Amenorrhea: Lack Of Periods
Self Help For Amenorrhoea
Once you have excluded pregnancy and menopause and ruled out other illness as possible causes,
there are several things you can do to correct your hormone balance.
a. Improve your diet: make sure you have all the nutrients necessary for normal hormone balance, including vitamin B, particularly B6, folic acid, vitamin E, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and EFAs. Common causes of amenorrhoea are deficiencies of B6 and zinc, indicated by white spots on the fingernails, slow healing, poor resistance and a tendency to stretch marks. You may need to take supplements for a few months - take evening primrose oil, B complex and a multimineral and vitamin supplement.
b. Do not allow your weight to drop below 112 lb (50 kg) and if you have a tendency to underweight make sure you eat properly. Do not adopt extreme diets to lose weight but ensure your diet contains plenty of protein and unrefined carbohydrate as well as EFAs. If you have eating problems such as anorexia, you should seek help. Digestive disorders may cause deficiencies of vital nutrients and should be treated promptly.
c. Take regular exercise, especially if you are otherwise sedentary, though without going to extremes. It is particularly important to take regular exercise if you tend to feel the cold, and to wrap up warmly in chilly weather. If your circulation is poor add spices to your cooking and avoid cold food and drinks. If you suspect your coldness could be related to low thyroid hormone (a blood test will indicate this) take kelp.
d. If you feel stress in the cause of your amenorrhoea, it is important to reduce your commitments and allow more time for yourself. If you have specific emotional problems you may need professional help to resolve them. Massage, yoga, relaxation and meditation are also of great benefit. It may be that certain feelings that you have about your body, your femininity or your sexuality, or unconscious anxieties relating to these, are upsetting your hormone balance.
e. If you suspect anemia could be the problem, indicated by tiredness, breathlessness, palpitations or pallor, a simple blood test will show it. You may need to take iron, and you should increase iron-containing foods in your diet and vitamin C containing foods to aid iron absorption.
It is important to treat amenorrhoea if it continues for more then a few months, as one
long-term effect is an increased tendency to osteoporosis. Treatment may need to continue for
several months before menstruation resumes.
Note: Amenorrhoea does not necessarily indicate infertility so if you want to avoid pregnancy,
continue using contraception.