Post # 1
Hi bees!! It’s been a while since I’ve checked in here. Since before our wedding! Quick summary on that was it could not have been a more beautiful day. It was so intimate, about 30 people of our families and closest friends. Just wonderful. I I can’t wait to get the professional pics back!! 🙂 Here’s two from my iphone.
OK but the real reason I’m posting is for advice! Mr. Melly and I want to have a baby soon. The problem is, I haven’t had a period for 10 months. Before that, I was 28 days on the dot, super regular. We started training for a half marathon in January so I chalked it up to that and figured it would resume when we finished, nope. I probably lost 10 lbs between a year ago and today, so nothing drastic. Doctors ran all sorts of tests and are also confused. I don’t have PCOS, or anything physical going on. They’re only wondering if it could be that slight weight loss. To be honest, I’m in a career where being fit is important. Of course, being a mom is more important to me than anything.
I was just wondering if anyone has had experience with this. I’m at a healthy weight, would gaining weight really make the difference over a few measly pounds? It doesn’t make sense! Did you have to do this? Did you get pregnant? How long did it take for periods to resume after making changes? Thanks!
Post # 2
My aunt used to be a fitness junkie and lost her period when her body fat percentage dropped too low. Maybe you’ve got something similar going on.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2014 - backyard
I have stopped my period recently and have been reading alot about it, my unqualified opinion is that; if your BMI is in the normal range, you dont need to gain weight, but just try relaxing both emotionally and physically, take it easy and your cycle and hormones will catch up and get back to normal soon.
All the best to you and your husband, the pics look great 🙂
Post # 4
It doesn’t matter what your weight is, if your body fat percentage is too low you will not have a period. Have you measured your body fat percentage? Most gyms will measure you for free. Anything lower than 18% starts to get you in the range of losing your period.
i have friends who do bikini competitions and they always lose their periods a couple months into training, after the show it can take them 3-6 months after gaining their BFP back for their hormones to regulate and for them to start having a period again.
Post # 6
I have a naturally low BMI and I had very irregulal periods. Anywhere between 24 and 90 days between. I started charting and found out that I was ovulating, just really, really late into my cycle. I got lucky that on the 2nd month of charting, I happened to BD around the time I surpisingly ovulated and we got pregnant. I wish I had started charting earlier so I had an idea of what was going on with my body.
Post # 7
You should probably talk to your doctor maybe he can put you on birth control if youre not on it now, maybe that will help you regulate your period. Good luck
Post # 8
I’m at a pretty low BMI (around 18%) and my periods were very irregular. Turns out I had a sub clinical thyroid issue. If you are at or above 18%, I would push your dr’s for answers. If you are lower then 18%, I would try to gain a little weight and see if that makes a difference.
If you are interested in charting, I would start immediately. I started in June and it helped us get pregnant the first month of trying because I was able to see exactly when I ovulated. Knowing that you are ovulating at all will be super helpful.
ETA: Birth control will prevent you from ovulating. That is not what you want.
Post # 9
I agree that your BMI is probably just too low to menstrate. When I was younger/skinnier my period was super irregular because I was so thin. Don’t have that problem anymore lol. Go See your doctor 🙂
Post # 10
MissMelly: Definitely see a doctor! I used to be about 16% BMI and but still got pregnant (I was training as well) and then I got up to 18% before I realized I was pregnant. I am now hanging around the 17%-18% mark and still have regular periods. So it could be another underlying issue for no periods.
Post # 11
I read The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant, and the author concludes from the research she’s looked at that having a BMI under 19 (even though 18 is considered healthy!) can mean that it’ll take you four times longer to get pregnant than a woman with a BMI between 20 and 24. It seems counter-intuitive – wouldn’t a healthy lifestyle make you a better “baby apartment”? – but it does seem like adding a little extra body fat might help you get your period back and get on the road to conception. Wishing you lots of luck!
Post # 12
BMI and body fat percentage are not the same thing. BMI doesn’t tell you how much of your body composition is made up of fat and is pretty useless in terms of determining if you have a healthy enough amount of it to have regular periods. You need body fat in order for your body to fully function properly and if yours is too low, regardless of if you have enough muscle to make up the rest of your body composition to put you at a healthy weight, then you will have trouble with your cycles and getting pregnant. I would highly encourage you to talk to your doctor and see a dietician about gaining body fat in a healthy way. This may also be taxing your endocrine system so you would be wise to have a full thyroid workup via either your primary care physician or an endocrinologist. Being fit doesn’t have to mean being incredibly skinny. Fat plays a major role in a healthy body and that doesn’t mean you have to actually be fat.
Post # 13
I have been to two dotors, my MD and a gyno she recommended. I’m at the low end of healthy weight but still a healthy weight. However, I lost my period right around when I started having a six pack and I was still heavier weight wise than where I am now. So the comments about the body fat percentage are interesting (yet my doctor still was clueless because she knows I’m healthy!). She did recommend let’s just try and lay off running and weight lifting to see if it comes back. Sounds silly but it’s been hard! I’ve cut back from 5 days a week to one. Hoping that makes a diffrence!!
Post # 14
MrsKay23Nov: and thank you!!
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
MissMelly: It really sounds like a body fat problem. I’m surprised your doctors don’t think so. In order for a woman to have a six pack and look “cut” she has to be around 16% body fat…which according to PP that would mean you are too low in body fat to get your period. And of course you weigh more now than you did when you didn’t have as much muscle, muscle weighs more than fat!
Maybe you need to get a 2nd (or 3rd) opinion from another doctor. Or maybe you just aren’t listening to what they are telling you…I don’t mean this to be rude, but I’m a runner and when I was training for my first marathon I developed a stress fracture and basically thought it would be okay for me to continue running b/c I couldn’t think about stopping…I didn’t listen to the advice they gave me b/c it’s not what I wanted to hear!! Maybe you need to cut back on the weight training and eat a little more. You can always get back into it after the baby.