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2020-02-13 Amenorrhea

Usefull Information About Amenorrhea

The term amenorrhea refers to the absence of the period. This happens to most women once in their lifetime. It can have different physical and mental causes. Physicians distinguish two types of amenorrhea:

  • Primary amenorrhoea: menstruation has not started by the end of the 16th year.
  • Secondary amenorrhea: the period lasts for several months in women who have had it regularly.

A complex hormonal system controls the female menstruation, the menstrual period. If this system does not work as it should, amenorrhoea can be the result. It may or may not be a sign that something is wrong. Normal and natural, for example, is a missed period after menopause or during pregnancy, breastfeeding and before puberty.

If all this is not the case and the woman still does not get her days or for a long time, this can have different causes. For example, a primary amenorrhoea may be due to a hormonal disorder (eg overproduction of male hormones, Kallmann's syndrome), malformation of the genitals (such as Turner syndrome) or ovarian dysfunction.

If the rule stops, it can have many causes. According to a variety of amenorrhea therapy options. The attending physician must first determine why the period has expired. This is done by means of a patient interview (anamnesis), a physical examination, a pregnancy test and often also by means of hormone analyzes or possibly imaging procedures.

The doctor then adjusts the treatment to the determined trigger. For hormonal causes, he can treat the amenorrhea by medication (eg, hormone donations), during stress, a relaxation course or talks with a psychotherapist can help.

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