How can I prevent secondary amenorrhea?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Secondary amenorrhea may be prevented if it is caused by excessive exercise, being over- or underweight, or use of certain medication. Excessive exercise or training, like gymnastics and cross-country, can cause your body to stop menstruating due to low body weight and high caloric expenditure. By reducing the amount of exercise or avoiding certain training you may be able to prevent secondary amenorrhea.

Being drastically over- or underweight can often lead to secondary amenorrhea and is typically a preventable condition. Certain medications, like birth control and anti-depressants, may cause secondary amenorrhea. It may be possible to avoid or change certain medications that would have an affect on your menstrual cycle, therefore preventing secondary amenorrhea.

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