AMENORRHOEA

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Amenorrhoea is the medical term given to any situation where your periods are late or you miss one entirely.

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If this happens, it’s natural to be worried. Our doctors can talk to you discreetly and sensitively about the problem and will ask you a few questions that will help find a possible reason for your periods being delayed.

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Reasons for a Late Period

There are a number of possible reasons why your period might have been delayed, different from normal or missed altogether:

  • Pregnancy - A missed period is one of the signs of pregnancy. If you’ve been sexually active recently, it may be that the contraception you used hasn’t worked.
  • Contraception - The contraceptive pill can sometimes cause your periods to be interrupted, or mean your menstrual cycle doesn’t follow the same pattern as normal.
  • Stress - Stress can affect your periods in a number of ways, such as making them shorter, longer or more painful.
  • Weight problems - If you’re obese, or if you've lost a lot of weight suddenly, it can mean your hormones don’t function as they should, and this can affect your menstrual cycle.
  • Too much exercise - If you exercise to the point where your body fat becomes too low, it can interfere with your regular menstrual cycle.
  • Menopause - Your periods stopping is one of the natural symptoms of the menopause, which affects all women and can begin from the age of about 45 onwards.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome - This is a medical condition that prevents your ovaries from releasing an egg and is thought to affect around one in 10 women at some point. As periods are what happens when an egg isn’t fertilised, it’s not possible to have a period without an egg.
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What Can You Do Next?

With so many possible reasons for a missed or late period, your doctor will need to find out exactly what’s caused it before any next steps can be planned. They’ll be able to see you at a convenient time and place in order to give you the peace of mind you need.

If not enough time has passed to make a diagnosis, they may ask you to wait and see if your periods return next month.

If you’re pregnant or going through the menopause, you’ll be provided with all the mental support you need.

If you’re having problems with your weight, stress levels or too much exercise, lifestyle changes will often be enough to see your menstrual cycle return to normal.

If that doesn’t work, you may be given medication to help you manage the underlying cause of your missed period. Our doctors are able to provide quick specialist referrals for further tests, if necessary.

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