Lifestyle Changes to Manage and Treat Menstrual Disorders
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Lifestyle changes will depend on the cause. Exercise, food plan, weight, and stress can all play a role. It may take some time for a period to come back after changes are made.
Lower the Intensity of Workouts
Intense workouts can cause periods to stop. The body does not make enough estrogen when this happens. This can put a woman at risk for health problems, such as weakened bones. Lowering the intensity of workouts often helps periods return.
Athletes may need to stay on their workout schedule. Periods will often return when training is done or during the offseason. They can talk to their doctor about steps to protect overall health when training.
Stay at the Right Weight and Level of Body Fat
Amenorrhea is often due to having too much or too little body fat. Staying at a healthy weight can help lower the risk of problems. This can be done with the help of a doctor or dietitian who can create an eating and activity plan.
A period may return when a healthy weight is reached. Rapid weight gain or loss can also cause problems. Avoid extreme plans that cause rapid changes in weight.
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Elliot M. Levine, MD, FACOG
Last Updated: 11/15/2019
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