Sorry, gotta talk about it.
One of the diagnostic criteria of anorexia is the loss of the menstrual period for at least three months. This loss is known as amenorrhea. In anorexics, severe weight loss (resulting in weight of at least 15% less than a normal body weight for the woman’s age and height) reduces fat stores in the body which in turn reduce thyroid levels but results in an increase of the stress hormone cortisol. This state, known as hypercortisolism, then reduces reproductive hormones. When reproductive hormones are insufficient to regulate the monthly menstrual cycle, amenorrhea or the cessation of monthly periods occurs.
In the short term, amenorrhea poses few health risks and is usually reversed when weight is put back on, fat is stored in the body and cortisol levels reduce to appropriate levels. In the long-term, however, the low oestrogen levels associated with amenorrhea can cause a woman’s bones to fail to reach proper growth levels or for the woman to develop osteoporosis, a condition in which bone mineral density is reduced and bones become porous and susceptible to breaks. For this reason, if a female reaches a state of amenorrhea medical help should be sought immediately.
Woman stuff. Lady parts. I know – uncomfortable but it has to be put out there.
When you are underweight, it’s inevitable that you will loose your period. This is the first major sign your body sends you.
Mine sent me the message in November of 2015. Gross, it’s almost been two years. There are two ways to get it back.
Simple enough right?
Growing up, as a young woman you always look forward to the day when you find out you are pregnant. Yahoo – baby! Yahoo – no period.
But when you are 43 there is no yahoo.