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Amenorrhea: Pathology review
Benign breast conditions: Pathology review
Breast cancer: Pathology review
Cervical cancer: Pathology review
Complications during pregnancy: Pathology review
Congenital TORCH infections: Pathology review
Disorders of sex chromosomes: Pathology review
Disorders of sexual development and sex hormones: Pathology review
HIV and AIDS: Pathology review
Ovarian cysts and tumors: Pathology review
Penile conditions: Pathology review
Prostate disorders and cancer: Pathology review
Sexually transmitted infections: Vaginitis and cervicitis: Pathology review
Sexually transmitted infections: Warts and ulcers: Pathology review
Testicular and scrotal conditions: Pathology review
Testicular tumors: Pathology review
Uterine disorders: Pathology review
Vaginal and vulvar disorders: Pathology review
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antiandrogens p. 678
cirrhosis p. 396
Cushing syndrome p. 352
cystic fibrosis p. 58
ectopic pregnancy and p. NaN
menopause p. 648
Müllerian agenesis p. 642
PCOS p. 666
pituitary adenoma and p. 542
pituitary prolactinomas p. 333
Turner syndrome p. 657
Amenorrhea means no menstruation.
It’s normal before puberty, during pregnancy and lactation, and after menopause.
Sometimes though, menstruation either never starts, which is called primary amenorrhea, or suddenly stops in a person who’s previously menstruating, which is called secondary amenorrhea.
Now, menstruation, and the menstrual cycle as a whole are controlled by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, all the way up in the brain.
The hypothalamus secretes gonadotropin-releasing hormone, or GnRH, which makes the nearby anterior pituitary gland release follicle-stimulating hormone, or FSH, and luteinizing hormone, or LH.
In the first two weeks of a normal 28-day cycle, the ovaries go through the follicular phase, meaning that out of the many follicles scattered throughout the ovaries, a couple of them enter a race to become the dominant follicle, that will be released at ovulation.
All the developing follicles secrete loads of estrogen, which negatively inhibits pituitary FSH.
In the meantime, the uterus goes through two phases: the menstrual and proliferative phase.
During the menstrual phase, the functional layer of the endometrium is shed and eliminated through the vagina, leading to menstruation, which lasts an average of five days.
Amenorrhea is the absence of menstrual periods in women during reproductive years. There are two types of amenorrhea: primary and secondary. Primary amenorrhea is when periods have never started by the time a girl reaches 16 years old. Secondary amenorrhea is when periods have stopped for at least three months, even if they had started in the past.
There are many possible causes of amenorrhea, including pregnancy, hormone problems, problems with the ovaries or uterus, eating disorders, excessive exercise, and stress.
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