Relationship between PCOS and Primary Amenorrhea

Relationship between PCOS and Primary Amenorrhea

What is primary amenorrhea?

Primary Amenorrhea describes a condition in which a young woman has not started her menstrual periods by the ages of 16 through 18. When a woman does not begin her normal menstrual cycle, it can be a cause for concern. There are quite a few reasons that a woman might not start her normal periods, and one of the most common is a hormonal imbalance. One of the most common hormonal problems that can keep a woman from starting her period? Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, otherwise known as PCOS. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is PCOS?

PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that is quite common in women. It is actually the most common hormonal problem that affects women today. It is also closely linked and related to insulin resistance and glucose problems.

A woman that has PCOS often has many ovarian cysts, which can cause problems. Many women have cysts, and they are usually harmless, but when a woman has multiple cysts, it can be one of the most common symptoms of PCOS. PCOS causes a lot of negative symptoms and side effects, from excessive weight gain to facial hair growth, acne, and even male pattern hair loss.

How does PCOS affect primary amenorrhea?

PCOS is one of the leading causes of Primary Amenorrhea. This is thought to be because PCOS causes hormone levels to be so far off balance. PCOS can cause large amounts of male hormones (androgens) in the body, and can also cause excessively high levels of estrogen as well. When these high levels of hormones occur, the body gets confused and doesn’t really know what to do. The presence of too many of these hormones like estrogen and androgens cause the pituitary gland to be unable to produce the hormones that are responsible for controlling menstruation.

When to see a doctor

If a young woman is between the ages of 16 and 18 years of age and still has not started her menstrual periods, it is probably a good idea to see a doctor and get checked out to make sure that nothing is wrong. There are quite a few issues and condition that can keep a young woman for starting her period. Seeing a doctor to rule out these problems is always a good idea.

PCOS treatments

If a doctor does determine that PCOS is keeping you from menstruating, there are several treatment options that can be helpful. Sometimes a doctor will choose to use birth control pills to keep menstrual periods regular.

Other times, a doctor will need to use diabetic medications to control the insulin and glucose problems, and help menstruation to return to normal. There are also surgical procedures that doctors can use to help combat PCOS. If you are suffering from Primary Amenorrhea, you should seek a doctor’s help so that you can find out if PCOS is to blame.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.