Hormones often cause this problem. They start changes in the body that result in a period. They may be lowered by:
- Poor habits, such as lack of nutrition, too much physical activity, too much weight loss, or a lot of stress
- Health problems, such as polycystic ovary syndrome
- Delayed puberty
- Birth defects
Primary amenorrhea is when the first period has not happened in a young woman aged 15 years or older. Secondary is when a woman with regular periods has not had a period in 3 months in a row or a woman with irregular periods has not had a period in 6 months in a row.
Treatment depends on the cause. It may be treated by things like:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Exercising less often
- Managing health problems
- Lowering stress
- Correcting birth defects with surgery
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