Menstrual Health

I’ve thought about posting on this topic for sometime but wasn’t confident about discussing something so personal. However I recently read a great article Fitness & Menstrual Health published on the Precision Nutrition blog and felt I should share and help raise awareness to all my female budding athletes and clients out there. What I’ve come to realise is that when you begin talking about fertility issues, you realise that you’re not alone and you can gain a lot of support from others experiences in similar situations. This brings so much comfort to what can be a very stressful time for a couple/family. 
If you are very active and you have an absent cycle I would encourage you to visit your Doctor. Don’t wait until you want to conceive to have the problem investigated. It is a problem. The difficulty with hormonal imbalances is that there are so many factors that can cause it – stress, lack of sleep, intense exercise, diet. How many of you when you look at that list have troubles with more than one of the above? I know I do. I exercise most days for an hour and 85% of the time it’s intense. I don’t always sleep as much as my body probably needs. I get stressed out quite easily. I get stressed if I have a bad weekend of eating!! I get stressed when I don’t exercise. I personally am doing what I can to control my stress levels and using alternative therapies such as acupuncture and mediation to de-stress. It’s very difficult as it’s a time when you want and need to be calm but the situation itself is stressful! Your mind is so powerful and without realising it you may be harming your body and how it functions. 
Read the article and take it seriously. Your fertility is so precious!! 
Click here to read the article.

4 thoughts on “Menstrual Health

  1. Yep! Very long, frustrating and emotional process. I think you have to focus on the present and not get bogged down with the ‘if’s and but’s’, Accepting that this is the cards we’ve been dealt and trying to remain positive throughout. I’m lucky that I have such a wonderful supportive hubby to keep me sane! 🙂 xx

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  2. great post & very important to discuss & share! Interesting article! I had absent periods for some time & visited the Dr regularly regarding it – unfortunately in Scotland they don’t tend to offer much in the way of advice until it has been well over a year of trying – even if you don’t have periods they still suggest to ‘keep trying’. I underwent thyroid tests & was told to put on a little weight to help me conceive as my BMI was lower than it should have been. In the end my period returned by itself & I conceived a few months later.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Rebecca! I’m happy to hear that your body naturally kicked itself back into action. It’s a frustrating game of trial and error, hormones are so unpredictable. We’re very fortunate to be in the states for the fertility care here. We’re hoping for success in the new year with IVF. We hope that a positive attitude will help us along the way!

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      1. Really brave of you to write about this. I never realized how many people struggle behind closed doors but with most of our friends it’s been a long emotional process.

        It’s easy to stop thinking long term and focus on the here & now when it comes to your body and mind.

        Everything always works out x

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