Wondering what to do when your period isn’t coming? Start here…
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Light, irregular or missing periods are classic signs that you may not be ovulating. If your period isn’t coming and you are a young, active woman with no baby plans on the horizon, you might be thinking, why should I care?
Let me tell you–ovulation is important for every woman. It is part of any healthy hormonal cycle, a key measure of a woman’s overall health, and a symbol of our vitality and creativity. Plus, the symptoms we get when we don’t ovulate are no fun.
If you’re experiencing infertility you might be all too aware that you are not ovulating, but the best way to keep tabs is to track your ovulation signs. There are 5 ways to track your ovulation signs, including tracking your hormonal symptoms. A great way to do this is with the MyFLO app, which makes it easy and educational.
Think of your hormonal cycle as a chain reaction–if one stage does not occur properly, the following stages will not receive the correct triggers. When your ovary releases an egg, the ruptured egg sack produces progesterone. The increase of progesterone in your body encourages the build up and eventual release of the lining of your uterus (bleeding!). Without proper ovulation, low or no progesterone is produced. Communication between your ovaries, uterus, and pituitary gland (the hormone pump in your brain) goes awry.
When this chain reaction loses a link you get symptoms that show up in your period or at another time in your cycle. Ovulation every cycle is the key to avoiding these health issues. To ovulate, your body needs the right nutrients and the right kind of care.
Some of the symptoms you’ll get may not even seem like symptoms to you – in the case of light periods. Other symptoms might be what you consider your norm – like late periods every other month. Your body is indicating what you need to do to get back on track.
Please be aware the textbook reasons for not ovulating include: pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, over-exercising, being underweight, or having cysts on your ovaries (PCOS). There are several kinds of PCOS that women can experience on a PCOS spectrum, with specific root causes and specific natural treatments.
If none of these apply to you, both you and your doctor might be baffled as to what’s happening and exactly why your period is missing.
But – I know why. I have helped thousands of women bring back their period, regain ovulatory cycles, and banish their symptoms. As I say in the video, one woman came to me who had not had her period in 13 years! After 3 months following my FLO Living protocol she got her period back.
It can happen for you, too.
Here are some of the most common scenarios for women with a hormonal imbalance:
Light Periods: your uterine lining not getting the signal to thicken properly.
Lengthy Spotting after Predicted Ovulation Time: your uterine lining not getting the signal to stay put!
Late/Irregular Periods: these bleeds are usually not officially “periods” at all but breakthrough bleeding instead, which is when your uterine lining builds up, lacks proper signal to release, and eventually breaks through.
Severe Cramps: cramps indicate not enough progesterone (the “soothing” hormone) produced to balance out high estrogen levels.
Missing Periods: period isn’t coming at all. in some cases, lack of ovulation shuts down the entire menstrual process. As you heard in the video, this can happen after you’ve used hormonal birth control, if you have PCOS, or for other reasons.
Ovulation can be skipped by your body for a number of reasons – the root cause for women is often stress which, when chronic enough, can throw off your cycle. Other potential factors at play are imbalanced blood sugar and poor sleep.
The powerful mix of stress and poor sleep is the reason for many women’s period problems.
Trying to do it all and have it all leaves us stressed out, overworked, over-caffeinated, sugared up and fatigued. Our high-stress lifestyles take a toll on our kidney/adrenal organ system.
In modern terms, this is our stress management system. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is the heart of the body–the source of our basic vitality and creative energy. The kidney system supports all reproductive organs (uterus and ovaries) and activities (sex drive!). If you’ve got adrenal fatigue or “burnout” from doing too much and resting too little, your body may have no energy to produce an egg, hence why your period isn’t coming.
To get ovulation going, you need to rebuild energy in your kidneys. At your local health food store you’ll find plenty of herbal remedies and supplements for building kidney energy, but your body won’t effectively process the delicate herb essences if your diet and lifestyle do not also support you.
Luckily, FLO Living’s natural hormone-balancing protocol is designed to simply and effectively solve this issue through implementing the proper food and lifestyle plan for your unique female body – Cycle Syncing. You can start Cycle Syncing today by downloading the MyFLO app to get cycle phase-to-cycle phase advice on the right foods, exercise options, self-care techniques, and other activities to bring back your period, make your cycles regulate, and get you ovulating! To hear more from me, check out the video above.
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