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Primary Amenorrhea

Primary amenorrhea is a condition when a girl has not started menstruating by the time she is 16, even though other signs of puberty, like breast development and the appearance of pubic hair, are normal. Besides hormonal abnormalities and other illnesses, low body weight or obesity, stress and rigorous exercise can cause primary amenorrhea.

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Effects of low oestrogen

I'm 24 years old and have PA from high FSH/LH and low oestrogen/progesterone with all other hormones being normal. I had extensive testing with ultrasounds and genetic screening and no cause has been found. I used to always be really underweight and very active and there is SOME family history (though distant) of women in my family having late periods. Aside from periods, I've developed completely normally. I have avoided the hormone replacement pills for a long time because I was scared of the side effects and couldn't bring myself to accept there was something wrong with me when I felt absolutely healthy... in fact, my friends used to always call me "lucky" because I didn't have to deal with cramps/staining, etc. I've been on various alternative treatments which most recently, I've been more hopeful because i went up a bra size without gaining any weight on the scales and I was getting moody at times, occasionally lower abdo pains (which I got overexcited for)
I recently (on advice from a friend) decided to get a bone density scan and I convinced the technician to tell me what it showed since i'm a medical student. She told me I have osteopenia at the hip and osteoporosis. I've been struggling with this... I'm only 24, I lead a completely normal life and I cannot believe that this is happening.
I'm terrified of not going on the hormone pills now if the doctor tells me to take them (my appt is later this week) and I'm also still reluctant to take them because I feel like good things have been happening and MAYBE natural periods are around the corner! (i know this is wishful thinking)
I don't have baby fever by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm terrified that taking the pills will make me infertile.
Anyone have any advice/help they can offer me?

Posted on : Monday, July 28, 2014 9:53 PM
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