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Is there a cure for amenorrhea?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

For many women with amenorrhea, they can regulate their menstrual cycles with a healthy lifestyle that balances nutrition, exercise, and stress. But some causes of amenorrhea require medication such as oral contraceptives to treat a hormonal imbalance. For those youngsters with primary amenorrhea due to delayed puberty, they can take a hormone supplement of progestin or even estrogen to encourage the effects of puberty including menstruation and breast development. If hypogonadrotropic hypogonadism is the cause (a problem with the hypothalamus or pituitary gland), it can be treated with growth and other hormones. However, some of the underlying causes of amenorrhea cannot be cured. For example, genetic disorders which reduce the number of eggs a woman produces or a birth defect that affects reproductive organs do not have cures. Women diagnosed with premature menopause or primary ovarian insufficiency cannot be cured of their amenorrhea because their supply of eggs cannot be replaced after it is gone.

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