Warning: this one is for the ladies, men please keep scrolling on
Ladies this one affects you.
In our case it does not happen as we eat a lot and train a lot.
I had written about this subject before but I mention it again here as its spring and people are looking to lose weight in time for summer so they go to the gym.
Losing your period is not normal, although people think it is. The Health department at Cleveland Clinic says that this issue is quite common among athletes.
When you workout too much and restrict yourself with food and calories, you won’t have enough body fat and eventually you’ll lose your period. It’s happened before to many people and believe me its not nice. Three months down the track and it becomes a serious problem.
In the end you’ll lose bone mass which will then lead to osteoporosis. In the end it can result in stress fractures and can cause you to take time off your sport to rest (Huffington Post)
How that happens
How that can happen is that you have low body fat. By that I mean that it is under 15%. Tinamuir a former elite athlete says that stress and the high intensity exercise is often to blame for the low body fat percentage and no periods.
Low body fat can cause a hormonal imbalance which means that periods can come late or never at all.
” The exact process behind this involves a hitch in the process of the set of hormonal interactions that leads to a period. Sudden changes in weight can cause the hormone leptin, produced by fatty tissue, to drop, which can disrupt the menstrual cycle. Reduced fat stores also reduce thyroid levels but cause an increase of cortisol, which has a knock on effect on the reproductive hormones. Finally, weight loss can cause an increase in the hormone ghrelin, which, like leptin, causes a chain reaction resulting in diminished release of luteinising hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone, which are crucial for the menstrual cycle.” (thefemedic.com)
But what if you want children?
If you don’t have a period, you might not be able to have children due to infertility issues.
So if you want children it’s best to up the food intake and love yourself for who you are not what you look like. And it’s best to not do too much exercise unless you are training for marathons and have eaten the right amount of food for a marathoner.