What is amenorrhea, absence of menstrual periods?« Back to Questions List

Amenorrhea refers to the absence of menstrual periods; it may be either primary (meaning a woman never developed menstrual periods) or secondary (absence of menstrual periods in a woman who was previously menstruating).

Pregnancy is an obvious cause of amenorrhea and is the most common reason for secondary amenorrhea.

Amenorrhea that is not related to pregnancy or the menopausal transition (time when there has been no menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months and no other biological or physiological cause can be identified, and the female is at the end of her biologically-determined child bearing years) should be further investigated to rule out serious conditions that may result in amenorrhea.

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Asked on July 4, 2021 8:52 pm