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How is amenorrhea further classified?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Amenorrhea can be further classified into ovulatory amenorrhea (when an egg is released) and anovulatory amenorrhea (when an egg is not released). Most women are diagnosed with anovulatory amenorrhea because the release of an egg can be obstructed by a number of situations. Ovulatory amenorrhea usually occurs when a defective fertilized egg or its placenta create a tumor in the uterus. Amenorrhea can also be classified by the location of the problem in the reproductive system or the type of disorder causing it, including: autoimmune, hormonal, genetic, structural, or stress.

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