Amenorrhea in Teens

Also known as: amenorrhea, absent menstrual periods.

What is amenorrhea in teens?

Amenorrhea is defined as a girl not having a menstrual “period” for three monthly cycles or longer (most girls get their “periods” two years after the start of breast development). It may be “Primary” (where menstruation never starts), or “Secondary” (from physical conditions that start later after menstruation has begun).

What causes amenorrhea in teens? 

There are many causes, these include; Pregnancy (a common cause of amenorrhea), ovulation problems, a tumor in the brain (Pituitary adenoma), eating disorders, over exercising, a thyroid disorder (or other hormone abnormalities), changes in weight (weight loss or obesity), chronic illness and some medications and over-the counter supplements/herbs. Certain congenital birth defects or abnormalities with parts of the reproductive system can also lead to amenorrhea.

What are the signs/symptoms of amenorrhea in teens? 

Depending on the cause, along with absent menstrual periods in a girl age 16yrs, (or having started now stopped), some teenage girls may experience pelvic pain, headache, vaginal dryness, voice changes, vision abnormalities, weight changes, changes in breast size, acne or unusual hair growth/loss.

What are amenorrhea in teens care options?

Treatment for amenorrhea in teens will vary depending on the cause with specific treatments including hormone treatments, oral contraceptives, changes in diet, and addressing physical abnormalities found.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 2:16:48 PM

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