Amenorrhea | Treatment


What should I do if I think I have amenorrhea?

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:

  • If you could be pregnant, take a home pregnancy test.
  • If your periods aren't the same every month, write down when they start and how long they last. Then give this information to your doctor.
  • Find out if you have any family members with similar menstrual problems.
  • Remember that it is still possible to get pregnant even if you aren't having regular periods every month.

How is amenorrhea treated?

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.


Amenorrhea: Evaluation and Treatment by T Master-Hunter, MD, and DL Heiman, MD (American Family Physician April 15, 2006,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 04/06