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Reducing Your Risk of Menstrual Disorders
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:
- 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.
Abnormal uterine bleeding. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/approach-to/abnormal-uterine-bleeding. Updated October 10, 2019. Accessed November 14, 2019.
Amenorrhea. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/amenorrhea. Updated January 16, 2018. Accessed November 14, 2019.
Bleeding Disorders in Women. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/blooddisorders/women/index.html. Updated April 25, 2018. Accessed November 14, 2019.
Klein DA, Poth MA. Amenorrhea: an approach to diagnosis and management. Am Fam Physician. 2013 Jun 1;87(11):781-788.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Elliot M. Levine, MD, FACOG
- Review Date: 09/2019
- Update Date: 11/20/2020