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Late start of menstruation Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Late start of menstruation. 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.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. What is the age of the girl with the late start of menstruation?

    Why: Primary amenorrhea is the failure of the menstrual period to start by 16 years of age.

  2. Have you ever had a menstrual period in the past?

    Why: Secondary amenorrhea is the absence of menstrual periods for over six months in a woman who has had established menstruation in the past.

  3. What age did the mother of the girl start menstruating?

    Why: in most cases of late first menstruation, puberty is just late (often familial) and reassurance is all that is needed.

  4. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. anorexia nervosa; chronic illness (such as cystic fibrosis, thalassemia, juvenile chronic arthritis, Crohn's disease) may cause delayed puberty and late start of menstruation.

  5. Dietary history?

    Why: to establish the risk of under nutrition as a cause of late start of menstruation.

  6. Exercise habits?

    Why: to establish the risk of strenuous exercise as a cause of late start of menstruation.

  7. Galactorrhea (breast milk production)?

    Why: may suggest pituitary or hypothalamic brain tumor.

  8. Symptoms of anorexia nervosa?

    Why: e.g. refusal to maintain normal body weight, loss of more than 25% of original body weight, intense fear of becoming fat, preoccupation with calorie counting, avoidance of all carbohydrate, fainting.

  9. Symptoms of Turner's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. short stature, inverted nipples, broad chest, webbed neck.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Late start of menstruation:

The following list of conditions have 'Late start of menstruation' 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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Conditions listing medical complications: Late start of menstruation:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Late start of menstruation' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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