What is it?

Amenorrhea is defined as an absence of menstruation.
Primary amenorrhea - absence of menstruation in someone who has not had a period by age 15.
Secondary amenorrhea - absence of three or more periods in a row by someone who has had periods in the past.
The most common cause of amenorrhea is pregnancy. Unbalanced hormone levels can cause primary or secondary amenorrhea.

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Signs & symptoms

Besides the lack of menstrual periods, amenorrhea can accompanied with the following symptoms:
- Hair loss
- Excess facial hair
- Pelvic pain
- Acne
- Milky nipple discharge


Based on your symptoms and medical history, your GYN would probably conduct a gynecological test. He or she may refer you to further tests, such as:
- Pregnancy test.
- Thyroid function test.
- Ovary function test.
- Prolactin levels.
- Male hormone test.


Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your amenorrhea. Treatment options include:
- Contraceptive pills.
- Weight loss
- Thyroid medications
- Surgery

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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