Amenorrhea

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Women normally do not menstruate before puberty, during pregnancy, and after menopause. If a woman does not get her period when she is of reproductive age, it is a condition called amenorrhea. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Amenorrhea is a condition in which your menstrual periods dont start during puberty, or they stop before you reach menopause.

Anything that disrupts your normal hormone levels can cause amenorrhea. This could be from losing weight, being on a diet or extreme exercise or stress. This may also happen if you have an abnormal vagina, uterus or ovaries. But, this does not always mean that the problem is permanent. You may also have problems if your ovaries arent working, or if there are issues with your thyroid gland or pituitary gland.

Sometimes, your doctor may recommend that you lose or gain weight. This might involve changes in your diet and exercise. Your doctor may also prescribe medicine to help with bone health and hormone levels. Some women may need extra calcium and vitamin D.

Keep a journal of when your periods start and how many days they last. It is still possible to become pregnant even if your periods are not regular.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.