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What are the symptoms of amenorrhea?
Primary or secondary amenorrhea (respectively) is considered to be present when a girl has:
menstrual periods by age 16; or
a woman who has previously had a menstrual cycle
stops having menstrual periods for three cycles in a row, or for a time period of
six months or more and is not pregnant.
Other symptoms and signs may be present, which are highly variable and depend
upon the underlying cause of the amenorrhea. For example, symptoms of hormonal
imbalance or male hormone excess can include irregular menstrual periods,
unwanted hair growth, deepening of the voice, and acne. Elevated prolactin
levels as a cause of amenorrhea can result in galactorrhea (a milky discharge
from the nipples that is not related to normal breastfeeding).