Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
When Menstrual Periods Stop
A hormonal abnormality may be the reason that your periods were never regular and now have stopped. Some women have abnormal androgen production without being aware of other body changes. Occasionally a woman can have a condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), without any noticeable increase in body hair. It is usually accompanied by excess body hair, acne, and an increase amount of male hormone (androgen) in the blood. PCOS affects somewhere between five and ten percent of American women.
Even if you have not notice new hair growth, your doctor will want to measure male hormone levels, especially testosterone.
Your doctor will be guided by whether one or more androgen levels are high.
In addition, there are rare hormonal disorders associated with decreased egg production in the ovaries with irregular and absent periods. In these cases, the androgen level in a woman can be low.
- Abdomen and Pelvis
- See also
- Acid Reflux Treatment
- Bleeding After Menopause
- Bleeding Between Menstrual Periods
- Blood in the Urine in Women
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Constipation in Adults
- Difficulty Passing Urine
- Frequent Urination in Women
- Heavy Menstrual Periods
- Intestinal Gas Guide
- Loss of Control of Urine in Women
- Lumps or Pain Within the Scrotum
- Missed or Irregular Menstrual Periods
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Never Started Menstrual Periods
- Painful Menstrual Cramps
- Rectal Bleeding
- Rectal Pain or Itching
- Recurring Abdominal Pain
- Understanding New and Severe Abdominal Pain
- Vaginal Discharge, Itching or Irritation
- Vaginal Dryness
- Vaginal Pain or Discomfort
- Vaginal Sores and Lumps
- When Menstrual Periods Stop
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