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Periods have stop what does that mean

By Anonymous October 2, 2016 - 8:32pm
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Hi vrunda

Thanks for reaching out to EmpowHER!

You have not given us any information about yourself. How old are you? Have you been unwell recently or did you start any new medications? How long ago did your periods stop?

Have you ruled out pregnancy completely?

A lack of periods is called Amenorrhea. This name refers to the absence of a menstrual cycle. Primary amenorrhea occurs if an adolescent female has not yet begun menstruation by around age 16 or so. Secondary amenorrhea describes a condition in which a woman who has previously menstruated on a regular basis misses three or more periods in a row. In the United States, amenorrhea affects between 2-5% of women.

Secondary amenorrhea is most commonly caused by pregnancy. But in nonpregnant women, amenorrhea may result from a variety of factors, including an existing medical condition, lifestyle, emotional distress, hormonal irregularity, or medication. Every effort should be made to determine the exact cause.

Specific causes of amenorrhea include:

Dramatic weight loss, particularly from drastic diets, eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia , or excessive exercise.

Dramatic weight gain or morbid obesity
Birth defects including lack of a uterus, vagina, or other reproductive organs
Medical conditions including cystic fibrosis , Cushing's disease , polycystic ovary , or Prader-Willi syndrome
Psychological stress—can lead to a hormonal imbalance sufficient to cause amenorrhea.
Medications—some antidepressants, chemotherapeutics, corticosteroids, certain contraceptives.
Chromosomal abnormalities
Hermaphroditism (having both male and female reproductive organs)
Pituitary tumor
Thyroid dysfunction
Uterine scarring

Risk Factors

Women who eat a diet that doesn’t provide sufficient caloric intake, exercise excessively, or suffer under considerable psychological distress are more likely to experience amenorrhea.

Women born with chromosomal or hormonal abnormalities, as well as those who suffer from certain chronic diseases, are also more likely to experience amenorrhea.

Anon, you will need to see your doctor for an exam and blood tests to know why your periods have stopped.


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