Dieting and weight loss are one reason you may lose your cycle!
Is that time of the month, when women often feel cramps, bloating and mood swings. But a regular menstrual cycle is a good healthy sign. The absence or loss of a regular period is known as Amenorrhea. Amenorrhea is not a disease itself but can also be a symptom or signs of other health problem.
Stress can have a huge effect on your body, it sacrifices non- essential functions– such as the ability to become pregnant– to survive. As a result of this, there is a sudden weight loss from restrictive dieting, excessive exercise and very low body fat of less than 15% to 17% can cause secondary amenorrhea. Primary amenorrhea may also result from excessive exercise and eating disorder.
Eating disorders and diet
when you are on diet results in the cessation of menstrual periods, it is usually caused by extreme calories restriction and inadequate intake of vitamins. If you have lost your menstrual cycle or not seeing your period frequently, it might be possible that what started a diet has progressed to an unhealthy obsession with weight loss.
Some signs of eating disorders when dieting
- Hair loss
- Intense fear of weight gain
- Persistent coldness
- Refusal to maintain a normal weight
- Compulsive exercise
Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. Psychological evaluation and counselling are necessary to heal from eating disorders.
Foods to eat
- Whole grains
- Poultry and diary
Foods to avoid and limit
- Limit processed foods
- Avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol
Talk to your doctor about taking a dietary supplement, too. Nutrients particularly important for individuals with amenorrhea include calcium, vitamin B6 and essential fatty acids (omega 3).
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