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can the common cold sometimes cause amenorrhea? can an illness such as a common cold ever cause amenorrhea?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Not exactly: Some causes of amenorrhea (loss of menstrual periods) can include severe weight loss and illness, so i suppose it is distantly possible. That being said, the nature of the common cold is that it should not make one sick enough for long enough to produce amenorrhea. Some women have rather irregular cycles which are exquisitely sensitive to physical or emotional stress and in that case possibly.
Dr. Seth Derman
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
Not really : Colds are not known to cause amenorrhea. However, stress from any source may disrupt your cycles.

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Should I be concerned that my daughter is getting colds repeatedly?

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Dr. Florence Nwofor
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Several issues of concern will need to be addressed; age of your child, environmental exposures to include daycare attendance and secondary smoke, growth and development, and your child's ability to ward off infections. A visit with your pcp will allow a thorough assessment to determine the cause and consequently the appropriate management to promote your child's health.
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Does echinacea work against the common cold?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Probably not much: There is some german literature that shows minor benefit.
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Does zinc work against the common cold?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 21 years experience
No: There are several studies that clearly show that zinc is not helpful in the treatment of the common cold (although one recent study slightly points otherwise). Additionally zinc can be poorly tolerated in tablet or lozenge form causing nausea. A nasal spray form of zinc, sold as zicam, has actually been shown to permenantly damage the sense of smell. Do not use zinc as treatment for colds.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Does exercise induce amenorrhea?

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Dr. Sunil Prof. Wimalawansa
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Excessive - yes: Excessive exercise and stress are known to induce amenorrhea via a mechanism involving the brain and the pituitary gland within it. This is particularly a problem in teenage girls who take part in competitive sports or long distance running (or have eating disorders), where such can lead to loss of bone mineral density due to relative estrogen deficiency, and even fractures.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is amenorrhea a result of anorexia?

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Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Women losing weight significantly and rapidly can loose their periods and develop amenorrhea. Amenorrhea is a well recognized consequence of anorexia.

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