This is the absence of menstruation, which means one or more missed menstrual periods. Women who have missed at least three periods in a row, they have amenorrhea.
Causes of Amenorrhea:
Some of the common causes include;
- Being overweight
- Taking contraceptive pill
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Sudden weight loss
- The menopause
Symptoms of Amenorrhea:
Some of the common symptoms include;
- Vision changes
- Hair loss
- Milky nipple discharge
- Pelvic pain
- Excess facial hair
Treatments for Amenorrhea:
Initially, the doctor will ask you about your menstrual function since puberty, your lifestyle and your sexual activity. They will want to know about any other condition you may be suffering from and what medication you are on.
They will probably carry out a physical examination and want to take a blood sample. The blood sample is usually for the measurement of hormones such as human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Prolactin. Other hormones which may be measured are thyroid hormones, testosterone and estradiol. But blood analysis depends on what the doctor finds out from you and what he suspects may be the cause of your amenorrhea.
Other, later tests may include ultrasound scanning of the ovaries and possibly a scan of the head, genetic investigation and further blood tests.
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