By Robin Nielsen
One of the hallmark symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome is irregular menstrual cycles: either they’re missing altogether, they come inconsistently, or they might be very heavy or very light – and there may be no ovulation.
In general they are very unpredictable and sometimes very painful.
If you do have a cycle, the PMS symptoms can be horrible. In just a moment I’ll share why your cycle is not regular – you’ll be surprised at what you learn.
Here’s a quick overview of menstruation terms:
- Amenorrhea is when you have no cycle at all
- Dysmenorrhea is when you have painful periods
- Oligomenorrhea is when you have less than 6-8 periods per year
- Anovulation is no ovulation and
- Menorrhagia is when you have unusually heavy or long menstrual periods
Then there are combinations of these which I won’t get into here.
A common treatment for regulating menstrual cycles in general is the birth control pill (BCPs) and many medical professionals use BCPs as a first line of defense for PCOS.
Birth control pills are not a solution for PCOS and may cause more harm.
While birth control pills may make you feel like you’re having a more normal cycle, that’s far from the truth. Birth control pills mimic a “regular” cycle by completely suppressing the ovary-pituitary axis by its hormones. When the week of inactive pills is taken each month hormone levels drop abruptly causing the lining to shed in a bleed which looks similar to a period.1
It’s important to note that birth control pills are chemical drugs that further imbalance your hormones putting you at greater risk for weight gain, depression, irritability, hair loss, facial hair growth, autoimmune disease, thyroid problems, high blood pressure, digestive problems and with an increased risk of blot clots. They suppress ovulation – the exact opposite of a normal menstrual cycle.
When I was on birth control pills I blew up like a balloon and felt very inflamed. I felt anything but normal. My self esteem plummeted and I couldn’t get off of them fast enough.
Many women with PCOS have been put on many different types of birth control pills only to figure out years later that all they do is keep us stuck. So don’t fall into the birth control pill trap if you’re just beginning your research.
A regular menstrual cycle is different for every women – anywhere from 28-35 days between periods, and even 45 days is considered “normal” if you’re still in your teens. When your cycle is not regular or “normal” it’s because your body is in flight or fight mode a lot of the time due to stress, so it shuts down processes in the body that are not key to survival – in this case your menstrual cycle.
Here’s a quick example: female athletes often lose their menstrual cycle altogether due to intense training that causes high stress to the body along with very low body fat. The body doesn’t have enough resources to have a menstrual cycle. This is also what happens with PCOS.
Your body does not have the resources to have a regular menstrual cycle.
The key is being a bit investigative to understand what is stressing your body out – what is keeping your hormones in fight or flight instead of rest and digest mode? I call them “hormone deal-breakers”.
Some of them are:
- Nutrient deficiencies – your body is lacking vital nutrients for its daily needs (this includes anemias)
- The wrong diet (food) for you
- The wrong exercise or type of movement for you
- Inadequate rest and sleep for you
- Toxins from many different places both internal and external including toxic relationships
- Low thyroid function
- Low adrenal function
- Lack of support
- Sluggish or fatty liver
- Bacterial or fungal infections
- Poor microbiome (gut bacteria) balance
- You’re just too busy
- Negative thoughts
And so much more. Anything that stresses your body emotionally or physically will throw you into hormone imbalance, and pretty quickly. The stress hormone cortisol rises and stays high, and the blood sugar hormone insulin also rises and can stay high causing your cells to become resistant to insulin. When cortisol and insulin are chronically elevated your body remains in the fight or flight state for too long causing many other hormone imbalances.
Here are 3 ways to get your menstrual cycle back on track:
- Replace missing nutrients,
- Learn what to eat and how to eat to support YOUR body, and
- Identify your “hormone deal-breakers”
The PCOS 5-Element System is the only program in the world that shows you step-by-step how to support your body to have a regular menstrual cycle and heal from the symptoms of PCOS.
Your body is amazing. When given the right support your body will magically return to its natural rhythms. Learn more about the PCOS 5-Element System right here and I’ll show you how to get your menstrual cycle back on track. We’ve helped thousands of women get their menstrual cycle regulated, now it’s your turn.
Maybe you want to start a family or maybe you just want to feel healthy. Whatever your reason I’m here to show you step-by-step how to heal your body. Click on the link below to get started….I’m here for you every step of the way.
1 McCullough, Fiona ND, 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS
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