(Closed) Exercise affecting ovulation?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Monny:  Having the IUD removed can affect your cycles. Give it more time.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Having any kind of birth control removed could affect your cycle, but I’m actually confused– you can track your cycles and tell when you are ovulating with a copper IUD? I mean, I guess with no hormones, that makes sense, but I never realized that.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

What did your doctor say when you had your IUD removed?  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yes!  The exercise could very well be affecting your cyles.  It can cause hypothalamic amenorrhea.  I’ve been reading up on this extensively because I suspect the same thing is happening to me.  I’m on day 78 going off the pill and my cycles haven’t resumed.  My hormonal levels also seem low.  Like you, I typically work out 5-6 days a week, for about 30min – 1 hour (often Jillian Michaels workouts because I love them), and I also do a great deal of walking daily.  It’s often not just a matter of how much you work out, but also is a result of not eating enough to supply your body with all of its energy requirements.  Nonessential functions (like menstral cycles) might be shut down by your body in order to conserve energy.  Some people are more susceptible to becoming amenorrheic than others, even without exercising to excess.

I’ll be going to the doctor in the next couple weeks, and I suspect I’ll need to cut back on exercise (and increase how much I’m eating) to see if that helps get my cycle going again.  For me, it going off the pill might have something to do with it.  I think that is less plausible in your case because your IUD was non-hormonal.  In that case (from what I understand) cycles should be pretty normal right away. 

From what I’ve read, most people need to cut out exercise almost entirely to get their cycles back (other than walking).  It sucks!  I don’t want to stop, either.  We get so programmed to think that working out is good for us.  But being thin and fit isn’t always the same thing as being healthy.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Monny:  I’m not underweight either.  I’m 5’4″, 120 pounds, BMI 20.6.  (Well within the normal range).  I haven’t lost weight since I’ve started working out but my body fat has dropped.  I eat well — healthy and a good amount., I don’t make any effort to limit carbs, fats, etc.  But I think I need even more. 

Running can definitely be a problem.  It might be a good one to cut out.  There’s a great forum on this topic — I’ll post the link below.  It might give you a good idea of what has worked for some people — cutting exercise and gaining seems to work nearly all of the time. 

http://www.fertilethoughts.com/forums/lifes-journey/343535-hypothalamic-amenorrhea.html

 

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