Amenorrhea (say: “ay-men-or-ee-uh”) is when you don't have menstrual periods. There are two types of amenorrhea. Primary amenorrhea is when you haven't ever had a period and you are 16 years of age or older. Secondary amenorrhea is when you have had normal periods but then you don't have one for 3 or more months in a row.
Primary amenorrhea can be caused by the following:
You may develop secondary amenorrhea due to:
You should see your doctor if you think you have amenorrhea. The following things may help you and your doctor figure out the cause of your amenorrhea:
Treatment depends on what is causing your amenorrhea. It may be as simple as changing your diet and exercise program to help you maintain a healthy weight. You may need medicine. Rarely, surgery is needed.
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