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Sports induces amenorrhea

Anelia2012-07-10 03:15:12 +0000 #1
There are many active women in this forum and I wonder if there are others like me who are among the 20% of the active women who miss their period due to exercise. I am 33 years old and I have one child. I have my period missing since I started exercising vigorously. Sometimes I get it but it happens 1 or 2 times a year. I also had a very long amenorrhea when I was breastfeeding my son. My period didn't show up until my son was 2 (I breastfed him until he was 3). Now I don't remember the last time I had my period but I think it's over a year. I don't miss it. It is something that I hated as a teen because of the pain and suffering I've been through. After the birth the pain dissapeared and the quantity was less. But now it's none. I went to see a doctor about 2 years ago and he prescribed me contraceptives. I really disliked them because they made me sensitive, I cried a lot and was moody all the time. I hated that and I stopped them. Since then, I don't have my period and I enjoy this but also I am worried a little bit.

I am not undeweight and I eat a lot: carbs, protein, fat...everything. I just exercise too much because it makes me happy and I race.


margo492012-07-10 03:24:03 +0000 #2
This happened to me once too. But only one month.

In my totally amateur opinion - just go ahead as long as you're eating ok, not exercising like a crazy woman and not neglecting your child...

Think to yourself if at some point you might want another child (children)...might be better if all the system is in good working order.
Muirenn2012-07-10 04:01:39 +0000 #3
Perhaps look for a second opinion?
OakLeaf2012-07-10 03:55:47 +0000 #4
I don't know much about it, but I thought that happened when your body fat got too low, and it carries a risk of osteoporosis and other health problems. Are you sure you're eating enough? Have you had your body fat measured by an experienced practitioner? +1 on a second opinion.
Catrin2012-07-10 03:28:37 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Muirenn

Perhaps look for a second opinion?

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What is exercising too much? The only context in which I've heard exercise causing this in women was related to teenagers who were athletes but didn't eat enough...and you've avoided that trap. A second opinion might be a good idea, and even if they do determine that you need hormones there are so many types out there and you may have simply needed something else.
lph2012-07-10 04:13:33 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by OakLeaf

I don't know much about it, but I thought that happened when your body fat got too low, and it carries a risk of osteoporosis and other health problems. Are you sure you're eating enough? Have you had your body fat measured by an experienced practitioner? +1 on a second opinion.

I agree with Oak. I've only experienced this once, and for me it was a sign of extreme stress, so I would be worried if it happened again. If it turns out that you're fine and healthy, all the better.

Breastfeeding is another thing again, amenorrhea then is normal and due to hormones.
Crankin2012-07-10 05:30:52 +0000 #7
Get a second opinion. The osteoporosis threat from lack of periods is real.
shootingstar2012-07-10 05:31:29 +0000 #8
Just get yourself more thoroughly checked by ob-gyn.

I've had uneven periods for different times of my life and a certain part due to lots of cycling (triple the amount of mileage compared to now), have been slightly underweight (not now though) and stress.

ButI never got painful cramps during my periods. Just normal periods.

I'm in perimenopause....I haven't had a period for past 6 months but am in my early 50's.

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