This is way to common.
Period loss affects over half of recreational athletes and can be welcomed by women, but it’s often a sign of serious health concerns.
One of the most common questions I get asked on my Q&A is from someone who has lost their period.
There are many reasons why this happens but one of the main ones is that people aren’t adequately fuelling their body. Her body reacted by going into starvation mode, slowing down her metabolism and conserving energy.
Everyday women are just as susceptible to losing their period as well as athletes.
Exercise itself doesn’t cause menstruation to stop. It’s the mismatch between energy consumed and energy used, resulting in what’s called low energy availability.
It doesn’t necessarily depend on expending a high amount of calories. But when someone’s exercise expenditure causes them to tap into the energy they need to run their body’s day-to-day processes, it can cause a problem.
When your body doesn’t have enough energy to keep your systems humming, it shunts energy away from nonessential ones like reproduction and growth, including building bone.
Unfortunately, there’s no gold standard test, and each person has their own internal set point. A level of diet and exercise that might set one person off may be OK for someone else.
Tips if you think you have lost yours
- Track your cycle
- See a GP
- You could take 2-4g of Myo-Inisotol (take for 6 months your period may come back sooner than this)
- Eating more food and reducing exercise may also help
Please note that I am not an expert these are cues to help and are based on the scientific evidence that is out there.