He is the best thing that has ever happened to me (sorry hubby!!!) Q: Post pill amenorrhea and The Next Choice EC pill. Post-pill acne responds to zinc, berberine, DIM, and a dairy-free, sugar-free diet. And if so, how long did it take? Why me? I know I've been posting a lot but I really am very upset. I haven’t had any good news to share so that’s why I haven’t don’t any updates. I’m so sorry to hear you’re experiencing the same issues. Going to try take the progesterone and high dose vitamin d now and see if that makes a difference. By Worried_21 July 11, 2012 - 9:22pm. Any updates with your progress? I came off it after my first year abs and didn’t see my period for 6 weeks. It did force me to have one period but nothing after that. You have the exact issue I have. After 6 weeks of treatment, finally my period returned. My mother and grandmother both started their periods age 11 so my mum was concerned that I still didn’t have mine and took me to the GP when I was 16. According to Gynaeonline, up to 3 percent of women develop post-pill amenorrhea 1. No luck for me yet! Hey Brittany! Three rounds of Provera didn’t help. ), but his biggest piece of advice was to eat more, exercise less and work on removing stress from my life. [side note: medical literature does not support the idea of post-pill amenorrhea. I had gastroentiris in February and due to being in hospital I ended up not being able to get another set of my usual Pill. I was on the pill for 3 years after I had my son, they immediately put me on it when I was only 4 weeks post pardom. Anyways, as I said it’s been two months since I posted my original post about dealing with amenorrhea and in total, since September, I’ve had four regular cycles. Post-pill amenorrhea may be caused by the pituitary gland being suppressed 1. I wish they would just return. I reduced my exercise to around 4 hours a week which made me pretty miserable as I basically gave up cycling with my club and cycling events. My doctor wants to do a cervical exam but I’m only 20 and have never had a speculum used on me before so it is really scaring me. I have heard that some chinese herbs help but I don't know what they are i think you would have to see a herbalist. I was sent for hormone blood tests but basically told not to worry and to cut back on exercising (to be fair I was doing 8 – 13 hours a week of cycling, running & swimming which I know seems a lot to a normal person!). What I particularly loved about NPNW was that it addressed one of the issues that had kept me in denial for so long-why it was that some women I knew were thinner than me and had several children. I knew that I wasn’t getting a bleed while on the pill, but thought this was perhaps because I had been on it for so many years. If you’re currently struggling with HA right now I’m sending hope, love and positive vibes your way! Overcoming post-pill amenorrhea can be tough, but with the right natural, whole foods in your diet, you can get your period back. September 7, 2018 at 9:39 pm Thank you Lara for your response. I’m finding it very difficult emotionally, I hate to admit my life has probably ruled by watching what I eat and making sure I ran off any food guilt from the weekend. I’m glad I found this forum, as I’m going through something similar. I trusted his advice and just kept moving forward, hoping that working with him would help. My weight loss was severe and I quite quickly became very ill. Western doctors won’t typically admit this, but the pill has side effects. This post may include affiliate links. , Sian, a member of my facebook group and someone with whom I’ve worked individually, recently shared her recovery story in the group and was getting lots of questions, so she offered to write a guest post so that others with primary amenorrhea could hopefully follow in her footsteps. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 2 years later I have just come off of the pill again 5 weeks ago. Thank you for your support. Did your period came back already? All tests so far are ok (other than showing that I’m not ovulating). He was grateful I got the blood work done because he now knows to work on the hypothalamic-pituitary axis. I am in the UK and so was receiving all my treatment free of charge through the NHS [National Health Service], which involved lots of waiting between appointments. Then, one day I was skimming through Facebook and a friend of mine had shared a blogpost by elite runner Tina Muir. 18 months since going off the pill and still no period. I hope me sharing helps someone else and I’ll be sure to keep you all updated. In fact, quite a few women can experience what’s known as post-pill amenorrhea. By this stage, I was getting frustrated. Authors M E Molitch, S Reichlin. :/ That said, I am getting updated blood work done so I should have an update posted in the next couple weeks. I stopped taking it in May, 2015 as I got married and I have not had a period since. I worked out 5-6 times a week and ate low fat, low carb diet. After the holidays and three months without anything I started to get a little worried and decided to make an appointment with my gynecologist. I’m walking, taking barre classes and I’ve started back with yoga (which really helps with stress for me). The hospital agreed I could postpone my second IVF cycle until the end of the year, to give us chance to conceive naturally. Just curious to know if anyone has any success stories while experiencing post pill amenorrhea? Still, I carried on running. I have been taken one pill in the morning everyday before breakfast for two weeks now. Variety of herbs did not make a difference. best. I have lost about 2 stone in a year and half through exercise and healthy eating and am glad to see that this may be a contributing factor. It was a tough journey & a lot to balance but it feels good to share! Im hoping to know how its been working for you so far. I found your post about post pill amenorrhea because I think that’s what I maybe going though too. My experience so far with PCOS, post pill amenorrhoea, hormonal acne and my first month on Metformin. ). I’ll be back tomorrow with a recipe for ya! I ‘needed’ to run. Im hoping the TCM is doing its thing and its not another 4.5 months before I see another period! ... I’m experiencing post pill amenorrhea (9 months so far) and developed moderate-severe acne since stopping the pill. Treatment may be done with hormones or other medicines, changes in diet or exercise, and calcium supplements. I need to hear some success stories to keep my PMA up.. Also has anyone had accupuncture to treat Post Pill Amenorrhea?, if so was it any use? I could tell she was kind of annoyed with me for just going off them without asking. At this point I had already started seeing an acupuncturist every two weeks. Hey Caitlin – So sorry to hear you’re going through this, but I’m glad my story was helpful and hopefully gave you some comfort knowing you’re not alone. Each time however I felt these comments were made rather flippantly as an add-on just before the end of my appointment and never really explained in detail. I have been doing acupuncture for 2 months now, tried the herbs as well but still no relief from the hot flashes and insomnia. You can read the full story here: https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/healing-hypothalamic-amenorrhea/. Through all my research one idea kept popping up for me. I’d heard (and read online) that it can take a while for your body to adjust. At first I wasn’t too phased about not getting my period back straight away. I did it for one month, didn’t get a period and I decided I was not going to continue putting artificial hormones in my body when I knew that’s what got me here in the first place. I had a healthy BMI of 21 and ran about 20 miles a week over 4 days. I had a good cry and then I really thought about it. Does anyone know if I am just I have severe hot flashes, insomnia and awful headaches. I just take long walks. I was good at running, better than everyone else at my school. Who knew? I started on the pill at the age of 14. I was thinking about the possibility of not being able to have children, possibly having a brain tumor and also wondering about the exercise and dietary recommendations. Post Pill Amenorrhea : Hi Ladies. I was diagnosed with a “blood flow deficiency ” and inflammation. I’ve cut back on working out, I’m eating more and ‘I’ve gained 7lbs but nothing yet. It’s been just over a year and still no period. I had got. Good luck to everyone and hoping we all get pregnant soon ☺. 2020 UPDATE: Just wanted to share that I was able to heal hypothalamic amenorrhea, get my cycle back, became pregnant and had a beautiful baby girl. ... thanks so much for sharing your story! If you’re unfamiliar, amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation. I sincerely hope that you’re living the life you want- whatever that looks like. Ive seen a homeopath, acupuncturist, NHS doctor, Private doctor, endocrinologist, reflexologist, therapists, and NOTHING HAS WORKED. My hormone levels looked okay, but she recommended doing the progestin challenge. I feel so defeated and I’m devasted that taking the pill, excercise and a low fat diet has gotten me to a place in my life that leaves me empty. Thanks!! Hi Brittany The scan showed multiple cysts. I haven’t run for 7 months, but I would never run again for this little guy! I hear you. We are not wealthy people and couldn’t afford to fund more than one more attempt ourselves. I also pestered my GP to refer me to the fertility clinic which I’ve since had a scan and further blood tests through. Reply. I remember being told by the Consultant Paediatric Psychiatrist at the time that my ovaries appeared small and shrivelled on an ultrasound scan, but aged only 13 and stuck in the depths of an Eating Disorder, I didn’t fully understand the implications of this. I was also diagnosed with HA. Like many women my age, I was on the birth control pill for most of my teenage and adult life, and that masked a lot of my symptoms. This post about hypothalamic amenorrhea has been a long-time coming. I was exercising 4-5 a week and was on a low carb low glycemic diet. I did run that month and especially enjoyed it after having had the break. Brittany. Don't Panic! But i must say that when i went on the pill i was not told about post pill ammenorhea, but they asssured me the pill has no longterm effects on reproduction. It's really great to hear some of the success stories on here. I was at an all-time low. He did his needle work, prescribed me a few supplements and made me feel relieved by saying that he sees women all the time with the same issues after coming off hormonal birth control. How many more signs did I need??? DC2 was conceived (again without a period) after 9 months post-pill and DC3 was conceived 6 months after stopping breast feeding without ever having a period. Any success stories of getting period back after going off birth control pill? Yes, I experienced post pill Amenorrhoea and anovulation too after 12 years on the pill. I have read about pituitary gland and thinking about MRI after reading your case. Your email address will not be published. Leaving the office I was scared. Post-pill amenorrhea is, in most cases, a relatively uncomplicated medical problem to diagnose and treat, but it is imperative to exclude pituitary tumors or serious endocrinological abnormalities before treatment is begun. But she now has two healthy kids. I won races, I enjoyed it, I had more confidence than I had ever had before in my life. © 2021 Eating bird food • AN ELITE CAFEMEDIA FOOD PUBLISHERsite by Katelyn Calautti + Made to thrive. (Note – Sian is from the UK so uses British spellings. She talked about an amazing lady, called Nicola Rinaldi, and her life-changing book. Any luck with getting your period yet? Everyone is different and perhaps my current habits are putting too much stress on my body? This was despite being told by the embryologist that we had the highest quality embryo he had ever seen and that we had a 75% chance of it working. I did eat well though, a balanced diet including all food groups, and so didn’t think my weight was an issue at all. Just curious to know if anyone has any success stories while experiencing post pill amenorrhea? I have an appointment tomorrow to be prescribed clomid but I’m in two minds whether to wait a bit longer and try and get my body to start ovulating again by itself. Both my luteinising hormone (LH) and my follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels are low. I gained 18 pounds in a 3 month period and stopped exercising completely. After 15 years on the pill I came off it in May so that we could try for a baby, at first I wasn’t worried when my period didn’t arrive but as it approached the 3 month mark I got more worried and visited my GP. What happens is that the pill works by suppressing the pituitary gland's cyclic stimulations of the ovaries. I found your blog post after furiously googling ‘how long does it take to get your period back after coming off the pill’…. Make sure to tag your recreations: #eatingbirdfood. It suppress hormones (LH and FSH included) and it takes some women’s bodies longer than others to start functioning properly. My whole life the one thing I had always been certain of was that I wanted to be a mum and now it looked as if that wasn’t going to happen. From anorexia to bulimia… But I have been in good health for around 7 years now. Do you have an update on this issue. It’s really nice to know I’m not in my own. Thanks for the reminder. https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/healing-hypothalamic-amenorrhea/, http://nicolejardim.com/bringbackyourperiodmasterclass/orderform.html, https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/amenorrhea-update/, 10 Mason Jar Salads to Meal Prep This Summer. I’m at stage 1 of all of this, 13 years on the pill and stopped and now no mrnstruation. I am so comforted to know I am not alone. Thank you for sharing this! Hi Emily! I did an update in November (https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/amenorrhea-update/), but I didn’t end up getting an MRI so I don’t have any results for that. I might have to cut back on working out or gain a few pounds, but in the end I know it will be worth it. So here’s the story — as I mentioned here and here, I’ve been dealing with post pill amenorrhea since going off birth control pills last September. I haven’t heard an update from you. What?!! Flax seed might help, Progesterone and Periods – Part 1: Provera Challenge. I probably went on about 20 different pills between 14-18. They were both positive! Sort by. Apparently this post-pill amenorrhea is not uncommon, Ive been on the pill for 10 years. Let us know how you are doing! Hi Brooke, You don’t even realize how alone and confused I was feeling on the couch a few minutes ago before I read this. If you are not getting a period once you stop the pill, investigations should start … In about 10% of If your menstrual cycle has not returned by three months or more after you stop the pill, you probably want to see your ob-gyn and discuss what to do next. I’m still working to balance everything out! Each time I only ovulated when I stopped running for a week. Post-Pill Amenorrhea. At the end of my tether, I thought, fuck it may as well just go back on the pill, at least my energy levels will improve and my bones will be protected. My story of dealing with and finally reversing five years of amenorrhea. A lot of women have reached out to me lately and so Nicola and I thought it would be helpful for me to share my story more formally through a blog post….so here it goes! I say just keep at it and your body will figure things out. Plus, I know from previous comments that there are others out there struggling with similar issues so I wanted to share. I had a perfect 28 day cycle, but again my period came rather than the result that I wanted. I just wondered what happened with your period in the end? Required fields are marked *. After 3 months on no period and a number of negative pregnancy tests, I started to panic. Anyway, I’m googling other women’s stories to try and put my mind at ease and feel like I can relate to someone else. Sex & Relationships > Post pill amenorrhea and The Next Choice EC pill. In some cases the woman could also be pregnant in which case secondary amenorrhea ceases post … The first month was almost 35 days, then 33 days, then 31 days, and last month was about 30 days. Your email address will not be published. Hi Ediola. I hope I return to normal soon, I may have to start exercising a bit more though after reading how some people had to slack off. Yes, this is common. I went off the pill recently, after being on it for approximately 12 years, just because I didn’t want the hormones anymore, and so when I am ready to start trying to get pregnant, I could easily as I thought since I was on the pill so long, it may be more difficult. I’m Lou. Post- Pill Hypothalamic Amenorrhea. It can be brought on by a variety of things. Hi Brittany, Read her post with a lovely British accent if you can also, it is clear that her primary amenorrhea was in fact hypothalamus-based. Post Pill Amenorrhea Should I start my new contraceptive pill? I go back and forth on days of feeling hopeful and other days when I’m scared to death I’m still only at the beginning of a long journey. As long as it was for enjoyment and nothing intense or compulsive. I’m sorry to hear that you’re dealing with a similar issue. I still couldn’t ditch the gym yet and was waiting for my period to magically come back thinking it was just post pill amenorrhea. Jardim called this stage “post-pill amenorrhea.” Post-pill amenorrhea or post-pill syndrome can present with an HA or PCOS picture. When I woke up however, there was no blood. Nothing happened. Will keep you posted! However, it can also happen due to medications, contraceptives, lifestyle factors or other complications. Post-pill amenorrhea is believed to be due to suppression of the pituitary gland by the birth control pills. Hi Caroline! Post pill amenorrhea is described as the loss of menstrual periods for at least 6 months after stopping birth control pills. I don’t know what I did to it but it really hurt. I am thinking of paying for this; Best of luck with your journey. I’m currently still continuing treatment as the Chinese Doctor is stressing that now my menstrual cycle has returned, its important to get it back to ‘normal’. I do encourage you to, Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window). I just want you to know you aren’t alone. My soulmate and I have decided we want to get married and have babies and so I decide to come off the pill! I was admitted to hospital and spent the next three years in and out of hospital, missing a lot of school. I told Isaac last night I’m probably taking advantage of the whole “eat more” thing. I am experiencing a plethora of unbearable symptoms. I have a BMI of 19, its on the low side but I was this weight when I started my period. I have very low oestrogen, LH and FSH. We had a good laugh about it, but maybe it’s what I need. That was October last year. Your email address will not be published. I need to hear some success stories to keep my PMA up.. Also has anyone had accupuncture to treat Post Pill Amenorrhea?, if so was it any use? It is tough and frustrating! I therefore didn’t take any notice. I was on the pill for 14 years and went off it in June 2016. Saw this article and was in disbelief as I kept reading. Pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause are all natural and normal reasons. I’ve been on the pill for 3 years. I wish I could offer some encouragement but I’m in a similar situation and feel like I’m losing my willpower to fight. Finally, yes, low-dose DHEA supplements could conceivably help with HA. 84% Upvoted. I began to stress that maybe the reason was that I was too thin (I am 5’7 and only 54kg). In a nutshell, over the next five years I had two unsuccessful six-month courses of Clomid, an unsuccessful round of Injectables and an unsuccessful  IVF. 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