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From: Claudine (cache-mtc-ab07.proxy.aol.com -64.12.116.71)
Subject: Re: Yes...
Date: January 28, 2006 at 7:01 pm PST

In Reply to: amenorrhea-hope this is okay for a general audience... posted by asher on January 25, 2006 at 4:36 pm:

I would start getting your bones checked for one! I used to be a serious distance runner for high school, then college. In college, my periods stopped. I was eating very lowfat back then even though I ate a decent amount of calories, had an 8% bodyfat which is extremly unhealthy for any female, and running about 10 miles a day. Then I started getting numerous stress fractures due to lower bone density. My Dr put me on birth control at the time to induce periods. It worked! But even when I quit running, they didn't come back on my own until I ATE MORE FAT and regularly! You need to eat fat to produce estrogen. Now I get them fine and without any hormonal help (annoyingly so). Although now eating raw, they are fairly light, yet still regular and I actually weigh less. I do have more bodyfat though and I eat plenty of fat in my diet. And now I'm a lazy bum, lol! But honestly, gaining weight is not so much the answer as eating regularly, eating fat in the diet and probably having some bodyfat. Also, it can take some time probably. If you were starving yourself, menstration takes energy. If your body is still in the starvation mode (with irregular eating habits and with too low bodyfat too), it wont expend extra energy until it recovers from that. And I'm not sure how much exercise you are doing total or how much stress you are under. One of my friends on the team also lost her periods. She was not underweight though and ate well, but she was under a lot of stress and doing heavy exercise. The lessening of stress helped her.



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