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More Female Athletes Talk About a Taboo: Their Periods

Too much of a good thing may not be good when it comes to your reproductive health.

Not ever having a period is usually solvable and losing your period to pregnancy, PCOS  and overweight issues makes sense. But amenorrhea associated with exercise, especially endurance sports, has always been an enigma until now.

So I thought I would do up a little step-by-step guide on what to do when your period is MIA (and you’re not preggo or have PCOS)...

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 Hypothalamic Amenorrhea – What to do first

So I thought I would do up a little step-by-step guide on what to do when your period is MIA (and you’re not preggo or have PCOS). Note – I’m planning on writing more thorough book on the topic, but I don’t want those who need help to have to wait that long.

 More Female Athletes Talk About a Taboo: Their Periods

As criticism of coaching methods for female athletes grows, leaders like New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan say women shouldn’t stop menstruating because of hard training,

15 causes for missed periods or amenorrhea

There are various reasons that could lead to amenorrhea – physiological, genetic, hormonal or deteriorating health. However, there are also ways in which you can try to regularise delayed menstruation. This condition is broadly classified into two categories – primary and secondary amenorrhea.

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Recovering from hypothalamic amenorrhea to have a baby.

Primary Amenorrhea

Primary amenorrhea is an extremely rare condition affecting very few women, which means it can be a very isolating experience. This website is intended as a gesture of solidarity towards all those women who suffer from primary amenorrhea – in the UK and internationally.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Primary amenorrhea occurs when a girl has not had her first period by age 16. Secondary amenorrhea describes women who experience an absence of more than three cycles after having regular periods


The most common cause of amenorrhea is pregnancy. Other causes of amenorrhea include problems with the reproductive organs or with the glands that help regulate hormone levels. Treatment of the underlying condition often resolves amenorrhea.


The menstrual cycle can be influenced by many internal factors such as transient changes in hormonal levels, stress, and illness, as well as external or environmental factors. Missing one menstrual period is rarely a sign of a serious problem or an underlying medical condition, but amenorrhea of longer duration may signal the presence of a disease or chronic condition.


However, absent periods can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as: •polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a condition which can mean your ovaries do not regularly release an egg (ovulate) •hypothalamic amenorrhoea – where the part of the brain that regulates the menstrual cycle stops working properly (thought to be triggered by excessive exercise, excessive weight loss and stress) •hyperprolactinaemia – where a person has abnormally high levels of a hormone called prolactin in their blood •premature ovarian failure – where the ovaries stop working properly in women who have not yet reached the age of natural menopause (usually from 50 years of age)


The prevalence of amenorrhoea (in women of menstruating age) is around 1%. Secondary amenorrhoea is more common in college students, endurance athletes and ballet dancers.

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