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Written by MrsL1984
20 February 2011
Many women with Amenorrhea are happy to have an irregular period. They often feel that they are luckier than their friends because they don't suffer from PMS, cramps, and all the other miserable aspects that come from menstruation. But a lot of women don't know that it is important for your health to have a regular menstrual cycle. Did you know that having an irregular period can lead to heart problems?
Many of us who suffer from Amenorrhea do not know the cause. In my case, I was diagnosed with PCOS as the primary cause of my irregular periods. I subscribe to a newsletter from http://www.pcosupport.org/ and it is from this source that the following information is taken. Even though this information is primarily for women with PCOS, the information is true for any woman with Amenorrhea, regardless of the cause.
So why is it so important to have a regular period?
Studies show that irregular periods carry an increased risk of heart disease:
"Researchers who focused on 27,000 Dutch women
found that those who reported regular monthly periods were 28% less
likely to develop heart problems than those who said their cycles were
Although not all the women with irregular periods in the survey suffered from PCOS, the latter condition is a proven cause of disrupted menstrual cycles and has long been linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease as well as infertility.
PCOS is closely associated with metabolic syndrome
- a cluster of increased risk factors for heart disease like high blood
pressure and unhealthy levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol."
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