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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 three months or more.
  • Amenorrhea has many causes, including hormone problems, eating habits and exercise or a birth defect.
  • Your teen 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.
  • What is amenorrhea?
  • What causes amenorrhea in girls?
  • Who is at risk for amenorrhea in girls?
  • What are the symptoms of amenorrhea in girls?
  • How is amenorrhea diagnosed in girls?
  • How is amenorrhea treated in girls?
  • What are possible complications of amenorrhea in girls?
  • What can I do to prevent amenorrhea in girls?
  • When should I call my teen’s health care provider?