MENSTRUAL CYCLE DYSFUNCTION 4. Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (HA)
Rather than a dysfunction, Hypothalamic Amenorrhea is an adaptive strategy of the body when in an extreme state of stress.
When the female body is subjected to extreme stresses such us consistent undereating, overtraining, chronic work stress, surgery or emotional trauma from a death or break-up, the body effectively adapts.
Recognising this stress, the hypothalamus downregulates systems in the body to conserve energy with the reproductive system usually being the first to shut down.
Females that suffer HA will have low estrogen, progesterone and luteinising hormone which can be determined through bloodwork.
Conventional medicine prescribes the Pill to help ‘regulate hormones’. The Pill does not regulate hormones and is dangerous for women who have HA as there is already a miscommunication between the hypothalamus and the ovaries.
The Pill only shuts down this communication pathway more.
Non-conventional treatment requires targeting nutrition through a greater intake of carbohydrates, healthy fats and a surplus of calories overall.
Outside stressors such as work, training and lifestyle will need to be looked at and adjusted and supplementation may also be needed to support adrenal and ovarian function