have a history and exam and some bloodwork. The most likely cause is menopause at your age. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for secondary amenorrhea?

Depends: There are many causes of secondary amenorrhea. Some of the causes can be serious such as a pituitary disorder so you should have a good medical evaluation before trying a home remedy. If that is negative, you are not pregnant and not postmenopausal, stress is the most common cause of secondary amenorrhea. Thus things like yoga, tai chi, meditation, counseling, etc. Would be helpful. ...Read more

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Secondary amenorrhea for 2 years! Help, what can I do?

See a doctor: To do some basic workup and make sure something else is not affected. It s an easy work-up and u ll get the results fast. ...Read more

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What kinds of tests are there that can diagnose secondary amenorrhea?

Pituitary disease: Primary implies an ovarian disorder.
Secondary implies a pituitary disorder. Elevated prolactin, low lh, fsh, high tsh, starvation (anorexia), bulemia and excessive exercise all effect the pituitary axis. Need to have the above hormones checked if there is no other reason (anorexia, excessive exercise...). ...Read more

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How dangerous can secondary amenorrhea be even when there is no symptom?

That depends...: On what is causing the Secondary Amenorrhea, for example, if it was caused by severe anorexia, then that may be serious and need intense treatment, If it is an underlying Thyroid condition, that has just not had any Symptoms yet (other than no period)-than that should be diagnosed and treated, etc. ...Read more

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What kinds of tests are available that can help diagnose why I have secondary amenorrhea?

Hormonal, anatomic: Secondary amenorrhea refers to absence of menstruation, after previous onset at normal age. Anatomic exam and scans (ultrasound or ct) can assess for obstructive processes. Hormonal testing can assess for thyroid dysfunction, pituitary dysfunction, excessive prolactin, and excessive androgens (either from ovary or adrenal) among others. These hormone problems interfere with regular menstruation. ...Read more

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What can I take for secondary amenorrhea? My previous gyno preformed all test to see what was causing it and the all came back fine. I have no dr now

Provera (medroxyprogesterone): Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is a pill which usually will bring on a period if you are not pregnant and your tests are normal. It requires a prescription and if your preg test is negative your former gyn will likely prescribe it. ...Read more