St. Joseph’s Adolescent Medicine Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona is specialized in the treatment of adolescent menstrual disorders, including amenorrhea.
There are two types of amenorrhea. Primary amenorrhea is the term used when a young woman has never had a period. Most girls get their periods between 9 and 15 years old, or about 2-3 years after they start their breast development. Secondary amenorrhea is a term used when a young woman has had a period before, but stops having them.
Causes of Amenorrhea in Teens
There are many possible causes of amenorrhea, including:
- Changes in weight
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Endocrine problems
- Chronic illness
- Medications and herbs
- Ovary problems
- Congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract
Treatment of Amenorrhea in Adolescents
Our adolescent medicine physician will perform a complete medical evaluation to determine the best treatment option for amenorrhea. Treatment at St. Joseph’s is multidisciplinary; our team includes an adolescent medicine physician, counselor and dietitian.
Treatment may include multiple team members, such as:
- Changing the teen’s exercise pattern
- Talking with a nutritionist about eating a healthy diet
- Seeing a counselor about stress or disordered eating
- Hormones such as progesterone, estrogen or oral contraceptives
Learn More About The Adolescent Medicine Clinic
To learn more about how St. Joseph’s Adolescent Medicine Clinic can help your adolescent with amenorrhea, call (602) 406-7564.