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Going Deeper, Weird & Wonderful What you should know about amenorrhea

Today, Thiloyarmay will talk about amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation), a topic every woman should be aware of.

There are two types of which have been known by Mayo Clinic, Primary is when a girl hasn’t begun her first period by age 15. Secondary is when a woman misses her period for 3 to 6 months in a row.

Primary is simple. If your daughter doesn’t have her first period by 15 years old, consult with a doctor and get necessary tests. Mostly girls have their first period between 8 years to 13 years. If you are doubtful about why your daughter might not be having her period before she is 15 years of age, it is fine to get a test too.

Secondary is mostly found in women approaching menopause and pregnant women. Mostly it is usually mistaken for pregnancy. If you don’t get treatment for this type of , a tumor could form in the pituitary gland and could potentially lead to death.

The pituitary gland is referred to as the body’s “master gland” and when there is a tumor, it will cause missing periods, low sex drive, weight changes (gain or lose), frequent urination, pain in the pelvic region, weakness in vision, hair fall, excess facial hair, drops in body temperature and respiration problems.

There are many things that cause . Generally, women miss their period during pregnancy and breastfeeding. can also occur as a side effect of cancer treatments, depression treatments, allergy treatments and while on other kinds of medication.

can also be caused by hormone changes while approaching menopause, hypothyroidism, severely underweight, an extreme exercise pattern and an eating disorder. Moreover, a genetic or chromosomal defect can be a cause of . These facts are medically reviewed by drug.com on July 2019.

When you experience the above-mentioned symptoms, the following are the check list to do:
• Have a pregnancy test
• Check thyroid functions
• Check ovary functions
• Checks for the pituitary gland
• Checking of testosterone levels
• Blood tests
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan (i.e. MRI scan of the brain)

So, if you don’t have your first period by age 15 or experience abnormal symptoms while approaching menopause, consult with a doctor first. As prevention is better than cure, it is best to get treatment while on the early stages not only for but also for all kinds of diseases. Even some curable diseases can lead to death when they don’t receive treatment in time.

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