Amenorrhea is one of those words that many don’t know what to do with. You have to break down the word for it to make sense; then it makes perfect sense.
- The “A” part means not or negative, against.
- The “men” means month as in meno-pause, menstruation or menstrual cycle.
- The”orrhea” part comes from the Greek RHOIA which means flow.
Together you have NOT – MONTHLY – FLOWING = A-men-orrhea / Amenorrhea.
Apart from the scientific, let me speak in a more personal tone.
It is so much more than missing a period, right? Missing a period is welcomed some times. Amenorrhea is barely even noticed until all of a sudden you realize that it has been many months and it is not as simple as enjoying a missed period. Now, you realize that it is actually maybe not a positive thing but something might be wrong; especially if you are trying to have a baby.
Contrary to popular belief: It is not just about getting a period but keeping your body working properly. The most common misconception is that the end goal is to have a period. Not so! The end goal is to have a good ovulation to bring about a healthy chain of events; including a period at the end. No pun intended.
- What is primary amenorrhea?
- What is Secondary Amenorrhea?
- How Do I Know I Have Amenorrhea?
- Doctors and Amenorrhea
- Overcome Amenorrhea Naturally
- “My doctor told me it is nothing to worry about until I am ready for a family” or
- “Enjoy the missed periods” This one infuriates me. The healthiest thing for a woman is to have 26-30 cycle.
When it comes to your body, it is personal. You have to think through the advice and answers you are given from ANYONE. Yes, that includes from us. The most common treatment for amenorrhea is for a physician to put you on birth control pills. This is exactly what you do not want to do! The chemical hormones in BCPs will only force your body to bleed which gives you a false hope. It does not encourage ovulation but brutally forces the shedding of the lining, whether there is a lining or not. Are we saying that shedding the lining is not healthy, no. After a long period of time without shedding it is good to get the uterus contracting. EFAs like Evening primrose or Borage Oil, or herbs like Pennyroyal and Blue Cohosh are excellent choices to make this happen naturally without introducing chemicals to the mix. What we are saying is that chemical hormones do not like to give over their hormone receptor sites when healthy hormones try to return. It is important to stay as close to nature, since you are not manufactured in a lab but in a “natural setting”.
- Take the DHEA / Progesterone challenge
- Foods that have been beneficial for Amenorrhea
- Foods to avoid with Amenorrhea.
- Juicing for Amenorrhea can be a great way to get what you need in a few big gulps.
- Supplements for overcoming Amenorrhea