What do I need to know when caring for someone with amenorrhea?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Amenorrhea can have a number of causes and can happen to almost any woman. If someone you know has not had a menstrual period or displayed other signs of puberty by the age of 16, they have primary amenorrhea and need to visit the doctor to see if they have a serious reproductive or hormonal disorder. If you know someone who has not menstruated in at least three to six months, they may be pregnant. If this is not an option, ask them about any drugs they are taking (such as birth control, antidepressants, or even hallucinogens), or any uterine surgeries they might have had. If all else fails, they may be suffering from a number of different conditions, including: high stress levels, anorexia or bulimia, a hormonal imbalance, or a reproductive disorder. It is important that they see a doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment. Help them to maintain a healthy lifestyle that balances nutrition and exercise, while practicing stress management on a daily basis.

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