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Periods, nobody likes 'em, but how do you know if you are suffering too much? Get the info you need to cope. Amenorrhea There are two types of amenorrhea, or absence of menstruation: Primary amenorrhea occurs when a girl with normal changes of puberty (such as breast development and pubic hair growth) doesn't get her first period by age 16. If that applies to you, see your doctor. Different problems can cause primary amenorrhea including genetic problems, excessive exercise and the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. Secondary amenorrhea occurs when a girl who has had regular cycles for at least six months, or who got her first period at least 18 months before, stops getting her periods for three cycle lengths. Causes include: Pregnancy -- This is one of the first things your doctor will check for. Medical conditions -- Such as thyroid problems or elevation of a hormone called prolactin. Stress -- Heavy emotional stress can cause you to miss ...
Irregular menstruation; Heavy, prolonged, or irregular periods; Menorrhagia; Polymenorrhea; Metrorrhagia and other menstrual conditions; Abnormal menstrual periods; Abnormal vaginal bleeding
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It’s a common question that often is asked on HealthCentral’s menopause site - What’s a normal period when you’re going through perimenopause? That’s because some women report that their periods are lighter and may just involve spotting while others describe extremely heavy periods. And some women miss a period and then experience a heavy period.
It turns out that irregular periods are normal. “In the years preceding menopause, women experience changes in their menstrual cycle,” HealthCentral.com stated. “The time between periods can become shorter or longer and periods may last a longer or shorter number of days. Bleeding can be heavier or lighter, and change in flow from month to month. It is also normal for periods to skip a cycle.”
In their book “The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause,” Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge note that hormone fluctuations cause these changes. “Specifically, it seems that wh...
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