• Comprehensive information on the health challenges today’s women face throughout life, all in an easy-to-follow, A-to-Z format
• Guidelines for finding the best possible specialist for your reproductive and sexual health needs, whether you are seeking a gynecologist, genetic counselor, endocrinologist, or midwife
• Includes helpful “what to ask your doctor” checklists and timetables for medical exams and screenings
• An overview of the state of women’s health today—from such conditions as amenorrhea to infertility to premature ovarian failure to breast cancer—including the latest research and resources
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The absence of menstruation during puberty or later in a woman's life is called amenorrhea. This condition occurs in two forms, primary and secondary amenorrhea. The absence of menstruation and secondary sexual characteristics (pubic hair, breast development) in females by age fourteen or the absence of menstruation with normal development of secondary sexual characteristics in girls by age sixteen is primary amenorrhea. This affects less than 3 percent of adolescent girls. Females who were menstruating but then stop for three consecutive months or longer have secondary amenorrhea.
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Deborah Mitchell is a widely published health journalist. She is the author or coauthor of more than three dozen books on health topics, including The Complete Book of Nutritional Healing, A Woman’s Guide to Vitamins, Herbs, and Supplements, and A Concise Encyclopedia of Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health—all available from St. Martin’s Paperbacks.