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Mind Your Body, The Straits Times
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

Her menstruation stopped at age 32

Mind Your Body, The Straits Times | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

Q: I am a 34-year-old woman.

I am 1.57m tall and weigh 44kg.

My menstrual cycle has always been irregular. About two years ago, it stopped completely.

Recently, I have also noticed that my vaginal discharge is a yellowish greenish colour. I do not experience any discomfort.

What is the cause of this and should I do anything about it?

A: No menstrual flow for two years at a young age would require further investigation by a gynaecologist.

At the age of 34, you should still have regular menstrual flow.

When you consult a gynaecologist, he will examine you and perform certain investigations, such as checking your hormonal profile and arranging for an ultrasound scan of your pelvis.

The cause of your concern may be reversible or irreversible.

If the cause is reversible, the gynaecologist would advise you on the appropriate treatment.

Occasionally, if the cause cannot be determined, you may need further diagnostic imaging tests.

You may want to undergo the investigations suggested by the gynaecologist to exclude premature ovarian failure, where the ovarian function stops before 40 years of age.

Women generally reach menopause at 51.

This diagnosis can be confirmed by performing hormonal blood tests.

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