How does oligomenorrhea affect the body?

Oligomenorrhea is a menstruation disorder with which women have few, infrequent periods. Women with this disorder have had normal periods in the past, but now get a light period infrequently due to a disorder or activity. This can lead to a woman having a difficult time becoming pregnant.

Oligomenorrhea is especially common in young women who have just begun their periods and women who are about to begin going through menopause. There are many possible causes of oligomenorrhea, and treatment involves dealing with the woman's particular cause. Other illnesses can cause oligomenorrhea. Women with this disorder commonly have polycystic ovary syndrome as well. Women with eating disorders also have a tendency to develop oligomenorrhea because of their unhealthy eating habits. Chronic illnesses can affect hormone levels and cause periods to become irregular.

Oligomenorrhea is very treatable, but the causes of the disorder can have serious consequences. Women with abnormal levels of hormones are at higher risk of developing certain types of cancer and having problems with fertility. Eating disorders can lead to atrophy of muscles and serious heart problems. Polycystic ovary syndrome and tumors in the uterus and ovaries need to be treated. It is important to seek medical care if your menstrual cycle is abnormal.

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