Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation for one or more months for any number of reasons, including pregnancy, menopause, hormonal birth control or the ever-elusive troublemaker, stress. The road to addressing amenorrhea is a winding one, but we’re giving you a head-start with these incredible tips:
- Work with a professional to address this, especially if this has been going on for more than 3 months. The two most common reasons for lack of periods are:
- Under-eating or, more specifically, under-eating carbs
- PCOS. Also, under-eating is often misdiagnosed as PCOS!
- Make sure you’re actually consuming enough calories for your activity level. Regardless of how much you weigh, a chronic energy deficit can trigger the loss of your period. It’s important to eat healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, grass-fed butter/ghee, pastured eggs (including the yolk). It’s also especially important to include carbohydrates. Healthy carb sources include sweet potatoes, potatoes, plantains, yucca, winter squash, brown rice, quinoa, oats, and beans and legumes.
- Typically, when women aren’t having a regular period, it is because a hormone imbalance is preventing them from ovulating. Balancing hormones and supporting monthly ovulation is key in getting regular, predictable periods.
- Other causes of amenorrhea can include: thyroid imbalances, elevated prolactin levels (often seen in breastfeeding), PCOS, and post birth control syndrome. In women who have never had a period, further investigations into structural, as well as genetic abnormalities need to be assessed.