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Prevention

In many cases, teenage girls can help to prevent primary amenorrhea. They should follow a sensible exercise program. And they should maintain a normal weight.

Primary amenorrhea caused by anatomic abnormalities cannot be prevented.

You can prevent some forms of secondary amenorrhea. Take the following steps:

  • Eat a balanced diet that meets your recommended daily nutritional needs.

  • Exercise moderately, but not excessively, to maintain an ideal body weight and muscle tone.

  • Find healthy outlets for emotional stress and daily conflicts.

  • Balance work, recreation and rest.

  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking.

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