What increases my risk for secondary amenorrhea?

The probability of secondary amenorrhea is increased by weight, stress, overexercising, certain medications and family history. Being drastically over- or underweight, like with certain eating disorders, increases your risk for having issues with your menstrual cycle. Stress and anxiety, including certain psychoses that trigger stress, may affect your brain and the ability to regulate hormone levels. Overexercising, such as training for gymnastics or cross-country, can cause stress on the body as well as cause low levels of fat reserve, which may affect hormone production.

If you are on medications like birth control pills, chemotherapy, certain anti-depressants, anti-psychosis medication, some digestive disorder drugs, opioid painkillers, cocaine or hallucinogenic drugs, they can increase your risk of developing secondary amenorrhea. A family history of reproductive disorders, primary or secondary amenorrhea, and hormonal imbalances will contribute to your probability of having secondary amenorrhea.

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Amenorrhea is characterized by a complete lack of menstrual cycles. This may appear as primary amenorrhea, which is the lack of menstruation before age 16. Secondary amenorrhea occurs in women who have had normal menstrual cycles ...

that have stopped for six months or more. A very long list of reasons exists for amenorrhea, and a doctor will run multiple tests to diagnose the cause. Amenorrhea can be treated with drugs and/or surgery. Sometimes amenorrhea can be remedied if you make changes to your lifestyle habits like taking care of your mental health and/or getting to a healthier weight. If you experience the symptoms of amenorrhea, contact a doctor for further advice.

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