What education about amenorrhea should patients receive?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Kristi A Tough DeSapri, MD; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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For patients with ovarian insufficiency that persists despite appropriate evaluation and treatment, careful counseling is warranted to stress the need for ongoing attention to the factors that help maintain bone density. Hormone replacement therapy is important for these patients. Other factors to consider are the need for adequate calcium and vitamin D intake (1200-1500 mg/d of elemental calcium and 1000 IU/d of vitamin D) and the need for 20-30 minutes of weight-bearing exercise each day.

For patient education information, see the Women's Health Center, Eating Disorders Center, and Pregnancy and Reproduction Center, as well as Amenorrhea, Anorexia Nervosa, Birth Control Overview, and Birth Control FAQs.


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