Anyone dealing with exercize-induced amenorrhea?

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reti856

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 14:29
Anyone dealing with (or dealt with) exercize-induced amenorrhea even at a normal weight on the BMI scale?

Any tips? Cautions? Experiences? The more I read the more I observe how common this is especially among athletes.

My docs aren't surprised since my work out schedule is relatively intense for me but they don't seem to think I should be terribly worried yet. Because I'm paranoid, I booked a visit with a new PCP just in case my docs aren't giving A+ advice.

Personally, I have never had such late or missing periods - even when I was legitimately underweight (ex. 20 lbs less than today - yuck). And, nope, not pregnant.

I upped my calories and increased number of cheat days but still continue to drop weight and body fat. It's bugging me out but otherwise I love my diet and exercize routines.

Is fat in your diet the key? Any tips on increasing healthy fats without increasing cholesterol for a vegetarian that cant digest heavy dairy fat like cheese and butter? I have added zero percent milk fat greek yogurt and more nuts and nut butters to my diet. still no regular ladytime. Sad
greerp

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 15:26
You are not eating enough if you are getting amenorrhea.

You are right to add fats. If you can't have dairy try more olive oil, avacados, coconut oil, nuts, eggs(unless you a vegan). If you are going to drink milk, drink whole milk and eat regular yogurt, not the processed low fat crap.
mammasix

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 16:03
If it doesn't happen after 3 months, you need to see your doctor. Lifestyle changes can and often do cause a shift in menstral patterns, that's not a worry. The worry comes if it doesn't return after 3 months.
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reti856

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Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 08:51
mammasix wrote:
If it doesn't happen after 3 months, you need to see your doctor. Lifestyle changes can and often do cause a shift in menstral patterns, that's not a worry. The worry comes if it doesn't return after 3 months.


That's what my doctor was saying too. Thanks for the info. I think I needed to hear it from others. I share my food diary with my PCP and my GI doc (I have colitis and IBS, so good nutrition is always a rocky road). I'm not undernourishing or eating too few calories and my various vitamin/nutrient levels except for vitamin D are great (way better than other periods of my life). I guess I'll look into my hormone levels if it doesn't come back in 6 to 8 weeks. It's just weird that I have never had this problem even though I have eaten horribly at stints in my less healthy history.

I'll stick to half an avocado or a hand full of nuts a day extra. I already eat tons of egg whites. My only consisistent dairy is 0% milkfat greek yogurt which i wouldn't say is processed low fat crap. it's just strained. i avoid all other dairy because heavy dairy fats spike my cholesterol and trigger my digestive disorders and then i'm not getting any nutrients. blech. me and dairy are not friends.

greerp

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Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 09:01
It's processed if they add a ton of sugar to it to make up for it being low fat.

Dairy is not going to spike your cholesterol.
reti856

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Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 09:07
greerp wrote:
It's processed if they add a ton of sugar to it to make up for it being low fat.

Dairy is not going to spike your cholesterol.


Thanks, greerp, but there are only 7 grams of sugar in a serving of 0% milkfat greek yogurt. And after a year of cholesterol monitoring with my doctors, dairy does indeed spike my cholesterol - Specifically whole dairy products like milk, cheese and butter. For me it's most evident in my LDL level and often a 20 point difference in my total cholesterol. Since I got rid of most dairy even my HDL shot up.
greerp

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Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 09:15
Sounds like it is just latose and not added sugar. I have the opposite effect with dairy. My cholestrol got better. But then again, I eat low carb too.
reti856

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 09:33
Yaaaaay! My ladytime has returned. The hormones are in balance. Apparently I just have a 7 week cycle when exercizing. Weird. Seeing a nutritionist Wednesday. Smile
greerp

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 09:46
Every once in awhile I will skip a period. I think it has more to do with me getting older though - 39.
reti856

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 10:09
greerp wrote:
Every once in awhile I will skip a period. I think it has more to do with me getting older though - 39.


Ah-ha, age! I forgot I was subject to that. Blah. Still, not quite there at 32.
BELLA691967

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 12:03
skipping periods is more likely from not having enough calorie intake or over exercise.
BELLA691967

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 12:05
nuts high in fats are great, & you can cook with coconut oil which is a great source of fat, tastes good & is good for hair, skin & nails.
reti856

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 13:07
Thanks, Bella. I love both nuts and coconut oil (coconut anything really). And it does indeed appear to have been the effect of just a little too much exercize without a gentle boost in calories.
figsandolive...

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Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 17:39
Yes this happened to me about 3-4 years ago I think. At the time, I was doing Weight Watchers and running A LOT. Suddenly, I noticed I was missing my period (after losing close to 30 pounds).. I panicked and basically started eating more & cut down on the running and it came back eventually. I was without my period for about 3-4 months total. It took a month for it to come back.
It's basically from not enough calories, my reproductive organs shutdown. I literally was in "starvation mode", even though I wasn't underweight. I reached about 138 lbs.
reti856

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Posted: 19 Jul 2011, 09:25
figsandolives wrote:
Yes this happened to me about 3-4 years ago I think. At the time, I was doing Weight Watchers and running A LOT. Suddenly, I noticed I was missing my period (after losing close to 30 pounds).. I panicked and basically started eating more & cut down on the running and it came back eventually. I was without my period for about 3-4 months total. It took a month for it to come back.
It's basically from not enough calories, my reproductive organs shutdown. I literally was in "starvation mode", even though I wasn't underweight. I reached about 138 lbs.


Thanks for the information! I did the same thing you did and it returned after a month too. It seems I just have to stay at 16% body fat otherwise it goes away.
Houndgal

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Posted: 21 Jul 2011, 09:11
You need a certain amount of healthy oils in your diet to make the hormones in your body that do things like regulate a womans menses cycle. Fats also are needed top make antibodies, treats, absorb nutrients like vitamin D.
,Yes,see a nutritionist and bring a food log. Over exercise, anorexia, and other issues can cause your cycle to get
irregular or stop and stress too can play a role. God luck.
Healthy sources of fast are best. Olive oil, canola oil, salmon, nuts like walnuts, avocado. Dairy has butter fats so consume in moderation.
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coxmea

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Posted: 29 Jul 2011, 10:20
Hi Ginny -

I maintained a very intense workout routine for 3 or 4 years (think 4 -5 hours of moderate to intense exercise per day) and only had my period when I took time off. Although some of my family thought it was unhealthy, my doctor said no worries. It's really just from the exercise. Your body doesn't have enough extra "stuff" to have a period. With a healthy, well-monitored diet, you will be fine. My doctor just told me to take an iron supplement and eat eggs and spinach for essential B vitamins (I was vegetarian also at the time). Protein can be a concern, but iron and b vitamins are of more concern, as is calcium. Like I said, carefully monitor your diet and calories expended vs consumed - that's what determines if you lose weight or not.

Best of luck - I hope that helped!!

reti856

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Posted: 29 Jul 2011, 12:06
Thanks, that's very helpful!
Erica5

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Posted: 01 Dec 2011, 21:58
I, also, am having this issue right now. It's comforting to know that others have experienced it as well, and have been able to re-gain their cycle.
I am 5'7", quite active, and was 119 lbs when given the amenorrhea diagnosis and am trying, on my doctor's advice, to get my weight back up to between 130-135 lbs. It seems to be a slow process for sure.
If you look at my food diary, you'll see that I already eat lots of the things you've all been discussing here - I guess it's just a matter of time... :/
reti856

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Posted: 02 Dec 2011, 09:00
Thank you for sharing this! I'm back to a more normal (for me) 28-32 day cycle now, so you know. My workout routine now includes a rest day and I also increased my calories by about 200-300 and upped my healthy fats by about 15ish grams - so my body fat percentage is up but my weight is similar, give or take a few pounds standard fluctuation.



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