Amenorrhea: Symptoms & Signs

Amenorrhea is the medical term that refers to the absence of menstrual periods in a woman of reproductive age. Amenorrhea may be primary (in which case a woman never develops menstrual periods) or secondary, in which periods begin normally but then stop.

Signs and symptoms associated with amenorrhea vary according to the cause. Therefore, there are no specific signs or symptoms that every woman with amenorrhea will experience. Possible associated symptoms and signs can include

Causes of amenorrhea

Amenorrhea has many causes. Genetic conditions and disorders of the ovaries, pituitary gland, or hypothalamus are among the causes of primary amenorrhea. Other possible causes of secondary amenorrhea include intensive exercising, extreme weight loss, physical illness, and stress.

Other amenorrhea symptoms and signs


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Medically Reviewed on 4/2/2020
Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.