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At first I wasn’t really concerned about experiencing amenorrhea after coming off birth control pills. Jardim called this stage “post-pill amenorrhea.” Thanks for your interest. Maybe I am being too restrictive with what I eat or exercising too much? My body fat isn’t low, my BMI is normal (21) and I’m not training for a marathon or anything. Hi Emmy. http://nicolejardim.com/bringbackyourperiodmasterclass/orderform.html I’ll be back tomorrow with a recipe for ya! Isaac and I weren’t trying to conceive — I just wanted to be more natural and stop putting the hormones in my body. I had had my review at the hospital with the Consultant and told him I had gained weight and was getting regular periods. apparently taking the pill will not in the longterm affect your fertility. Hi and happy Monday to you! When my period did not return after 4 months I went to my obgyn and she too put me on estrogen and progesterone. I have been off the pill for 4 months and have only had the one withdrawal bleed post pill.. And nothing since. In fact, quite a few women can experience what’s known as post-pill amenorrhea. I was good at running, better than everyone else at my school. From everything I’ve read, I knew that the pill wasn’t going to solve my issues. I went off the pill twice (had to go back on a second time because the acne got horrendous, and period wasn’t coming back). <— I was on birth control in college so even if I wasn’t ovulating then, the birth control withdrawal bleed made me think and feel like I was. I am absolutely in love with him! Have you heard of him? Maybe working out six days a week is too much for MY body. I had a scan which has ruled out PCOS, so my advice from the doctor was just to put on some weight, cut out the running and stress less. Read her post with a lovely British accent if you can also, it is clear that her primary amenorrhea was in fact hypothalamus-based. Diana Pascu. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re dealing with similar issues. My hormone levels looked okay, but she recommended doing the progestin challenge. I was admitted to hospital and spent the next three years in and out of hospital, missing a lot of school. In about 10% of If your menstrual cycle has not returned by three months or more after you stop the pill, you probably want to see your ob-gyn and discuss what to do next. Nothing happened. Im pausing my job to take time off to sort my health out. That was October last year. Did/do you also exercise? My BMI is 20 and I exercise 3-4 times a week. I didn’t know if I was going to do a full post about dealing with post-pill amenorrhea. I think I am getting crazy. Quitting hormonal birth control can be a bumpy ride for some women. I go back and forth on days of feeling hopeful and other days when I’m scared to death I’m still only at the beginning of a long journey. Thanks for listening. Thank you for the suggestion and the encouragement. DC2 was conceived (again without a period) after 9 months post-pill and DC3 was conceived 6 months after stopping breast feeding without ever having a period. Don't Panic! This condition is a cause of concern since there can be many serious underlying issues for it. Then, I hurt my calf. HER Health Stories . We are not wealthy people and couldn’t afford to fund more than one more attempt ourselves. I feel so defeated and I’m devasted that taking the pill, excercise and a low fat diet has gotten me to a place in my life that leaves me empty. My weight loss was severe and I quite quickly became very ill. At first I wasn’t really concerned about experiencing amenorrhea after coming off birth control pills. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Hi Caroline! I haven’t heard an update from you. I am feeding him well! Anyways, as I said it’s been two months since I posted my original post about dealing with amenorrhea and in total, since September, I’ve had four regular cycles. After my appointment with the endocrinologist I met with my acupuncturist. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. We had a good laugh about it, but maybe it’s what I need. If you’re currently struggling with HA right now I’m sending hope, love and positive vibes your way! One study on the discontinuation of oral contraceptives found it took up to nine months for women’s cycles to regulate. Post- Pill Hypothalamic Amenorrhea. I wanted to share with you that taking 2 Black Current Seed Oil supplements (a GLA fatty acid) has really helped regulate things, including PMS. In my case, it was due to low energy availability! I told him I wanted to wait until my first period to see if the pain goes away (maybe this pain is due to my ovaries firing up and starting to work again). Someone’s work to look into regarding hormones (interesting reads about progesterone and estrogen) is Dr. Raymond Peat. My experience so far with PCOS, post pill amenorrhoea, hormonal acne and my first month on Metformin. The GP said it could because I ran a lot, but referred me for an ultrasound scan of my ovaries. Sophie Flint. I knew that I wasn’t getting a bleed while on the pill, but thought this was perhaps because I had been on it for so many years. I won races, I enjoyed it, I had more confidence than I had ever had before in my life. I am currently going through the same thing- haven’t had a consistent period since I went off the pill in late 2013! level 1. I had a perfect 28 day cycle, but again my period came rather than the result that I wanted. I’m so sorry to hear you’re experiencing the same issues. Thanks for sharing, Katharina. Subscribe to our list and get your free printable PDF of the 3 Day Clean Eating Meal Plan and Shopping List! See my blog post about it here: Healing Hypothalamic Amenorrhea. Did your period came back already? I could tell she was kind of annoyed with me for just going off them without asking. Best wishes. Xx. I also suffer with anxiety/stress which may also be affecting my cycle. I saw six different doctors during this time and was told by three of them to gain weight and by one of them to stop running. I am in the UK and so was receiving all my treatment free of charge through the NHS [National Health Service], which involved lots of waiting between appointments. Thank you for sharing. I couldn’t run. How is that possible? We are now in September and still nothing. Thanks for the reminder. I reduced my exercise to around 4 hours a week which made me pretty miserable as I basically gave up cycling with my club and cycling events. Unfortunately, I did need more signs!!! My energy is rock bottom. Your email address will not be published. After the holidays and three months without anything I started to get a little worried and decided to make an appointment with my gynecologist. Does that mean you’re pregnant??? I developed Anorexia just as I turned 11. I was thinking about the possibility of not being able to have children, possibly having a brain tumor and also wondering about the exercise and dietary recommendations. Authors M E Molitch, S Reichlin. Thank you for your support. I’ll turn it over to her. They were both positive! All tests so far are ok (other than showing that I’m not ovulating). I might have to cut back on working out or gain a few pounds, but in the end I know it will be worth it. Hi Claudia, At the end of my tether, I thought, fuck it may as well just go back on the pill, at least my energy levels will improve and my bones will be protected. ... thanks so much for sharing your story! Best of luck to you — I hope the lifestyle changes work for you! My husband and I desperately want another child and my son would be an amazing big brother. And if so, how long did it take? This is when your period goes missing for several months after stopping the pill. It’s been 3 months of doing accupuncture and taking supplements and 9 months of no period. Im hoping the TCM is doing its thing and its not another 4.5 months before I see another period! Q: Post pill amenorrhea and The Next Choice EC pill. I am so comforted to know I am not alone. Three rounds of Clomid did not make me ovulate. I have taken amh exam and pretty scare to see if I an fertile, waiting results. Hi Emily! My skin was also pretty bad at the time, I had lots of spots, and so I was diagnosed with. I had gastroentiris in February and due to being in hospital I ended up not being able to get another set of my usual Pill. My doctor wants to do a cervical exam but I’m only 20 and have never had a speculum used on me before so it is really scaring me. I miss my period ! Post-pill amenorrhea may be caused by the pituitary gland being suppressed 1. I’d heard (and read online) that it can take a while for your body to adjust. I was exercising 4-5 a week and was on a low carb low glycemic diet. Thank you for sharing this! Now What? My bone health is verging on brittle bones. I did an update in November (https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/amenorrhea-update/), but I didn’t end up getting an MRI so I don’t have any results for that. I told Isaac last night I’m probably taking advantage of the whole “eat more” thing. Finally, yes, low-dose DHEA supplements could conceivably help with HA. ... I’m experiencing post pill amenorrhea (9 months so far) and developed moderate-severe acne since stopping the pill. Hey Caitlin – So sorry to hear you’re going through this, but I’m glad my story was helpful and hopefully gave you some comfort knowing you’re not alone. I was on the pill for 14 years and went off it in June 2016. I kept on running seriously for many years and subsequently maintained a slightly “underweight” BMI. Hard to say what my stress level is, I sleep well but have a tendency to overthink stuff. Had I completely ruined things by never starting my periods? What had my childhood eating disorders done to my body? My partner and I are not looking to get pregnant yet so we have used protection but 3 months after stopping the pill I am still yet to have a period….. It’s really nice to know I’m not in my own. So Ive taken three pills of Loestrin20 so far, but Im going to stop as this is just masking the problem as we can see! After 3 months on no period and a number of negative pregnancy tests, I started to panic. Any updates with your progress? She is sooo calm and reassuring. This thread is archived. :/ That said, I am getting updated blood work done so I should have an update posted in the next couple weeks. Like many women my age, I was on the birth control pill for most of my teenage and adult life, and that masked a lot of my symptoms. Who knew? PMID: 12279395 Abstract PIP: Persistent amenorrhea, an uncommon sequela of oral contraceptive (OC) use, would not be a major problem except for the fact that an estimated 50 million women worldwide use OCs. https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/healing-hypothalamic-amenorrhea/, http://nicolejardim.com/bringbackyourperiodmasterclass/orderform.html, https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/amenorrhea-update/, 10 Mason Jar Salads to Meal Prep This Summer. Heck, it’s my job to work out, eat healthy and look fit! I sincerely hope that you’re living the life you want- whatever that looks like. I have just been recommended to eat more and exercise less like you. Post-pill amenorrhea is, in most cases, a relatively uncomplicated medical problem to diagnose and treat, but it is imperative to exclude pituitary tumors or serious endocrinological abnormalities before treatment is begun. I also pestered my GP to refer me to the fertility clinic which I’ve since had a scan and further blood tests through. Any progress? Wishing you the best! Thanks ladies.. #1 Carrie29, Dec 7, 2009. yazzy Well-Known Member. Have you found a treatment path that works for you? I was on the pill for 3 years after I had my son, they immediately put me on it when I was only 4 weeks post pardom. I have a healthy one year old son ???? I read on another blog that Vitex works miracles to regulate periods. I’ve finally got to a stage where I’m ready to accept this (even in reducing my exercise I was still training for a half marathon which I have now completed) and I am trying to put on a few pounds but it’s making me pretty miserable, I’m not ‘skinny’ (my bmi is 20) but it’s made me realise how much I cared about having a super toned body. I've put on weight (was a little underweight) done juice cleanses taken liver supports and still nothing. Subjectively, post-pill amenorrhea is the failure to resume menstruation wit … Does anyone know if I am just We wouldn’t be seen by the Consultant for a follow-up until July. I just take long walks. If you’re here for the recipes and workouts, simply skip this post. I therefore didn’t take any notice. Why me? Ive seen a homeopath, acupuncturist, NHS doctor, Private doctor, endocrinologist, reflexologist, therapists, and NOTHING HAS WORKED. Best of luck with your journey. Since the progestin challenge didn’t work I was referred to an endocrinologist (fertility specialist) and after looking over my blood work he diagnosed me with hypothalamic amenorrhea. How could I cope with life otherwise? It suppress hormones (LH and FSH included) and it takes some women’s bodies longer than others to start functioning properly. I know I've been posting a lot but I really am very upset. [side note: medical literature does not support the idea of post-pill amenorrhea. I have just come across your blog and your post reminds me of myself. I have had one ‘period’ about 3.5 months after stopping the pill but I’m pretty sure I didn’t ovulate as I’ve been peeing on OPK’s religiously and never got a positive! Leaving the office I was scared. I’m still working to balance everything out! Just wondered if you have an update? Best of luck! This occurs when the hypothalamus isn’t sending the signal to create hormones for your body. I had terrible stomach cramps in the night. I’ve stopped running and cut back to exercising 3-4 days a week, only when I’m feeling up to it. I hope it all balances out for you! Surely MY weight couldn’t be an issue if SHE had managed to get pregnant? It can be brought on by a variety of things. Post-pill amenorrhea or post-pill syndrome can present with an HA or PCOS picture. My soulmate and I have decided we want to get married and have babies and so I decide to come off the pill! I haven’t had any good news to share so that’s why I haven’t don’t any updates. How I finally got my cycle back after 5 years of post-pill amenorrhea - a Dietitian's true story. What if I got really lazy? He is the best thing that has ever happened to me (sorry hubby!!!) Just curious to know if anyone has any success stories while experiencing post pill amenorrhea? Honestly, I appreciate every single time I get my period now lol, after not having been able to have one of my own for 6 years (hence the pill). still trying to get my cycle back by working with an acupuncturist and homeopathic medicine. What she I did eat well though, a balanced diet including all food groups, and so didn’t think my weight was an issue at all. I finally dicided to do Follistim injections and boom I ovulated and got pregnant on the first time. Thanks so much for sharing! Birth control pills contain both estrogen and progesterone. No way! Like to a T. I was on birth control forever and when I got off of it to start a family, I never regained it back. I keep thining that I just have to be patient and wait it out! He did his needle work, prescribed me a few supplements and made me feel relieved by saying that he sees women all the time with the same issues after coming off hormonal birth control. According to Gynaeonline, up to 3 percent of women develop post-pill amenorrhea 1. I’m sorry to hear that you’re dealing with a similar issue. I still couldn’t ditch the gym yet and was waiting for my period to magically come back thinking it was just post pill amenorrhea. I really want to balance my hormones naturally so I’m hoping all this works! I would love to hear how you are doing! 18 months since going off the pill and still no period. Yes, this is common. I have read about pituitary gland and thinking about MRI after reading your case. © 2021 Eating bird food • AN ELITE CAFEMEDIA FOOD PUBLISHERsite by Katelyn Calautti + Made to thrive. I am so glad I have found this article! Primary amenorrhea is diagnosed when you haven’t gotten a period by age 14 with no other sexual development, or by age 16 with “normal” physical development. Then, one day I was skimming through Facebook and a friend of mine had shared a blogpost by elite runner Tina Muir. Hi Brittany, I feel your pain and frustration. The hospital agreed I could postpone my second IVF cycle until the end of the year, to give us chance to conceive naturally. Your doctor may do some tests and in about one-half of women with post-pill amenorrhea there is an umderlying reason found. I started researching all of the food that is supposedly meant to bring your period back but nothing worked. Fast-forward 11 years. The scan showed multiple cysts. Thank you for sharing Brittany. From anorexia to bulimia… But I have been in good health for around 7 years now. I’m at stage 1 of all of this, 13 years on the pill and stopped and now no mrnstruation. Learn how to re-balance your hormones naturally with self-care tips, herbs, and supplements in this article. Anyway, I’m googling other women’s stories to try and put my mind at ease and feel like I can relate to someone else. Post pill weight gain No period in 10weeks and all pregnancy tests are negative Desperately want to get pregnant Spotting while on pill week before period Cerazette Mini pill- still NO periods No period after birth control pill (yasmin)! The second time around it did end up coming back, no crazy acne, but it took awhile. I came off the pill 4 1/2 months ago and still haven’t had a period. Joined: Nov 2, 2009 Messages: 1,962 Likes Received: 0. I’ve been on the pill for 3 years. I was at an all-time low. About 3% of the women who responded to my survey for No Period. (Note – Sian is from the UK so uses British spellings. I will follow your progress and would be interested to hear from anyone else in a similar situation. I found your post about post pill amenorrhea because I think that’s what I maybe going though too. She was writing about Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (HA) and her 9 year history of it and a lot of what she said resonated with me. Post-pill amenorrhea for even three months is rare enough that it is prudent for a woman to seek medical advice after 3 months of not getting the period after the pill. Still, I carried on running. I am producing some estrogen but not enough. I loved doing it and I wanted to eat more so that I could run faster! ... Just wanted to see if anyone had experience with post pill amenorrhea? I had my period in college when I was smaller than I am now!? I was taking BCP for 15 years… Before them I was healthy teenager with regular periods and low PMS. I went back to my follow up and she too put me on the progesterone challenge. At first I wasn’t too phased about not getting my period back straight away. I have severe hot flashes, insomnia and awful headaches. Thanks ladies.. #1 Carrie29, Dec 7, 2009. yazzy Well-Known Member. Hi Tanya. And do not want to go through fertility tx again. He wasn’t interested at all, but the nurses were and praised me for my efforts and the lifestyle changes I had made. I just want you to know you aren’t alone. Wavering between being really concerned, and looking for a gynecologist (I just moved). In about 10% of If your menstrual cycle has not returned by three months or more after you stop the pill, you probably want to see your ob-gyn and discuss what to do next. I feel like he’s just getting older and I’m just getting older and I have no clue when my body is going to go back to a regular cycle. I’d love to know how it goes for you going forward! I had a healthy BMI of 21 and ran about 20 miles a week over 4 days. I’m finding it very difficult emotionally, I hate to admit my life has probably ruled by watching what I eat and making sure I ran off any food guilt from the weekend. It is a bit of a lengthy story as my HA journey lasted 21 years! Everyone is different and perhaps my current habits are putting too much stress on my body? She had blood work ordered. Your teen may need blood tests and a pelvic ultrasound. After going off the pill in hopes to get pregnant, I knew something was wrong when I didn’t get my period in over 4 months. As long as it was for enjoyment and nothing intense or compulsive. I have been doing acupuncture for 2 months now, tried the herbs as well but still no relief from the hot flashes and insomnia. 2 years later I have just come off of the pill again 5 weeks ago. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. What if I became depressed? Reply. I never thought I’d say this but god! I changed pills so many times I can’t even tell you, the pill made me spotty, fat, moody, everything. Pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause are all natural and normal reasons. Yes, I experienced post pill Amenorrhoea and anovulation too after 12 years on the pill. I’ve stopped tracking what I eat and I’m letting myself eat whatever I’m craving. Your story is very similar to mine. I hear you. Have you heard of this or have you been recommended to take a GLA supplement at all? Going to try take the progesterone and high dose vitamin d now and see if that makes a difference. My whole life the one thing I had always been certain of was that I wanted to be a mum and now it looked as if that wasn’t going to happen. I need to hear some success stories to keep my PMA up.. Also has anyone had accupuncture to treat Post Pill Amenorrhea?, if so was it any use? It's really great to hear some of the success stories on here. When I do, there is no sign of any period. But still after quiting BCP no periods. Thanks!! Post pill amenorrhea by: May Hi all,just came across this post, I've been off BCP for 13 months now and haven't had any period. Joined: Nov … Still no period to this day. Any updates? Western doctors won’t typically admit this, but the pill has side effects. Through all my research one idea kept popping up for me. I am currently suffering from 'post pill amenorrhea' since I have not had a period since discontinuing the pill 3 1/2 months ago! It took one of my friends nine months to regain her period after stopping the pill. I have a BMI of 19, its on the low side but I was this weight when I started my period. Will keep you posted! I want to add in some strength training with weights as well, but I haven’t done so yet. No luck for me yet! It’s part of post-pill amenorrhea and could be exacerbated by either undereating or an underlying PCOS tendency. Any luck with getting your period yet? I did it for one month, didn’t get a period and I decided I was not going to continue putting artificial hormones in my body when I knew that’s what got me here in the first place. It’s so hard to talk to anyone, especially as all my friends have started announcing pregnancies, I am happy for them but I’m also more and more heartbroken every time! I carried on running and once again, no sign of my third ovulation. I did this, but still no sign of a period so I was referred to an Infertility clinic. Many, however, have not been educated on what happens to your body once you stop the pill. I have been taken one pill in the morning everyday before breakfast for two weeks now. I’ll be sure to post an update here soon. It did force me to have one period but nothing after that. I’m glad I found this forum, as I’m going through something similar. Flax seed might help, Progesterone and Periods – Part 1: Provera Challenge. Good luck! Treatment may be done with hormones or other medicines, changes in diet or exercise, and calcium supplements. As I write this my beautiful baby boy is suckling away at my breast! Did you write a follow up to that? , Sian, a member of my facebook group and someone with whom I’ve worked individually, recently shared her recovery story in the group and was getting lots of questions, so she offered to write a guest post so that others with primary amenorrhea could hopefully follow in her footsteps. So here’s the story — as I mentioned here and here, I’ve been dealing with post pill amenorrhea since going off birth control pills last September. I plan to take hypothalamus/pituitary glandular pills, alfalfa, along with seed cycling appropriately to the moon phase.. She talked about an amazing lady, called Nicola Rinaldi, and her life-changing book. June 28, 2017 at 4:07 pm meet brittany Did it come back naturally? This was despite being told by the embryologist that we had the highest quality embryo he had ever seen and that we had a 75% chance of it working. I say just keep at it and your body will figure things out. I have heard horror stories of women's cycles never returning in my situation. I am going through the exact same thing and have been hoping and praying to hear someone else who was experiencing what I am going through. Haha. Blood tests came back ok, and actually FSH was 8.6 and LH 12 which to me doesn’t suggest a HA problem due to over exercise but I’m just an avid googler not a Doctor! Let’s talk about amenorrhea, and running, and eating disorders, and the prevalence of the Female Athlete Triad amongst both elite and hobby athletes. I’ve been implementing the lifestyle changes but I still haven’t regained my cycle yet. Your email address will not be published. I probably went on about 20 different pills between 14-18. I know it sounds weird but I have tried everything else before my pregnancy and nothing worked. I’m also going through a similar situation. I could tell she was kind of annoyed with me for just going off them without asking. I literally came off the phone to her believing that I would get pregnant, that I wouldn’t need IVF. I’m walking, taking barre classes and I’ve started back with yoga (which really helps with stress for me). It was a tough journey & a lot to balance but it feels good to share! I remember being told by the Consultant Paediatric Psychiatrist at the time that my ovaries appeared small and shrivelled on an ultrasound scan, but aged only 13 and stuck in the depths of an Eating Disorder, I didn’t fully understand the implications of this. Your email address will not be published. 3 months of acupuncture didn’t help. This post has been a long time coming! Yes, I did get my period back. I have an appointment tomorrow to be prescribed clomid but I’m in two minds whether to wait a bit longer and try and get my body to start ovulating again by itself. <— I feel like most women out there can relate to these feelings. 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