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Reducing Your Risk of Menstrual Disorders

Menstrual disorders have many causes. There are steps that may help prevent some problems.

Heavy Bleeding

Some problems can be treated before they cause heavy bleeding, such as:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Blood clotting problems
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Pelvic infection


Lower the Intensity of Workouts

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.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

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.

Lower Stress

High levels of stress can change periods. Lowering stress may help. This may be done with things like meditation, deep breathing, progressive relaxation, yoga, and biofeedback.

Treat Health Problems That Can Lead to Amenorrhea

Some health problems can be treated before they lead to amenorrhea, such as:


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Klein DA, Poth MA. Amenorrhea: an approach to diagnosis and management. Am Fam Physician. 2013 Jun 1;87(11):781-788.

Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Elliot M. Levine, MD, FACOG