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Long-term effects of secondary amenorrhea?

Postby delsy » Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:57 am

What are the long-term and short-term effects of this? And if you get secondary amenorrhea at just 14 years old and have it the rest of your life, will you die sooner? How much sooner (if applicable)? And lastly, what are the rates of certain cancers if you have this for a long time or the rest of your life?
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Long-term effects of secondary amenorrhea?

Postby nicky » Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:04 am

secondary amenorrhea
The medical term used to describe "absence of periods" is amenorrhea. Women normally do not menstruate before puberty

What Causes Amenorrhea?

Poor nutrition
Certain drugs
Extreme weight loss
Ongoing illness
Sudden weight gain or being very overweight (obesity)
Hormonal imbalance due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Stopping the use of birth control

Lifestyle choices
Alcohol abuse or withdrawal
Drug abuse or withdrawal
Endurance athletics
Smoking or other tobacco use
Unprotected sex

Further Reading:
What may increase your risk for problems from missed or irregular periods?

What may increase your risk for problems from missed or irregular periods?
Many conditions, lifestyle choices, medications, and diseases interfere with your ability to heal or fight infection. You may be at risk for a more serious problem from your symptoms if you have any of the following.

Be sure to tell your health professional.

Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia
Ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage

Corticosteroids, such as prednisone
Medications to prevent organ transplant rejection
Medications to treat cancer (chemotherapy)
Radiation therapy
Diseases that can affect hormone balance, such as:
Adrenal disease
Ovarian cysts
Pituitary disease
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Thyroid disease
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection

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

Breast feeding
Some birth control methods, such as Depo-Provera

Other causes of secondary amenorrhea include:
.Thyroid gland disorders
Tumors on the ovaries or brain (rare)
A woman who has had her uterus or ovaries removed will also stop menstruating

General Discussion

Precocious Puberty means an abnormally early onset of puberty. A sequence of events occurs during which a child develops into a young adult beginning at an unexpectedly early age.

Glands that secrete growth and sex hormones begin to function abnormally early in life resulting in this condition. Often, the exact cause of Precocious Puberty is not known.

Precocious puberty (PP) is a statistical definition; that is, it is the onset of secondary sexual characteristics in children at an age that is two standard deviations younger than the mean age of pubertal onset.

The actual age that defines sexual precocity is therefore dependent on the epidemiological data that one uses to define the average age of pubertal onset.
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