Amenorrhea is a lack of menstrual periods. Primary amenorrhea is when a young woman does not start her periods, usually by age 15. Secondary amenorrhea is when a menstruating woman misses one or more periods. If you are experiencing missed periods, our gynecology specialists at FEM Women’s Wellness offers treatment for amenorrhea at our clinic in the Lake Tahoe, Reno and Carson City, NV, area.
The most common reason for primary amenorrhea is hormonal problems. If a young woman has not received her first period by age 15, hormone testing can be performed to determine if she has an imbalance. Primary amenorrhea can also be caused by anatomical abnormalities, including birth defects in the development of the uterus, cervix or other reproductive structures.
Secondary amenorrhea is more common. The main reasons for missing periods are natural occurrences such as pregnancy or menopause, but if pregnancy or menopause are not the cause, it is important to ensure there is no other underlying condition. Amenorrhea can be the result of taking certain medications or contraceptives, or anything that causes a hormonal imbalance, such as PCOS or thyroid problems. Other possible causes can include structural reproductive abnormalities and lifestyle changes, such as uterine scarring or excessive weight loss.
The treatment for amenorrhea depends on the cause of the disruption in periods. Anyone who has not had a period by age 15 or misses three or more periods should seek medical diagnosis for amenorrhea. Treatment can include options for achieving hormonal balance or treatment for underlying conditions causing period disruptions. Complications that can occur due to amenorrhea can include infertility and pelvic pain as well as higher risks for conditions such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
If you or your teenager are experiencing amenorrhea, come see us at FEM Women’s Wellness. Our practitioners can explore the possible causes of your missed periods and find the right treatment for your condition. To schedule your exam, contact our office to book your appointment. Call our clinic in the Reno and Lake Tahoe, NV, area to talk to one of our team members.