Amenorrhea is when a girl’s menstrual bleeding (period) doesn’t occur. There are 2 types:
Amenorrhea can have many causes, including:
A teen is more at risk for amenorrhea for any of the below reasons:
The main symptom is no menstrual bleeding when it’s expected.
The symptoms of amenorrhea can be like other health conditions. Make sure your teen sees her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
A healthcare provider diagnoses amenorrhea in these cases:
The healthcare provider will ask about your teen’s symptoms and health history. He or she will give your teen a physical exam. The physical exam may include a pelvic exam. Your teen may also have tests, such as:
The healthcare provider may also need to look for other menstrual disorders, health problems, or medicines that may be causing or making the condition worse.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on the cause and how severe the condition is.
Your teen may need to see a gynecologist. This is a doctor who treats the female reproductive system. Treatment for amenorrhea may include:
Talk with your child’s healthcare provider about the risks, benefits, and possible side effects of all treatments.
Possible complications include:
Some preventable causes include eating habits and weight loss or weight gain. Talk with your child’s healthcare provider.
Call the healthcare provider if your child has:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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