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Amenorrhea: What does not having a menstrual cycle mean?

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In hypergonadotropin amenorrhea, high gonadotropin any of several hormones that stimulate the growth and activity of the gonads, especially follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) and low estrogen levels create symptoms similar to those of menopause: atrophy of the reproductive organs, hot flashes, irritability and other changes. The patient may experience internal sensations of heat, thirst, irritability, low back pain, vaginal dryness or dryness of the eyes. This type is affiliated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), or premature ovarian failure (POF).

TCM looks to:

  • overwork,

  • emotional and physical stress,

  • poor diet,

  • or constitutional weakness

that creates deficiencies of Qi, Blood, Essence or Liver Blood. The Blood "fails to arrive" (menstruation) and becomes stagnant. Emotional stress, excessive physical work or overwork, poor nutritional choices, anger, sadness, anxiety and worry in today's busy world are common culprits leading to these disorders. Many women feel that they have busy lives, but handle the stress well. Many don't realize the imbalance this causes, many are reluctant to admit it, and many don't perceive it as a disorder.

Other symptoms may include menses that stops after several months with decreasing volume of blood. Fatigue, anxiety or depression, or insomnia are also common symptoms.

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