Hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA)
- the loss of periods due to stress on the body.
This stress can be due to mental stress, low body weight, under-eating, over-exercising and something I am seeing more frequently is lack of carbs in the diet, even if you are eating enough calories. (carbs are really important for luteninizing hormone which triggers ovulation. Under-eating also disrupts LH)
Over the past few months I have seen more and more women come in to me who are trying to bring their natural cycle back. The clients who have HA who come in to me are very fit, healthy, toned young women - usually with no other health complaints, bar losing their period. A lot of them stick to ‘clean eating’, whereby a small amount of oats or sweet potato at dinner on workout days are the only form of carbs in the diet.
It's often common to lose out on your period when coming off the pill. Remember that the bleed you get on the pill is NOT a real cycle and therefore not a real period. It’s also really important to remember that pregnancy is not the only reason why we need a period - it’s what comes before our period - Ovulation! Ovulation is not just about making a baby - it’s about making our oestrogen and progesterone, two amazing hormones that influence so many different aspects of our body from energy to mood to sex drive even to bone health. THIS is why we want a period. In most cases period = ovulation ❤️ . . 🌸Medical Treatment - from what I have seen in the clinic, the pill seems to be the only current medical ‘treatment’ (the pill stops ovulation and gives a fake period, therefore is not a real treatment). If you have been offered something else, I would love to hear about it.
🌸Holistic Treatment - increase calories + complex carbohydrates. Reduce high intensity exercises (try slower pace workouts like yoga). Think about putting on some body weight, if needed. Supplement-wise, I use an amazing herb called Agnus Catus and also Ashwaganda. 💕 . ✨Lastly, HA is often misdiagnosed as PCOS. In both conditions it’s common to see cysts on the ovaries, so an ultrasound should not be the only way to diagnose PCOS. A lot of clients I see get diagnosed with PCOS, only to be told at a later date that they don’t have it - this is why! Always get your bloods checked to be sure. There are very clear markers on a blood test that will show if it is HA!
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