Missed Menstrual Periods Overview
Another name for Missed Menstrual Periods is Amenorrhea.
What is amenorrhea?
A woman with amenorrhea does not have menstrual periods. Amenorrhea is a condition that occurs before menopause. Amenorrhea may manifest as failure to begin menstrual periods during puberty, or the absence of menstrual periods for more than 3 months in a woman who has started menstrual periods and is not pregnant.
What are the symptoms of amenorrhea?
Amenorrhea is more of a symptom than a diagnosis, since there is usually some underlying cause for the absent menstrual periods.
How does the doctor treat amenorrhea?
Treatment for amenorrhea may include weight reduction and regular exercise for obesity. Those who are underweight may need to gain weight and restrict exercise intensity. Hormone replacement therapy, such as oral contraceptives, may help to re-establish regular menstrual cycles.
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