Amenorrhea is a symptom of an underlying disorder rather than a condition in
and of itself. Additional symptoms may be present depending on the associated condition.
- Galactorrhea (breasts produce milk in a woman who is not pregnant or breastfeeding), headache, or reduced peripheral vision could be a sign of an intracranial tumor.
- Increased hair growth in a male pattern (hirsutism) may be caused by excess androgen (a hormone that encourages development of male sex characteristics).
- Vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, or disordered sleep may be a sign of ovarian insufficiency or premature ovarian failure.
- Noticeable weight gain or weight loss may be present.
Excessive anxiety may be present in women with associated psychiatric abnormalities.
Lawrence M Nelson, MD, MBA
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