What's Amenorrhea And How Do You Test For It?

Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation. Women who have missed at least 3 menstrual cycles in a row are said to have amenorrhea, although it's not a "disease" in itself. Instead, amenorrhea can be a clue that there is an underlying medical condition present and can be classified as primary or secondary. 

How to Test for Amenorrhea

The reasons for the phenomenon of amenorrhea are quite diverse. Because of this, there isn't a one-size-fits-all method of diagnosing the underlying cause(s) of amenorrhea.

Instead, your provider will likely take a holistic approach to diagnosis and subsequent treatment. They will likely first ask questions about your menstrual and sexual history, before diving deeper with a variety of tests. These tests may include:

  • Pregnancy Test
  • Thyroid Function Tests
  • Ovary Function Tests
  • Hormone Panel
  • MRI, CT, or Ultrasound
Check out our free eBooks for expert tips on amenorrhea, PMS, hormonal acne and a whole lot more. Our seed syncing can help you balance your hormones naturally: shop our organic moon seeds or moon bites today. This is an excerpt from a post written by Sabina Braverman, MPA and originally published on August 22, 2019. Abridged content curated and edited by Nayla Al-Mamlouk.

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