Everything You Need to Know About Amenorrhea

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Amenorrhea is the absence of menstrual bleeding in females.Our period is a monthly feedback report on the current state of your health. So if it’s gone missing.. it might be a big red flag to get to work and figure out what’s going on “under the hood.”

Amenorrhea is Completely Normal:
-During pregnancy
-During breastfeeding after child birth
-Menopause (and peri-menopause)

Potential Contributors to Amenorrhea?
– Low estrogen levels
– Low progesterone AND estrogen levels
– High androgen/testosterone levels
– Low calorie diets
– Low body fat or too low of a body weight*
– Low fat diets (cholesterol is a pre-cursor for sex hormones)
– Low carbohydrate diets (low carb disrupts LH -> no ovulation -> no period)
– Hormonal birth control (active use or after coming off birth control)
– Overtraining/overexercising
– Low thyroid function

*Important to note: You can also be a normal body weight and still lose your period if calories are too low for your activity levels.

Medications That May Contribute to Amenorrhea:
– Hormonal birth control
– Blood pressure medications
– Antidepressants/anti-anxiety medications
– Chemotherapy drugs

Daily Habits That May Naturally Remedy Amenorrhea:
– Get lab work pulled and work with a doctor to rule out things like PCOS and hypothyroidism
– Eat at maintenance calories (check my ebooks!) and consume adequate dietary fat (anecdotally, a minimum of 60-70g of fat seems to work well)
– Consider supplementing with zinc, magnesium, vitamin D (if low on labwork), and a vitamin B complex
– Balance blood sugar and eat well-rounded meals of protein/carb/fat/veggies/fiber and some fruit
– Up the ante on gut health via probiotics, collagen, bone broth, and fermented foods
– Super high food quality (eat organic produce and meats as much as possible)
– Consider minimizing consumption of gluten, dairy, soy, corn, & processed foods
– Minimize/reduce caffeine and alcohol intake
– Prioritize 8-9 hours of sleep at night

The Hormone Cure by Sarah Gottfried & The Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden are great reads if this is something you’re struggling with.

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