Menstrual disorders have many causes. There are steps that may help prevent some problems.
Some problems can be treated before they cause heavy bleeding, such as:
Intense workouts can cause periods to stop. The body does not make enough estrogen when this happens. This can put a woman at risk for health problems, such as weakened bones.
Amenorrhea is often due to having too much or too little body fat. Staying at a healthy weight can help lower the risk of problems.
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Last reviewed September 2019 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Elliot M. Levine, MD, FACOG
Last Updated: 11/20/2020