Why am I not getting my period? | Nourish with Melanie #62

Why am I not getting my period? | Nourish with Melanie #62


So, you want to have a baby, but you’re not
getting your period? If you’re not getting your period, this could
be a sign that you’re not ovulating, so may not be able to conceive naturally. Although this can be caused by medical reasons,
your diet could also be the cause. Today we’re going to look at the dietary reasons
that you may not be getting your period, and what to do about it. Stay tuned! If you haven’t had a period for over three
months and there’s no medical reason why you’ve stopped menstruating, it’s called secondary
amenorrhea. I’m going to take you through 7 common causes
for this condition…. The first is that your body weight, or more
specifically, your body fat, is too low. Now, you may be naturally slim, or maybe you’ve
struggled with an eating disorder, or maybe you’ve even become malnourished as the result
of medical reasons such as undergoing chemotherapy….either way, the treatment is to increase your levels
of body fat. Now, this doesn’t mean bingeing on junk food…you
still need to eat well if you want to conceive, but try to… increase your portion sizes,
increase the number of snacks that you eat, and increase your intake of good fats in your
diet such as avocado, extra virgin olive oil and nuts. You’ll probably find that it’s really hard
to gain body fat, even when you increase your food intake, as when your levels of body fat
are low, you can develop hypermetabolism….which means that your metabolism runs really quickly. It’s kind of like you’re running a marathon
all day, even though you’re just sitting on the couch. So, if you need help, make an appointment
with a fertility dietitian. Number two is Excessive exercise. This means that you’re burning more calories
exercising than you consume in a day. This can impact your body’s hormone levels,
and cause your periods to stop. The treatment? Decreasing your levels of physical activity
for a while…. Our third cause is the opposite problems…. Having
excess body weight. Too much body fat can also cause your periods
to stop. Body fat, or adipose tissue as it’s officially
known, actually produces hormones such as oestrogen which can have a domino impact on
other reproductive hormones. If you think too much body fat could be the
reason why you’re not getting your periods, try to lose some weight, in a healthy way
of course, and see if your period comes back. Fourthly, thyroid conditions. The thyroid is a small gland in your neck
that produces thyroid hormones. These thyroid hormones play a key role in
regulating your menstrual cycle. If your thyroid hormones are under or over
active, it can impact the frequency of your periods, or even cause them to stop. You can easily get your thyroid hormones checked
by your doctor. If you do have thyroid issues, you might like
to check out my tutorial on thyroid hormones and fertility. Okey dokey, number 5 is a condition called
PCOS, or poly cystic ovarian syndrome. Many women with PCOS have their reproductive
hormones out of kilter, so this can result in irregular or non-existent periods. This condition needs to be diagnosed by your
doctor, but can be treated by a dietitian. Once your hormones are back in order again,
your periods should recommence. Number six is Nutritional deficiencies,
specifically an iron deficiency, but other nutritional deficiencies may play a role too. Iron deficiency anemia has been found to cause
amenorrhea. And, conditions such as untreated Coeliac
Disease which result in a malabsorption of nutrients. If you’ve got some sort of malabsorption or
nutritional deficiency condition, I’d highly recommend a consultation with a dietitian. And, finally Stress can also be enough to
cause your periods to stop. Again, high stress levels can impact upon
your hormonal levels. This is why some people gain or lose a lot
of weight during periods of extreme stress. Now, I know that reducing your stress levels
is much easier said that done, but if stress is the cause of your periods stopping, it
is definitely time to get some help. So, if you’re asking yourself “Why am I not
getting my period?” – See a psychologist to assess your stress
levels, – Get a body composition analysis to check
your levels of body fat, – Get a check up with your doctor to rule
out conditions such as PCOS, thyroid problems or undiagnosed Coeliac disease,
– Get a blood test to check on your nutritional status, and
– See a fertility dietitian to help optimise your dietary intake. To help you optimise your diet and achieve
regular periods again, I’ve created a free meal plan. Just go to www.melaniemcgrice.com/fertility
to download it. And, make sure that you subscribe so that
you receive my weekly fertility tutorials. Have a great week!

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