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Amenorrhea

A condition where a woman’s menstrual periods stop for reasons other than pregnancy or menopause. Primary amenorrhea is when a woman has never had a period but experiences secondary sex characteristics (such as breast development) by age 16. Secondary amenorrhea is when a woman has been having periods and they stop but she is not pregnant. Secondary amenorrhea may be due to intense exercise, low body fat, eating disorders or as a side effect of taking birth control.

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