A Recently Married 27-Year-Old With Hot Flashes, Amenorrhea

George T. Griffing, MD


September 02, 2022

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A 27-year-old woman presents because of hot flashes and cessation of menses since stopping her oral contraceptives six months ago. The hot flashes occur several times a day without perspiration or other symptoms and disturb her sleep. The patient had normal developmental milestones and menarche at age 12 years. She started taking oral contraceptives five years later for irregular menses and contraception. She stopped them recently because she got married and desired fertility. Since then, her only other symptoms have been fatigue and a swelling sensation in her neck that sometimes "chokes" her at night when she sleeps on her back.

The patient is taking no medications. No contributory factors are found in her previous or family medical history or in the review of systems. She works in the insurance field, has a normal diet, and engages in normal physical activity.


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