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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Amenorrhea. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: differentiate between primary and secondary amenorrhea.
Why: may indicate anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.
Why: Specifically looking fro medications that can cause amenorrhea, E.g. oral contraceptive, certain anti-psychotic medications.
Why: can cause galactorrhea and thus dysfunctional periods.
Why: Gauging an exact time course of how long you have been amenorrheic is very important.
Why: What is "normal" for you is essential knowledge for your Health Professional before they begin to further assess your situation.
Why: This is extremely important to test for and ask about. If you are pregnant then your Health Professional can talk with you further about that and what it means for you. If you aren't pregnant then your Health Professional can continue to formulate a correct diagnosis and appropriate management plan.
Why: It is important to know this, as the causes of your Amenorrhea may be very different if you have never menstruated.
Why: This is a very sensitive and important examination to perform, however it cannot occur without your explicit permission and comfort. Your health professional may perform this examination to both assess that you have a normal level of development, and that no disease is present.
Why: Stress (both physical, psychological and social) can be a cause of amenorrhea.
Why: Large amounts of exercise can result in amenorrhea.
Why: A complication of post-partum hemorrhage or any major hemorrhage towards the end of pregnancy can result in some a disorder of the pituitary gland (Sheehan Syndrome) which can interfere with normal menstruation and result in amenorrhea.
Why: Some pituitary disorders can result in hormonal imbalances which both cause amenorrhea as well as abnormal lactation, i.e., in the absence of breastfeeding.
Why: Some pituitary tumors can disrupt vision by interfering with nerves involved with vision and the muscles which move the eye. At the same time they can cause amenorrhea due to their effects on pituitary hormones. The visual disturbances which may be experienced are "seeing double images" (diplopia), impaired vision in an area of your visual field (visual field defect), or losing the lateral sides of your peripheral vision (bitemporal hemianopia).
Why: A pituitary tumor may cause headaches as well as amenorrhea.
Why: The hormonal imbalances which can cause amenorrhea as a result of a pituitary tumor can also cause an excess amount of growth hormone (acromegaly) to be secreted. This may be noticed by shoe, jewelry, or clothing sizes, as well as the shape/size of the nose/jaw.
Why: Along with amenorrhea, these can all be signs of hormonal imbalances caused by pituitary tumors.
Why: These can be caused by a pituitary disorder which interferes with the hormones regulating how your kidney processes water, as well as your menstrual cycle and thus causing amenorrhea.
Why: These can all be symptoms of a Pituitary tumor which can result in amenorrhea.
Why: Along with amenorrhea, these can be symptoms of the premature menopause experienced in premature ovarian syndrome.
Why: This can include amenorrhea as one of its symptoms.
Why: Some gynecological procedures can sometimes cause the walls of your uterus to adhere to each other and form scar tissue. This is called Asherman's Syndrome and may be a cause of amenorrhea. It is also important to know if you have undergone any gynecological procedures as some of these may temporarily or chronically influence your menstrual cycles, e.g. cervical stenosis secondary to some cervical procedures may cause temporary amenorrhea, but a hysterectomy should mean that you will no longer experience menses.
Why: These are cancers which can be inherited and can be the result of problems in the same gene/s. Ovarian cancer can cause amenorrhea.
Why: Some chronic diseases such as renal failure, can cause amenorrhea.
Why: may suggest prolactinoma, pregnancy, post-natal period, certain drugs.
Why: may indicate pituitary or hypothalamic tumor.
Why: may indicate pituitary tumor.
Why: e.g. hirsuitism, deep voice, temporal baldness, acne (suggesting adrenal or ovarian tumor or polycystic ovarian syndrome).
Why: both low thyroid and low thyroid function may cause amenorrhea.
Why: e.g. no breast formation, no pubic hair - may suggest Turner's syndrome, Simmond's disease or other pituitary disorders.
The following list of conditions have 'Amenorrhea' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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