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Can secondary amenorrhea have complications?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Common complications of secondary amenorrhea include infertility and emotional stress. Sometimes a complication of or concurrent condition with secondary amenorrhea is endometrial hyperplasia. This condition is a thickening of the uterine lining. If this is the case, sometimes this condition can turn into endometrial cancer.

Secondary amenorrhea causes temporary and permanent infertility depending on whether the cause of secondary amenorrhea is treatable. Infertility is caused due to lack of ovulation, meaning you are not producing viable eggs.

Another complication of secondary amenorrhea is the emotional stress that accompanies missing your menstrual cycle. This emotional stress can be compounded if you are trying to conceive. Emotional stress is often reduced when the cause of secondary amenorrhea is discovered and treatment is under way. Treating complications of secondary amenorrhea requires seeing your doctor and receiving support from loved ones.

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