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By August 8, 2010 - 12:57am
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im a fitness athlete and havent had a normal cycle in over a year and a half. please let me know what vitamins, foods, etc i should take or start eating to have a flow again! thank you!

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Hi dianna!

Thanks for your question and welcome!

Unfortunately, vitamins and food will not give you back your period or make it regular if you are over-exercising. While a healthy diet is instrumental in giving a woman a) her period and b) regularity, many women who over-exercise and/or work out constantly end up lacking periods or having very irregular ones. This is not a good indication of health. It is your body's way of telling you to stop what you are currently doing and re-evaulate.

Now all of the above is IF you are exercising compulsively. And "compulsively" is relative, depending on the person! You may not be over-exercising but since you started you post with saying that you are a fitness athlete, I suspect you may realize that one may have something to do with the other (if not, we'd be more than happy to talk about other possibilities.)

What you have is called Amenorrhea - a lack of periods. Here are some risk factors :

Specific causes of amenorrhea include:

■Dramatic weight loss, particularly from drastic diets, eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia , or excessive exercise
■Dramatic weight gain or morbid obesity
■Birth defects including lack of a uterus, vagina, or other reproductive organs
■Medical conditions including cystic fibrosis , Cushing's disease , polycystic ovary , or Prader-Willi syndrome
■Psychological stress—can lead to a hormonal imbalance sufficient to cause amenorrhea.
■Medications—some antidepressants, chemotherapeutics, corticosteroids, certain contraceptives.
■Chromosomal abnormalities
■Hermaphroditism (having both male and female reproductive organs)
■Pituitary tumor
■Thyroid dysfunction
■Uterine scarring

Risk Factors
Women who eat a diet that doesn’t provide sufficient caloric intake, exercise excessively, or suffer under considerable psychological distress are more likely to experience amenorrhea.

You can read a lot more on our Amenorrhea page, including exert advice and the experiences of other women - and further explanations of this condition. Click here: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/amenorrhea-0

Please let us know your current food and exercise regime as it will help us help you a lot more. Amenorrhea is something that is often easily reversible once the body returns to a state of balance.

Dianna- I hope to hear back from you and I look forward to talking about this further!


August 8, 2010 - 9:09am
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