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Should I talk to my doctor about my amenorrhea?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Menstrual irregularities can be normal for the first few years of menstruation following puberty, but amenorrhea can signify a more serious condition or disorder. Adolescents with abnormal cycles for three months between periods should be assessed. Sometimes stress or illness can cause amenorrhea and your menstrual cycle can return to normal by itself. But if you cannot resume your regular menstrual cycle after six months, contact your primary care physician or gynecologist, who can help you determine the cause of your amenorrhea and begin treatment. Some women whose menstruation cycles tend to be irregular might not be alarmed until six months of amenorrhea, but some women who are usually very regular may want to see a doctor after three months have passed. If you are sexually active and generally healthy, you may be pregnant and you should see your primary care physician as soon as possible. Make sure you are armed with a record of your usual cycle, a list of any medications and dosages you take, and your general medical history when you see your doctor so you can be best diagnosed.

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