I am 41, not menopausal but have had amenorrhea for 10 years as a result of overtraining and undereating. Though I stopped the overtraining, take estrogen and progesterone I still haven't got a period. Very frustrating and scary. It's as if my hypothalamus has shut down for good, which basically means other things are shutting down.
After 6 months of no exercise and 2 months of eating refined carbs I have started menstruating. I am thankful and so glad my hypothalamus didn't shut down. ha!
Hi I'm 28 and have this happening to me. They say it's because of my over training. And I was on the pill for 5 years. My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for almost a year now and it's hard because I do not get a period. I was not eating meat for 4.5 years and started Paleo and I hope this will help me get a regular period and some fat in my lining :(
Sounds like a classic case of zinc deficiency to me. Start taking 50mg of zinc picolinate a day (but not with a meal containing meat so you're still absorbing iron and copper) and up your oyster intake (don't combine oysters with meat for the same reason).
I can't speak to the scientific side of things, but I can give you my personal experience. I was on hormonal birth control (POPs) and also went through a few years of overtraining and undereating--severe restriction. Unfortunately, I "recovered" by beginning a long bout of binge eating--which has not resolved, but I'm working on it. It took a good 12 months of being above my ideal weight for my cycle to resume. (Between nursing my second child, the POPs, and the underweight period of time, I probably went about 8 year w/o a cycle).
I'm 46 now--and I think my cycle resumed about a year ago. Granted, I'm above my ideal weight now (I think my BMI is around 26) and I'm struggling like crazy with binge eating--but I do have the most regular cycle I had ever had in my entire life. I don't exactly recommend the binge eating or going above one's ideal weight (not good for mental health), but I think weight restoration plain and simple does have a lot to do with this.
synthetic estrogen and progesterone don't work well, they are just not synchronous with the human body. I suggest a natural detox and repeat it every 3 months or so, read dr. lee's what your doctor won't tell you about premenopause and learn about topical progesterone, get a good deal of chiropractic care to rebalance your nervous system. hopefully you used chiropractic a lot during your training days. Good luck.