I don’t think I have any male readers (besides Mallard).
But if you are a guy and you don’t want to know anymore than you already know about female hormones… you may want to steer clear
Here we go:
I have had less than 5 periods since I gave birth to Snuffy 2 1/2 years ago. I wasn’t concerned for the first 7 months because I was breast-feeding. The only periods I did have were very short and extremely light. By the time I had finished breast-feeding Snuffy, I was dropping weight rapidly. I had just started school at Xavier and I was extremely stressed out. My weight sank to a dangerous level. I assumed my lack of menstruation was due to my low weight and stress level. Eventually, I re-worked my schedule and found ways to deal with my stress effectively. I began to use exercise as a stress reliever. My weight leveled out and then climb a little higher than necessary. So, I assumed that my periods would regulate. That didn’t happen. I have been at a healthy weight for almost a year now and still nothing.
I finally decided to speak with my OBGYN about the issue. First, he suggested taking out my IUD . Although my IUD was non-hormonal, my doctor still thought there was a chance that the device was the culprit. I had the IUD removed and still no period. The next step was to have some general bloodwork done to check my thyroid. That came back normal. Then there was more bloodwork to check for PCOS and irregular hormone levels.
I recieved the results of that bloodwork recently. I do not have PCOS. I do have irregular hormone levels. My estrogen levels are extremely low. So, now my hormones need to be regulated.
I’m not exactly excited to deal with monthly periods again. But, I do know that regular periods are a sign of a healthy body. There are long-term detrimental effects of amenorrhea . Most of thes effects are related to osteoporosis and bone density. Both my paternal grandmother and my maternal great-grandmother have/had osteoporosis. So, unfortunately, I need to get my hormone levels up to a regular level.
I’m aware of the need for normal hormone levels, yet taking oral hormones is not something that is easy for me to do. I don’t even take over-the-counter meds anymore! So, before embarking on a pharmaceutical rollercoaster, I took things into my own hands and began to look for information on treating my amenorrhea hollistically. I tried some widely recommended herbal remedies. They didn’t bring any change at all
At least I tried to go the hollistic route. Now, I have to accept the fact that I will be relying on modern pharmaceuticals. I find it odd that I am eating a high-raw diet yet I’m taking prescription medication. Anyway, I now have a med routine. I have two medications to take on specific days of my non-existant cycle to move things along.
I have been on the first meds for 4 days now. I feel emotional and tired. Ugh. Self-inflicted PMS
I am contuing to eat 99% raw!
The only things I have ingested that are not raw since I last posted are:
Decaf Americano with Stevia
Annie’s Light Gingery Salad Dresssing
The last of my almond butter
Raw Almond Butter is not cheap. I do love Maranatha Raw AB but due to it’s price I have been mixing it with Whole Foods brand AB to save $
So, I decided to try to make my own AB. I only had about 1/3 cup of almonds.
I put them in my food processor and after a few seconds, the blade stopped spinning and that was it for the food processor
That food processor has been used less than 10 times!