Not menstruating can be a sign of a health problem Not menstruating can be a sign of a health problem

Not menstruating can be a sign of a health problem

For her 27 April, 2017 Isabel Vallejo


Amenorrhea is the non-pregnancy-related absence of a menstrual period. There are two forms of amenorrhea: primary and secondary.

Primary amenorrhea occurs when young women over age 15 have yet to menstruate. Secondary amenorrhea, the more common form, occurs in women who stop having their period regularly for more than three months, either because they are pregnant or because they have polycystic ovary syndrome, which is an imbalance of female sex hormones.

According to the webpage MedlinePlus, it is normal for women to stop having their periods if they are pregnant, if they breastfeed for a long period of time and when they enter menopause; which is why it is important to seek medical attention if any abnormalities occur in these processes. See also, Attitude, the best treatment for perimenopause (article in Spanish).

The U.S. Hormone Health Network explains that treatment depends on the cause. Options can include:

  • Medications that help control abnormal hormone levels.
  • If there are tumors in the pituitary gland, ovaries or adrenal glands, surgery is an option.
  • Keeping a balanced diet, staying at a healthy weight and managing stress.
  • Other treatment options may be necessary if the woman is trying to become pregnant.