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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Missed Periods? What Laboratory Tests Might You Need?

Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation. For women who used to have a period and now doesn't, she is said to have secondary amenorrhea. For those wo never had a period, that is primary amenorrhea and that is a very different condition. One or more missed menstrual periods is just a missed period, but over 90 days or three cycles in a row with no bleeding is termed amenorrhea. It is also true if you have not yet had a period by the age of 16 you have amenorrhea. The most common cause for amenorrhea is pregnancy. Other causes would include problems with the reproductive organs, or with the glands that help regulate hormone levels. Treatment of the underlying condition would resolved the condition. The first test is a pregnancy, and this should be done on blood.   women need in early pregnancy would be checking for anemia, checking their blood count, their blood type, whether they have infections like HIV, hepatitis or syphilis, and checking for immunity to vaccine treatable infectious diseases like measles, Rubella and chicken pox. If your gyno determines you need hormone tests to determine the source of missed periods that would include tests to consider would be a thyroid stimulating hormone level, a prolactin level and LH and FSH tests. More comprehensive testing is available, and for that we would suguest you contact your gyno.

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