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What causes secondary amenorrhea?

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Common causes of secondary amenorrhea (when a woman who has had normal periods stops getting them) include:

Other causes of secondary amenorrhea include:

A woman who's had her uterus or ovaries taken out will also stop menstruating.

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Stopping the use of birth control
  • Menopause
  • Some birth control methods, such as Depo-Provera or certain types of intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Stress
  • Poor nutrition
  • Depression
  • Certain prescription drugs
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Over-exercising
  • Ongoing illness
  • Sudden weight gain or being very overweight (obesity)
  • Hormonal imbalance due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Thyroid gland disorders
  • Tumors on the ovaries or brain (rare)

From: What Is Amenorrhea? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Hormone Health Network: "Amenorrhea."

National Institute of Child Health & Human Development: "Amenorrhea."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Hormone Health Network: "Amenorrhea."

National Institute of Child Health & Human Development: "Amenorrhea."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 30, 2019

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