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NOT GETTING PERIODS? AM I NORMAL?
Periods are a little inconvenient for a lot of women. They are messy and they hurt, but they play an important role in our health!
Women getting a regular monthly period signals that our menstrual cycle is healthy. Our hormones are working as they should be and we are capable of reproducing if we so wish.
If you are amongst the estimated 20% of active women who have missed three or four or more consecutive menstrual periods then you are experiencing Amenorrhea.
Do you know why we are facing all these problems???
Let me tell you what the main cause is:
THE MAIN CAUSE IS “OUR LIFESTYLE CHOICES'!
Today we don’t have time to eat, we are eating more of junk foods, we are not eating a balanced diet all of which has ultimately led us into a host of metabolic disorders and diseases. Apart from that, obesity is also on an all-time high!
All these things severely affect the menstrual cycle too!
Hence a lot of women are facing problems in their menstrual cycle resulting in irregular or no periods, in our medical term it is known as “AMENORRHEA”-- a condition in which there is absence of menses i.e. not getting periods at the age of puberty or in the middle age.
What is menstruation?
A period, or menstruation, is the shedding of the lining of the womb. Menstruation is also known as menses. Menses are part of normal sexual health for women during their reproductive years.
Menstruation that includes bleeding from the vagina is found mainly among humans and similar animals, such as primates.
The endometrial tissue is shed from the womb and is released through the vagina.
Women have a period approximately every 28 days; however, there is some variation in this cycle, ranging from a 24-day to a 35-day cycle. A period is part of the woman's menstrual cycle. It is a sign that the body is working normally.
If a woman is not having regular periods, it results in amenorrhea and she will not be able to conceive.
Now, let us see what is amenorrhea and what causes it.
What is AMENORRHEA?
AMENORRHEA is a condition in which there is absence of menstruation during the reproductive years, between puberty (at age 16) and menopause (after age 40).
Amenorrhea is not a disease & it does not mean that the person is infertile, it is a sign of health problems and want some attention.
Types of amenorrhea:
- Primary amenorrhea: It is a stage when there is menarche i.e. first period. It is the failure of menses to occur by age 16 years, in the presence of normal growth and secondary sexual characteristics. If by the age of 13 menses has not occurred and the onset of puberty, such as breast development, is absent, then the workup of primary amenorrhea starts.
- Secondary amenorrhea: while in this stage, periods gets stopped after regular periods or because of taking birth pills, lactation, pregnancy, endometriosis, lifestyle, obesity, menopause etc.
What causes amenorrhea?
- Lifestyle: sleeping late and getting up late in the morning, sedentary lifestyle.
- PCOS: weight gain and cyst in the ovary.
- Low body weight/BMI: low body as per actual body weight/ BMI less than 18.
- Weight gain: high BMI/obese, eating junk foods which causes PCOS and results in irregular periods.
- Mental stress: work pressure, family pressure, gone through any accident.
- Nutritional deficiencies: protein energy malnutrition, not getting proper balanced diet, poor condition.
- Birth control pills: taking birth control pills may stop the menstrual flow for 3 months to 1 year.
- Pregnancy & Lactation period: not having periods is common.
- Thyroid: severe hyperthyroidism is more likely to cause amenorrhea than mild hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
- Over exercising.
- Menopause: ovaries make very low levels of estrogen and progesterone at the age of 45 to 50.
Signs and symptoms of amenorrhea:
- Mood swings.
- Milky nipple discharge.
- Hair loss.
- Vision changes.
- Excess facial hair.
- Pelvic pain & acne.
Foods to regulate the menstrual cycle:
- Ginger: grated ginger/ginger powder in water with little sugar.
- Cinnamon: 2 times a day morning and before sleeping 1 tsp with water.
- Fennel seeds: can be eaten after meals, or in the morning.
- Raw papaya: include in daily diet in form of salad.
- Eat pineapple: 1 cup (80 g)/day. It contains bromelain, an enzyme that is claimed to soften the lining of the uterus and regulate your periods.
- Eating a balanced diet: eat a balanced diet like everything in a proportion and on time.
- Exercise/yoga: maintain a good body weight, do exercise and yoga daily half hour.
- Sesame seeds: in the form of sesame sauce, as a seasoning of salad or 1 tbsp daily in the morning.
- Apple cider vinegar: 1 tbsp daily with water and honey.
# Don’t take amenorrhea or missed periods lightly it can cause many severe health problem and diseases like tumor/cancer of endometriosis.
Do contact us if you need help while dealing with amenorrhea.
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