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Irregular Periods in Girls (Amenorrhea)

Key points about amenorrhea

  • Amenorrhea is when a girl’s menstrual bleeding (period) doesn’t occur.
  • Primary amenorrhea is when the first menstrual bleeding at puberty doesn’t occur by age 15. Secondary amenorrhea is when normal menstrual bleeding stops occurring for 3 months or more.
  • Amenorrhea has many causes, including hormone problems, eating habits and exercise, or a birth defect.
  • Your child may need blood tests and a pelvic ultrasound.
  • Treatment may be done with hormones or other medicines, changes in diet or exercise, and calcium supplements.
  • A girl with amenorrhea may have thinning bones (osteoporosis) over time, and loss of fertility.
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Pediatric Gynecology Program

When your child needs specialized gynecologic care, Children's National Hospital has the experience and expertise to provide the most appropriate care for younger patients.

Endocrinology and Diabetes

Learn more about the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes which is a nationally recognized leader in treating a variety of endocrine disorders.