By Cody Frank

Amenorrhoea is defined as an absent period. Around 1 in 25 women will experience Amenorrhoea in their life. It typically occurs in young women/teenagers who are professional dancers, athletes and gymnasts. Missing your period can cause many women to panic. Below is a breakdown of the underlying medical conditions that can occur (if it’s not pregnancy) and are helpful to be aware about. Your doctor (gynecologist) is the best person to ask your questions to and will refer you to a specialist if needed.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition when your ovaries do not regularly release an egg. (ovulate). This can often be controlled with hormonal treatment such as birth control.

Hypothalamic amenorrhoea is when the part of the brain that controls the menstrual cycle stops working accurately. Usually it is believed to be triggered by excessive weight loss, stress, or exercise. Treatment consists of cutting down on exercise and achieving a healthy weight.

Hyperprolactinaemia is when a person has abnormally high levels of the the hormone prolactin in their blood.

Premature ovarian failure is when the ovaries stop working in women who have not reached the natural age of menopause. (Around 50 years of age).

Primary amenorrhoea is when a women has not started her period by the common age.

Treatments for absent periods are established based on the cause. Doctors may recommend waiting to see if your period will return or start again. Once in a while your period cannot be restored with treatment which is known as premature ovarian failure.

Thank you to NHS and Medicine Net for the above information.

Cover photo via Mirror.Co.UK

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