- Amenorrhea is a condition that is characterized by suppression of menses (Copstead & Banasik, 2012).
- Amenorrhea is categorized as either primary or secondary depending upon the nature of the condition.
- Primary amenorrhea occurs when a female does not begin menstruation by the age of sixteen. Causes of primary amenorrhea include problems with the pituitary gland, anorexia, stress, strenuous exercise, abnormal chromosomes and malnutrition (Ehrlich, 2015).
- Secondary amenorrhea occurs when regular menstruation ceases for six months. Secondary amenorrhea occurs due to hormonal imbalance, polycystic ovaries, birth control use, corticosteroid use, thyroid gland issues, premature menopause and autoimmune disease (Ehrlich, 2015).
- Amenorrhea is usually a symptom of an underlying condition.
- Conventional treatment for amenorrhea includes drug therapies such as hormone replacement to aid in menstruation, however synthetic hormones can have side effects.
- Fortunately, there are several botanicals that can be used to restore hormone balance promote normal menses and ovulation.
For further reading . . .
Copstead, L.-E. C., & Banasik, J. L. (2012). Pathophysiology. St. Louis: Elselvier.
Ehrlich, S. D. (2015, December 19). Amenorrhea. Retrieved from University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/amenorrhea