This guest blog post was written by Sabina Braverman, MPA, with tips from a group of wonderful practitioners from around the world.
Disclaimer: the information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not designed to replace individualized recommendations from a practitioner. Always check with your doctor before adding supplements or making changes to your treatment plan.
With the sore breasts, mood swings, cravings, and cramping, it can be tempting for us to want to wish our periods away for good.
It can be easy to forget just how important our period is when we are polishing off a chocolate bar, whilst simultaneously sobbing at a video of a rescue dog that popped up on our Facebook feed. However, our menstrual cycle is actually one of the greatest indicators of our health— both hormonal and overall.
So what does it mean when it’s that time of the month, but our period doesn’t show? First of all, there’s a name for it: amenorrhea, which according to the Mayo clinic is the absence of menstruation.
Women who have missed at least three menstrual cycles in a row are said to have amenorrhea, although it is not a "disease" in itself. Instead, amenorrhea can be a clue that there is an underlying medical condition present.
Read on to learn about the two types of amenorrhea and to access tips on how to naturally address amenorrhea from seven rockstar practitioners.
"There isn't a one-size-fits-all method of diagnosing the underlying cause(s) of amenorrhea."
The Two Types of Amenorrhea
With Secondary Amenorrhea, an individual misses more than three menstrual cycles in a row or fails to menstruate for six months after having previously menstruated normally.
There can be a variety of potential causes of secondary amenorrhea, ranging from natural to hormonal.
How to Test for Amenorrhea
As you can see, the reasons for the phenomenon of amenorrhea are quite diverse. Because of this, there isn't a one-size-fits-all method of diagnosing the underlying cause(s) of amenorrhea.
Instead, your provider will likely take a holistic approach to diagnosis and subsequent treatment. They will likely first ask questions about your menstrual and sexual history, before diving deeper with a variety of tests.
These tests may include:
- Pregnancy Test
- Thyroid Function Tests
- Ovary Function Tests
- Hormone Panel
- MRI, CT, or Ultrasound
Registered dietitian Kelli Shallal (MPH, RD), says it’s important to “look at ALL areas of your life including your weight, intake of carbs/protein/fat, stress levels, and exercise amounts!”
About The Practitioners
In case you missed it, be sure to download our “How to Have Happy Hormones” guide today for some more tips about topics like Dysmenorrhea, Endometriosis, Hormonal Acne, PCOS, Perimenopause, and PMS.
Also, check out our most recent blog post all about dysmenorrhea, or painful periods.
Thank you to the wonderful women that made this booklet possible!
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