Absent Period… also Known as Amenorrhea

IT’S A SILENT PLAGUE –NO ONE IS REALLY TALKING ABOUT: LOSING YOUR PERIOD.

 

Amenorrhea

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Amenorrhoea (BE), amenorrhea (AmE), or amenorrhœa, is the absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age. Physiological states of amenorrhoea are seen, most commonly, during pregnancy and lactation (breastfeeding), the latter also forming the basis of a form of contraception known as the lactational amenorrhoea method. Outside of the reproductive years, there is the absence of menses during childhood and after menopause.

Amenorrhea is divided into two distinct groups:  Primary amenorrhea and secondary amenorrhea. Absent menstrual cycles due to perimenopause and menopause are not considered amenorrhea.

A healthy menstrual cycle depends on a healthy body.  It’s important to learn how you can bring your cycle back naturally.

Primary Amenorrhea also defined as the absence of menstruation by age of 14 with no secondary sexual characteristics, or at age 16 regardless of secondary sexual characteristics.  Secondary sexual characteristics in women are larger breasts, opening and widening of the hips, armpit, pubic and leg hair and body odor.  Only 0.3% of women suffer from primary amenorrhea.

Healthy diet
Healthy diet

In most cases, natural therapies don’t work as well for women with primary amenorrhea since there is an underlying developmental issue, and it may be best to find a reproductive endocrinologist to work with. This is not to say that natural therapies and herbs will not heal primary amenorrhea, it’s just that this condition is more challenging to work with. You will still benefit from a healthy lifestyle by eating well and exercising daily

Then secondary amenorrhea defined as the absence of menstruation for at least 3 previous cycle lengths, or 6 months in a woman who previously had a menstrual cycle and is still in her reproductive years.  Reproductive years are when a woman begins her menstrual cycle in puberty until menopause around ages 40-55.

A cycle that has stopped is not a disease, this is a sign that there is an imbalance in the body.  A healthy regular cycle has a complex system of messages and actions that are being sent from the endocrine system.  The endocrine glands function together to send messages via your hormones and are also called the feedback loop.

In plain simple terms, the hypothalamus produces GnRH (gonadotrophin-releasing hormones) which signals to the pituitary to produce LH (luteinizing hormones) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) to signal to the ovaries that it is their turn to release estrogen and progesterone which is recognized by the pituitary gland.

Easy right? Not so. As you can see a healthy cycle is dependent on each part of the feedback loop functioning properly. Think of it as an orchestra, if just one part of the cycle is off, it will throw the entire cycle off, causing imbalances that can affect regular menstrual cycles.

Here are some causes of an absent period and in the follow-up series, I will explain each subject in more detail.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Being Overweight or Underweight

Too much exercise

Stress

Thyroid issues

Premature Ovarian Failure

So how do I get it back?

You have to understand, there is not one magical answer, but a number of factors that can play a role on your path to getting your period back naturally.

The following are tips you can follow without needing a doctor’s visit or a prescription.

  1. De-stress

  2. Heal the Gut

  3. Eat Enough (Or Enough Balance)

  4. Supplement Smart

  5. Exercise to Feel Alive not overworked

  6. Recharge (Sleep)

Are you struggling with an irregular cycle, or with the absence of your period?  

You no longer have to suffer alone!  I can help!

It has been proven that women are able to have comfortable and regular menstrual cycles without the use of hormones and toxic medication. With a few lifestyle changes, including diet, sleep, the reduction of stress and asana, our menstrual cycle can be something that we celebrate as it represents the gift of life and femininity. In addition to the effort women put into a MoonStruation program, our attitudes towards menstruation need to change. We are not our mind, however, our thoughts influence the way we perceive the world and therefore positive thought generates positive action.

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