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Is amenorrhea serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Most of the causes of amenorrhea are treatable with medication or healthy lifestyle changes, but amenorrhea can also indicate a tumor or growth in the reproductive system. Prolonged amenorrhea can cause osteoporosis, a condition that is usually found in menopausal women in which the bone density deteriorates. The absence of a menstruation cycle can also indicate a serious disorder that requires treatment. Because amenorrhea is also caused by dangerously low body weight, it can indicate a life-threatening case of anorexia or bulimia. Primary amenorrhea can indicate that a young girl is not developing at the same rate as her peers due to a genetic disorder or birth defect and may have reason for infertility concerns. All of this speaks to why it is important to address the underlying cause of amenhorrhea once it is determined.

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