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Can primary amenorrhea have complications?

Common complications of primary amenorrhea include infertility and emotional stress. Primary amenorrhea causes temporary and permanent infertility, depending on whether the cause of primary amenorrhea is treatable. Infertility is caused by a lack of ovulation, meaning that you are not producing viable eggs.

Another complication of primary amenorrhea is the emotional stress that accompanies developmental delays and the feeling of being different from peers and family. With primary amenorrhea, many girls experience a delay or a complete absence of puberty, which may result in short stature and lack of breast development. Treating these complications requires seeing your doctor and receiving support from loved ones as well as others that are affected by primary amenorrhea.

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