are many different reasons for lack of menstruation. Stress can
be an enormous contributing factor; inadequate nutrition or excessive
exercising can cause a missed period or periods. Eat properly
and concentrate on those foods and herbs that nourish the body
and help alleviate the stress in your life. The most common cause
of amenorrhea is pregnancy. If a woman is not pregnant, then the
cause must be identified. There are a number of hormonal conditions
that must be eliminated such as thyroid disease, elevated prolactin,
and premature menopause. The uterus must also be considered as
a possible source of the problem. Certain surgical procedures
of the uterus and cervix may lead to scarring which can obstruct
the menstrual outflow. If you know that you're not pregnant but
you have not menstruated for three months, a consultation with
your gynecologist should be arranged.
If the amenorrhea is a result of low estrogen levels, it may put
you at increased risk of accelerated bone loss and cardiovascular
disease, as is the case in a menopausal woman. After a thorough
history, your doctor may do blood tests to determine hormone levels.
Imbalances may signal impending menopause; if you're over 40,
that's a likely reason your period has stopped, but it can happen
to younger women as well and in that case it is better if you
go in for hormone replacement.
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