Amenorrhea is also known as the absence of the menstrual cycle. Typically, this term is used when there is a lack of menstrual discharge at least three consecutive times or if the patient is 15 (fifteen) years old and has not had their menstrual cycle yet. In addition to pregnancy, problems with the reproductive organs or glands that participate in regulating the levels of hormones can be regarded as the possible causes of amenorrhea.


What kind of diseases can be associated with amenorrhea?

The following diseases may be associated with amenorrhea:

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for amenorrhea?

The treatment for amenorrhea depends on its cause. Sometimes it can be useful to take contraceptives based on hormones and other times, for instance if the thyroid pituitary gland is involved, it is necessary to take specific drugs.

If amenorrhea is determined by the presence of a tumour or a systemic problem, a surgical intervention is necessary.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of amenorrhea?

If the menstruation is absent over three successive cycles a doctor should be consulted. A consultation is also required for females who have turned 15 years old but have never had a menstrual bleeding.