The action of hormonal contraceptive methods is based on blocking ovulation, acting on the hypothalamus-pituitary regulatory axis. Contraceptive methods usually contain estrogen and progesterone that inhibit the production of the FSH and LH hormones necessary for the menstrual cycle. Since these hormones are not produced, follicular development and ovulation are not possible. Therefore, the administration of hormonal contraceptive methods could be the cause of the absence of menstruation or amenorrhea in women.
Amenorrhea due to hormonal contraception
By Laura Gil Aliaga BSc, MSc (embryologist), Marta Barranquero Gómez (embryologist), Dra. Paula Fabra Roca (gynecologist) and Romina Packan (invitra staff).
Last Update: 09/01/2020