Secondary Amenorrhea: Care Instructions

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Amenorrhea means you do not have menstrual periods. There are two types. Primary amenorrhea means you never start your periods. Secondary amenorrhea means you have had periods, and then they stop, especially for more than 3 months.

Even if you don't have periods, you could still get pregnant.

You may not know what caused your periods to stop. Possible causes include pregnancy, hormonal changes, and losing or gaining a lot of weight quickly. Some medicines and stress could also cause it.

Being active in endurance sports can also cause you to miss your period or stop menstruating. Female athletes may try to lose or maintain weight in harmful ways. These include dieting too much or binging and purging. But doing these things can lead to eating disorders, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis. If you exercise less or gain a little weight, your periods will probably start again.

Your doctor may order tests to find out why your periods have stopped. Your doctor may give you the hormone progestin. It can cause you to have a period.

Talk to your doctor if you do not have a period for 3 months or more. Going for a long amount of time without a period can raise your chance of getting cancer of the lining of the uterus later in life.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins, and low-fat dairy products.
  • Do light exercise, unless your doctor told you not to exercise.
  • Use birth control if you do not want to get pregnant.

When should you call for help?

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:

  • You think you might be pregnant.
  • You have very heavy bleeding after not having had your period for several months.

Where can you learn more?

Go to http://www.healthwise.net/ed

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Current as of: February 25, 2016