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Can menstrual problems be detected early?

Some menstrual problems may be detected early. For example, a girl is diagnosed with amenorrhea (the lack of menstruation) if she has not had her first period by age 16. However, a doctor may start checking for problems if a girl has not developed pubic hair, breasts, or other evidence of puberty by age 13. Hormone treatments may be given to prompt puberty.

Another menstrual problem that can be detected early is polycystic ovary syndrome. This disorder is marked by erratic periods, acne, and male characteristics such as abundant hair on the face and body. Polycystic ovary syndrome can increase a woman's risk for serious problems such as diabetes and stroke, but these complications are less likely if the disorder is diagnosed and treated early.

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