Amenorrhea

By Josie

Causes of the Disease

Amenorrhea is the abnormal absence of menstruation. Some of the natural causes would be pregnancy, breastfeeding, or menopause. Amenorrhea could be a side effect of medication or a sign of a medical problem. One of the most common causes of unnatural Amenorrhea is hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance can be caused by:

- tumors in the pituitary gland

- an overactive thyroid gland

- low estrogen levels

- high testosterone levels

You are more likely to have Amenorrhea if you:

- are obese

- exercise too much or for long periods of time

- have very low body fat

- have severe anxiety or emotional distress

- sudden loss of weight

Signs and Symptoms

Other than not menstruating, some signs of Amenorrhea are:

- changes in breast size

- weight gain or loss

- discharge from breasts

- acne and increased hair growth

- vaginal dryness

- voice changes

Ways to Contract/Treat/Cure the Disease

There are more common ways to treat Amenorrhea, like:

- birth control pills

- estrogen replacement therapy (ERT)

Some surgical treatments are:

- Uterine scarring

- Shrinking a pituitary tumor

5 Facts

- Primary Amenorrhea happens if you haven't had your first period by 16

- Secondary Amenorrhea happens if you haven't gotten your period in at least 6 months

- You can still get pregnant if you have Amenorrhea

- Medical treatments for Amenorrhea can increase the chances of pregnancy

- If other women in your family have had Amenorrhea, you are more likely to get it