Absence of Menstruation and Benefits
If you are a woman, your ovaries, hypothalamus, uterus and pituitary gland must all be functioning like they should in order for you to have regular menstrual cycles. Your hypothalamus stimulates your pituitary gland to release FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone).
These two hormones cause your ovaries to produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen and progesterone enable the cyclical changes that develop in your endometrium (uterine lining), which includes menstruation.
In addition to this, your genital tract has to be free of any abnormalities. This is so that menstrual blood will be permitted to flow out of your body.
What is Abensce of Menstruation?
Absence of menstruation is the condition in which a woman does not have menstrual periods. Absence of menstruation is classified in two different ways:
- Primary absence of menstruation – This is used to refer to an adolescent girl who has never had a menstrual period by the age of 16. Less than 1% of adolescent girls in the United States are affected by primary absence of menstruation.
- Secondary absence of menstruation – This is the term that is used when there has been an absence of menstrual periods for 6 months if you have had regular menstrual cycles in the past; or, for 12 months if you have had irregular menstrual periods. Somewhere around 1% of women in the United States who are of reproductive age are affected by secondary absence of menstruation.
Absence of menstruation is known by several other names. It is also called absence of periods, no periods, absent periods, absent menses and amenorrhea.
It is well to understand that absence of menstruation is not a disorder or disease. Absence of menstruation is a sign or symptom of an underlying disease or disorder that is causing it to take place. In fact, it may be one of the primary signs or symptoms of the underlying disease or disorder.
Test and Procedures for Absence of menstruation
Absence of menstruation is something that is very obvious to an adolescent girl or woman. However, determining what the underlying cause of absence of menstruation is will probably be something that may take time and involve several diagnostic tests and procedures, in addition to a physical exam. Some of these may include:
- Progestin challenge test
- CT scan (computerized tomography)
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
- Pelvic exam
- Laparoscopy or hysteroscopy
- Blood tests
Risk Factors with absence of menstruation
There are some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of having absence of menstruation. Some of these are:
- Rigorous athletic training
- A family history of absence of menstruation
- An eating disorder, such as bulimia or anorexia
Even though absence of menstruation is a sign or symptom and not a disease, there are other signs and symptoms that you may experience. These are determined by whatever the underlying cause of your absence of menstruation is. Some of these may include:
- A change in your sexual drive
- Hirsutism (excessive growth of hair on your body and face)
- A deeper voice
- Changes in your vision
- A milky discharge from your nipple
- A reduction in the size of your breasts
- Hair loss
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