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What is amenorrhea?

Amenorrhea is the medical term for the absence of menstrual periods, either on a permanent or temporary basis. Amenorrhea can be classified as primary or secondary. In primary amenorrhea, menstrual periods have never begun (by age 16), whereas secondary amenorrhea is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for three consecutive cycles or a time period of more than six months in a woman who was previously menstruating.

The menstrual cycle can be influenced by many internal factors such as transient changes in hormonal levels, stress, and illness, as well as external or environmental factors. Missing one menstrual period is rarely a sign of a serious problem or an underlying medical condition, but amenorrhea of longer duration may signal the presence of a disease or chronic condition.

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Comment from: Anonymous, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 30

I'm a pharmacist always under stress because I work 2 jobs. I took levonorgesterel tablets (Postinor 2) twice in 2 weeks and then I didn't see my period for a month. I started having discharges off white in color and with an odor so I took fluconazole 150mg and secnidazole 2g because infection could also be a cause of amenorrhea. I've done pregnancy tests twice using urine and a pregnancy strip and it says negative.

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Comment from: DameJay0216, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I'm 27 and went through some major changes in my life in the past year. Struggling through the difficulties in my life I developed an eating disorder. My BMI dropped to 21 and then I started binging. Since the past three months I have gotten my eating habits somewhat better but I'm still afraid of gaining. I usually do not eat more than 1200 calories and overeating to me is 2000. I have missed three periods and taken three pregnancy tests, all of which were negative. I experience constant cramps, major mood swings, and appetite fluctuations.

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