There are several types of menstrual problem that a female may (but not necessarily) experience at some stage in her lifecycle.

Some common menstrual problems include amenorrhoea, oligomenorrhoea, menorrhagia and dysmenorrhoea.

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Amenorrhoea and oligomenorrhoea

The simple definition of amenorrhea is the absence of periods (for women who normally menstruate). There can be several reasons why a woman could miss her periods including pregnancy, over-exercising, extreme weight loss, stress or illness. Menopause and hormonal disorders can also bring about a change in your periods, and cause you to miss them.

Oligomenorrhea refers to irregular periods and often results from a hormone imbalance. You may find that your periods occur without any regular pattern or that they may occur more frequently during the month, for example twice as opposed to once.

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