Symptoms of Amenorrhea

The most telltale sign of amenorrhea is the absence of your menstrual period. However, many women with amenorrhea also exhibit other symptoms. These can include:

  • increased facial hair
  • deepening of the voice
  • decreased breast size
  • breast secretions
  • lowered sex drive

Amenorrhea and Infertility

Amenorrhea can have a very negative impact on your fertility. Many women with amenorrhea are anovulatory, meaning that they aren't producing viable eggs for conception. This can mean that no matter how hard you try, you just won't get pregnant. Occasionally, amenorrhea can indicate underlying problems with your reproductive system, including:

  • polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • hirsutism
  • uterine fibroids

These conditions can make fertility difficult, so it is important to seek treatment from your health care professional, especially if you are trying to conceive.

Amenorrhea Treatment

Treatment of amenorrhea depends upon the underlying cause of you absent periods. Treatment may be as simple as a dietary change or it could include surgery or medications for a reproductive condition. Common treatments for amenorrhea include:

  • hormonal supplements (such as the birth control pill, hormone replacement therapy, and clomiphene)
  • reduction in exercise
  • dietary changes, including an increase in fat or caloric intake
  • eating disorder counseling
  • stress reduction (including meditation or massage)


Table of Contents
1. Not getting your period?
2. Symptoms of amenorrhea
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