Amenorrhea is the absence of menstrual cycles. Amenorrhea is called primary
when a woman has not started to menstruate by the age of 16 years, while
secondary amenorrhea refers to the abnormal cessation of menstruation in a
woman who previously has had menstrual cycles. In amenorrheic women, the
levels of female reproductive hormones are not sufficient to stimulate
menstruation. This condition is sometimes associated with malnutrition,
such as that which occurs in anorexia nervosa, or with extreme exercise,
which puts excessive nutritional and other demands on the body. An
association between stress and amenorrhea has also been demonstrated.
Amenorrhea may also result from potentially serious disorders of the
ovaries, the hypothalamus, or the pituitary gland; therefore, a physician
should always evaluate chronic absence of menstrual cycles. Prolonged
amenorrhea can result in early bone loss and increased risk of
osteoporosis. Amenorrhea occurs naturally in women who are breast-feeding,
but in those circumstances it does not put the bones at risk.
Amenorrhea is often treated with progesterone, and nutritional
supplementation, with lifestyle changes, may also alleviate the condition.
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James F. Balch
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An amino acid that may have effects on brain chemicals
and female hormones, take 2 grams daily to improve
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Calcium / Magnesium
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Because nutritional deficiency occurs in women with
amenorrhea, take 1,200 mg per day to reverse bone loss
that has occurred with amenorrhea.
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Take 400 IU of vitamin D daily to aid in the absorption
of calcium to prevent/reverse bone loss due to
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Vitamin B Complex
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Prolactin is a hormone that may be elevated in some
cases of amenorrhea. Taking 200 to 600 mg daily of
vitamin B6 can restore menstruation and normalize
prolactin levels, if the woman has been tested for high
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Vitamin C may be associated with a return of ovulation.
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Zinc is known to be important for many aspects of
Super Prescription #7 Blue Cohosh
Blue cohosh is a traditional remedy for lack of
menstruation. It is considered to be an agent that
stimulates menstrual flow and a uterine tonic.
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It has long been known that extreme dietary restriction can cause
amenorrhea, as in the eating disorders of anorexia nervosa and bulimia.
Athletic women may have low intakes of calories and other nutrients. Eat a
healthy diet with adequate caloric intake of fruits, vegetables, dairy, and
lean protein. Also be sure to eat adequate quantities of fiber and healthy
Foods to Avoid
Avoid strict raw food diets with inadequate quantities of nutrients. Reduce
intake of carotenes, as women with amenorrhea often have increased levels
Moderate exercise has many benefits to the overall health of premenopausal
women, but intensive or excessive exercise can contribute to amenorrhea and
increase the risk of early bone loss due to the detrimental effects of
Hormonal changes associated with breast-feeding prevent menstruation in
healthy women. The duration of this interruption depends on many factors,
including the nutritional health of the mother.
Excessive stress causes the body to produce increased amounts of the
adrenal hormone cortisol, and several studies have linked high cortisol
levels to low levels of reproductive hormones and to amenorrhea. Smoking
may also contribute to amenorrhea.
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