What is secondary amenorrhea?

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Secondary amenorrhea may be said to occur when a woman has had at least one menstrual cycle and then stops menstruating for six months, or three months if her period had been regular prior to its absence. It is normal for a woman to experience a lack of menstruation when pregnant or breastfeeding or after going through menopause. Secondary amenorrhea is often due to an underlying cause, such as polycystic ovary syndrome. If you have had regular menstrual cycles and experience missed periods for three months, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor about secondary amenorrhea.

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Amenorrhea

Amenorrhea

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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