Disclaimer: Remember that this podcast is NOT intended to diagnose, treat, or be a substitute for medical advice. I am NOT a healthcare professional. Please consult your doctor or health care practitioners before making any changes to your way of eating, exercising, etc.
Hypothalamic amenorrhea. What is the definition of this condition? It’s a term that I’ve learned a bit about especially after struggling with it for 10+ years.
This is the definition of that I picked up from off of Google,
‘Hypothalamic amenorrhea is a condition in which menstruation stops for several months due to a problem involving the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is in the center of the brain and controls reproduction. It produces gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH).’
I’m not going to go into the science of it, because I’m not a nutritionist, dietitian, doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, and I want you to go to your health practitioners for practical advice on what you’re supposed to do if you’re wrestling with this.
A good amount of runners, cyclists, and other athletes that I have read about and others that I have encountered on social media have had bouts with amenorrhea, and I brought on my good friend Jamie, who was a competitive runner for several years, to talk about how her own battle with amenorrhea.
In this podcast Jamie and I talked about: (I want to tell you that there are numbers mentioned in this podcast, but we are 1000% encouraging you to eat, nourish, and do what’s right for your body. It doesn’t matter what you weigh. What matters is the way I take care of my temple for the Lord in trust and freedom and joy!)
- Why she had to COMPLETELY stop any exercise to get her period back
- Not comparing your training or lack of training to other people on social media
- Telling yourself the truth about what God made your body to handle and not forcing your body into a mold that makes you unhealthy
- why Jamie had to choose to step back from Instagram in order to take care of her health
- how to deal with body checking days especially after you’ve been weight restored and you have your period again
- the competitive running world and the importance of women’s fertility
- protecting your cycle especially while exercising
- learning when to STEP back and step down from activity in order to destress your body
- Jamie ran so much better when she was eating all the foods
- a ‘race weight’ is NOT what matters in running
- the ‘fastest’ I’ve been running has been at my highest weight
- why it seems like our culture over-emphasizes exercise and under emphasizes rest and recovery
- being still before the Lord and stopping the ‘HAVE to move’ all the time attitude
Verses to Meditate On:
Psalm 46:10, ‘“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”’
Psalm 37:7 , ‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!’
Psalm 62:5, ‘For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.’
Psalm 131:2, ‘But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.’
Isaiah 30:15, ‘For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,’
And this passage from Exodus 23:11 (God even wanted the land to rest! God knows that His creation NEEDS rest in order to restore and refresh it. We also need that rest!) –
‘But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.’
Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Resources On The Web:
Getting Your Period Back Without Medication – Real Life Rd
Have you had hypothalamic amenorrhea?