How do I manage primary amenorrhea on a daily basis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Primary amenorrhea may require daily management if the cause is related to lifestyle factors or requires daily medications. If your primary amenorrhea is caused by a weight issue or malnutrition, then a change to your lifestyle will be required. Diet and nutrition will need to be dealt with on a daily basis to make sure that you are at a healthy weight for your age and height and that you are getting all your nutritional needs met.

Other illnesses affect primary amenorrhea by creating hormone imbalances and nutrient absorption problems that often cause the condition. Hormone imbalances can be created by illnesses that affect the glands in a girl's body that produce necessary hormones for growth and development. Conditions like Cushing's disease, hypothyroidism and adrenogenital syndrome are all illnesses that affect the way your body produces hormones that ultimately affect growth and development.

Cystic fibrosis and celiac disease are two illnesses that prevent a young girl's body from being able to absorb the necessary vitamins and minerals required to develop at a normal rate. Both illnesses essentially cause malnutrition and can delay development, including the beginning of menstruation.

Caring for someone with primary amenorrhea requires supporting them emotionally and working with a doctor to monitor their symptoms. One of the hardest parts of dealing with primary amenorrhea is the emotional toll it may take on the young women affected by it. Be prepared to support them as they go through feelings of being different and the possible social scrutiny of appearing underdeveloped. Talk to their doctor if they seem depressed or if they are hurting themselves in any way.

It may also be necessary to assist their doctor in monitoring any symptoms they may have of primary amenorrhea. Let their doctor know if their menstrual cycle begins or if they start to exhibit signs of entering or completing puberty.

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