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What Every Woman Should Know About Missing Her Period 

So my gorgeous friend and co-host on The Period Party (do you listen in?) Nicole Jardim has just launched her newest program Bring Back Your Period & Regulate Your Cycle.   A woman after my own heart, we drum the same beat.  I asked her to drop in today and share a little on missing periods, where they go and how you can get yours back!

 

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Your period is missing! Where and why did it go? When will it come back? Why is this bothering you so much when you’ve wished countless times for your period to go away anyways?

Anyone who has experienced Amenorrhea knows about the anxiety caused by our friend who usually visits every month, suddenly going M.I.A. I mean, how dare she just dip out on you when she’s accompanied you (without invitation!) to so many dances, dates, beach weekends, and final exams?

Amenorrhea isn’t a disease, curse, or illness, but rather a symptom of something else going on with your body. Finding out exactly what is behind your Amenorrhea can be tricky because it can be an indicator of many different issues. The following are some of the main causes of Amenorrhea.

Hormone Imbalances

For the most part hormonal imbalances are behind the majority of Amenorrhea cases. Typically, the hormonal imbalance associated with amenorrhea is low estrogen or a combination of low estrogen and low progesterone.

When a woman’s estrogen and/or progesterone are too low, her body is unable to build up the uterine lining and subsequently shed that uterine lining each month (aka your period).

What exactly is causing this kind of hormonal imbalance can be one or a number of things. These are some of the top contributors:

  • Hormonal Birth Control (especially the pill)
  • Quitting Hormonal Birth Control (Post-Pill Amenorrhea)
  • Eating Disorders like anorexia or bulimia
  • Exercising too much (CrossFit 5 times a week anyone?)
  • Mental and emotional stress
  • Low body weight
  • Low thyroid function (hypothyroid)
  • Early-onset menopause (before age 40) caused by premature ovarian failure

Additionally, a woman might have an issue where her body is producing too much testosterone, a male sex hormone. High testosterone can actually prevent or significantly delay ovulation each month, which causes periods to become irregular or disappear completely. This problem is commonly diagnosed as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

Structural and Genetic Issues

These issues usually require more than just food and lifestyle changes. If you have any of these problems or conditions, chances are that you already know it. For instance, if you are experiencing Primary Amenorrhea, which means you’ve never had a period and you are 16 years or older, then one of these might apply to you and you should see a doctor to determine the cause.

  • Asherman’s Syndrome – uterine scarring or adhesions, which can prevent blood from exiting the uterus.
  • Pituitary tumor – which causes high levels of the hormone prolactin. Prolactin suppresses ovulation and menstruation.
  • Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome – under-developed reproductive organs or a lack of them.
  • Other genetic structural abnormalities

 

Medications

You know all those scary side effects that most medications list? Well, sometimes those lists include missing your monthly cycle. Here are some meds that commonly cause Amenorrhea:

  • Hormonal Birth Control
  • Antidepressants
  • Blood pressure medicines
  • Chemotherapy
  • Allergy Medications
  • Antipsychotics

Natural Reasons

Our body progresses through natural phases and cycles where sometimes Amenorrhea is completely expected, so no need for alarm bells! These include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breast-feeding
  • Peri-menopause and menopause

Many women tell me that not having a period is a blessing or they don’t want kids so why should they care about whether they have a period or not. My response is this: Regardless of whether you want children or not, it is imperative to understand that your period health is reflective of your overall health. If your period is missing or irregular, something deeper is going on that you need to look at.

 

There are also many physical and emotional symptoms associated with Amenorrhea that are no fun. These include:

 

  • More acne than you’ve ever experienced in your life!
  • Hair loss on your head or hair growth on your face (oh the injustice of it all)
  • Your sexy underwear stays in your drawer thanks to a non-existent sex drive
  • Or worse… when you do have sex, it hurts like hell
  • Low or no fertile cervical fluid – yes, sometimes your underwear can be too clean
  • Your energy is so low you can’t get out of bed easily or even get through the day without caffeine or sugar
  • Depression or mood swings that disrupt your relationships and your life

If you have not had a period for more than three months and you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, I highly recommend seeing your doctor to determine the exact cause.

If you want real solutions though, I highly recommend you sign up for Nicole’s free 3-part video series, Bring Back Your Period & Regulate Your Cycle. In it she will debunk the myths around your period and cover her top solutions to help you address your amenorrhea and the symptoms associated with it.

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16 Responses to “What Every Woman Should Know About Missing Her Period ”

  1. bianca

    I litereally JUST posted a blog about my issue with hair loss post pill!! No idea this was a thing!! http://sprouthealth.com.au/tips-strong-healthy-hair-reason-mine/

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  2. Ashleigh

    I didn’t know hair loss was a thing either!! I experienced dramatic hair loss coming off the pill, and it is still falling out more than usual 8 months later. It’s such an annoying thing 🙁 I feel great and my cycle has started returning but the hair loss upsets me as I had such fine hair to begin with. Has anyone else gone through this and have some tips to help make hair healthy again?

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  3. Maddy

    What about dermoid ovarian cysts? I know the cause of my M.I.A period which are these cysts. Doc’s said they can simply remove them with laparoscopic (keyhole surgery). The doc’s said I have had them for ages ( years) which explains a lot…all the irregular periods in high school and afterwards. But I’m more worried about what to do naturally, health and lifestyle wise to stop or lessen the chance of these cysts returning or growing back?

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  4. Sarah

    Great post! After a pretty stressful 2 yrs without a period, I am happy to say I’ve now had 3 in a row! Hoorah! After I quit the pill, I never got a period. After some investigation (turns out I’m one of those ones with a Pituitary tumor that makes too much prolactin-throwing my other hormones out of whack) I have worked with my naturopath, acupuncturist & endo to get my periods back!! It’s great to read more about these issues & what great support resources there is out there!!!!

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  5. Keely

    Definitely get the hair loss thing – has always been a problem, but greatly accelerated in the last 18 months since coming off the pill.
    The only thing about this I didn’t get is the hypo thyroid note – I have Hashimotos thyroiditis, but due to medication spend most of my time borderline hyper, and still have the very scant periods. Can anyone explain this?

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  6. Melissa

    I was put on the pill at 13 because I was a rather silly young girl and made some less than intelligent choices, but also to “regulate my period”. I am now 21 and have been on the pill for aprox 8 years straight. After reading all of these I’d really like to stop but I’m afraid of the weight gain, hair loss or any other side effects.
    Could anybody give me some advice?

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  7. Meeka

    Nat, this is a really great blog. Having been on The Pill for almost 10 years I decided enough was enough- 10 months off it and I’m yet to have a period. The mood swings, lack of energy and my goodness the acne are driving me nuts. No amount of heathy eating/living is making a difference. My GP says it will just take time, and in the mean time suggests an invasive ultra sound and round of blood tests, which I’m reluctant to do. Iv also had recommended ‘Vitex’ and ‘EPO’- anyone have any thoughts on these?

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  8. Jodie

    “Regardless of whether you want children or not, it is imperative to understand that your period health is reflective of your overall health. If your period is missing or irregular, something deeper is going on that you need to look at.”
    Love, love, love it. Our cycle is one of our best diagnositc tools for our overall health, no? I’ve really come to understand that over the last few years.
    Actually, a little confession – it was hearing you speak at an online fertility summit a few years back that woke me up to this. I was on the pill back then, and why I joined that summit, I have no idea, but listening to your talk made me realise just what I was doing to my body. A month later, I quit the pill – using your fertiliseyourself ebook as one of my main supports in the process – and have been learning more and more about my cycle and my feminine body ever since. Life changer.
    I don’t normally comment on people’s blogs – I’m a little comment shy – but I’m just now in the process of launching an online business with my fiance, and I’m finally getting just how valuable feedback from an audience is. It can be a lonely path, otherwise, right?
    So I just wanted to say thanks.
    Honestly, your talk opened me up to a whole new, empowered life. If I’m ever in Melb, I’d love to come to one of your talks / visit your practice.
    But until then, thanks from a stranger.
    And keep up the amazing work, Nat. x

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  9. Dee black

    My periods always been once every 2-3 months since I was young I was on the pill and had the injection but now I’m not on anything atm

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  10. pinky

    Hi …i need help as i m having Pcos and Endometriosis. I want to conceive too.

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  11. Hrisaly

    Hello!i’ve been suffering since last year from from early menopause,I’m 33years old.now I’m trying to find solution on homeopathy,any advice please?or link some older posts that I missed..thank you!you do a great job!

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    • Nat Kringoudis

      I’m sad to hear that you are struggling with your hormones! I’d love to help. It’s super difficult to give specific advice without a consultation, but there is so much here for you. Without knowing what your hormones are doing specifically, I’d be inclined to look into how you can support them better – not that many women are actually going through early menopause I find – they are simply suffering from hormone imbalance. Check out my posts on excess oestrogen and hormone imbalance – hopefully this helps you get started. xNK

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