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Can menstrual problems be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Menstrual problems can be caused by both preventable and non-preventable factors. For example, amenorrhea (absent periods) may result if a woman exercises far too much, and menorrhagia (abnormally heavy periods) can be caused by an intrauterine device (IUD), which are both preventable causes. Both of these conditions can also be caused by certain medications, all of which represent preventable or at least solvable problems. However, both of these disorders can also be caused by diseases and genetic defects that cannot be prevented.

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