Amenorrhea – The absence of a menstruation for one or more mensural cycles.
Your period is like a woman’s report card about her health. An ideal, healthy period comes every 21-35 days with minimal symptoms.
Not having a period at all? Your body is trying to get your attention.
What could potentially cause your period to be MIA?
👉🏼 Sex hormones out of range (for example, low estrogen or high testosterone)
👉🏼 Not eating enough for your activity levels
👉🏼 Over exercising
👉🏼 Body fat (too low)
👉🏼 Nutrition is off (low fat or low carb diets can be harmful for some women)
What to do if you have amenorrhea:
👊🏼 Work with a qualified healthcare professional to identify the culprit/s and develop a protocol that is specific to what your body needs (read: avoid cookie-cutter plans because every body is SO different)
👊🏼 Make sure you’re eating enough! Meals consisting of carbs, fats, and proteins – multiple times per day
👊🏼 Feeling fatigued and burnt out? Cut back on the extreme workouts and focus your energy on stress management with tools like meditation and prioritize sleep with a minimum of 7 hours each night, preferably going to bed and waking up at consistent times each day
👊🏼 Support gut health with all of the above + fiber, collagen, bone broth, and fermented foods like kefir or sauerkraut
👊🏼 Eat REAL foods that are high in quality and low in chemical and play around with eliminating gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and processed junk
🔥 Feeling overwhelmed and don’t know how tf to do this on your own? That’s what I’m here for! Feel free to message me with any questions! 💌
*If you’re on hormonal birth control, some of this information may not apply to you! If you’ve opted to skip your period with HBC, I encourage you to explore why it is so important for most women (I say ‘most women’ because if you have a debilitating illness that requires you to be on HBC then you do you girl and take care of yourself) to have a real period each month!
**When this is normal: during pregnancy, while breast feeding, and when you’re heading into menopause
Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.