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How common is amenorrhea?

At any given time secondary amenorrhea occurs in less than five percent of women who have reached a reproductive age, and primary amenorrhea in less than one percent. However, there are several common conditions that can cause a disruption in the menstrual cycle, including: stress, poor nutrition, excessive exercise, or illness. Amenorrhea indicates an imbalance of normal bodily functions, but there are times when an absence of menstruation is considered normal and healthy. For example, before puberty occurs, during pregnancy or breastfeeding, or after menopause.

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