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How should I prepare for an appointment to diagnose amenorrhea?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

You should see a doctor if you have reached the age of 16 without starting menstruation or if you have already started, but have missed three periods in a row. It is important that you are prepared for an appointment with your doctor to diagnose the cause of your amenorrhea because you will have a short amount of time to rule out a lot of possible causes. It is helpful to bring a record of your normal menstrual cycles so you can have a timeline of when your amenorrhea started. You can also bring a list of medications you are currently taking and their dosages to help determine if that is the cause. Be prepared to answer questions about any family history of amenorrhea, your level of sexual activity, eating or exercising habits, or any surgeries or injuries you have recently experienced. Your doctor will help you determine the cause of your amenorrhea and begin discussing treatment options.

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