Sorry for the rambling question, but I’m at my wit’s end. I’m 24, F (obvi), 5’7, 135 lbs, zero pregnancies. I haven’t had my period for three years. I lost it after losing about 40 lbs (from 190 to 150) and quitting The Pill because I had stalled out with my weight loss. I had been on the Pill for two years; prior to that I had always gotten a normal, monthly flow. After about a year I went to the gyno, who put me back on birth control and I got my period, but gained ~10 lbs and stopped menstruating after I quit the pill. Rinse and repeat a few months later. Then I lost my health insurance, so no more gyno visits for me.
Last year I went back to a new gyno, supposedly “one of the best” in my city. I had started Paleo six months before, walked in weighing about 123 lbs, the leanest, healthiest, and happiest I had ever been in my adult life. After I explained my situation, the first thing this overweight woman said was that I needed to return to a “healthy” weight of around 160 and that she did NOT think that my prior Pill use had ANYTHING to do with the loss of my period. She chastised me for my way of eating (keep in mind, I lost my period on a “consciously healthy” VEGETARIAN diet), made me fill out eating disorder and depression questionnaires, and was overall very unprofessional in her demeanor. However, she did order a battery of blood tests as well as an ultrasound.
Results of the blood test: I have very low estrogen, but everything else is “normal.” The ultrasound revealed that I have a small uterus and have cysts. Went back to the gyno, and she put me on… dun dun… THE PILL. Oh yes, I got my period like clockwork, but I put on 15 lbs in the first MONTH and an extra 10 in the two following. I also got acne for the first time in my life.
So, I quit the pill, period gone, acne gone, and the extra 25 is taking one hell of an effort to get off. I am sick of spinning my wheels with weight loss even though I’m strict Paleo, am sick of using the Pill as a band-aid for a bigger problem, and am worried about my long-term health as far as fertility and bone density are concerned. I’m also suffering from depression now and have completely lost my (previously insatiable!) sex drive, which is really compromising my most cherished relationship.
Has anybody “been there” in this regard? Any suggestions for natural remedies or alternative treatments? Herbs? Should I start taking soy products? HELP?!?!