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How do other illnesses affect secondary amenorrhea?

Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health
Secondary amenorrhea may be the results of other illnesses. Tumors on the pituitary gland can cause secondary amenorrhea. Endocrine disorders such as hypothyroid or excess prolactin may cause secondary amenorrhea. Eating disorders also are closely linked to secondary amenorrhea. 

Secondary amenorrhea is affected by other illnesses that cause it. Hormonal imbalances, thyroid disorders, and tumors on the pituitary gland are all illnesses that can cause secondary amenorrhea.

When your body is unable to produce the proper amount of hormones necessary to regulate your menstrual cycle you can develop secondary amenorrhea. Thyroid disorders and tumors on the pituitary gland can affect your body's production of the chemical prolactin. A problem with prolactin levels may also cause the condition.

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