We Overcomplicate Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery

If you’ve watched any of my YouTube videos, you know that I use vetted scientific research to explain hypothalamic amenorrhea. I spend hours researching, studying, and writing on this and similar topics as a graduate student in psychology. Yup, I’m practically swimming in journal articles...but I am going to tell you a secret: we don’t really need this stuff.

You have to eat more and move less.

You might think that someone well into the six-figure zone of student debt would have an interest to tell you otherwise, but the truth is that there’s not much in the research on HA that changes what you need to do in order to get your period back. Science can explain the ins and outs of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and why starchy carbohydrates are necessary. It can tell us the details of estrogen and progesterone fluctuations and about the importance of sleep. Science can explain why you are not wrong in thinking you might be addicted to exercise and even why social media contributes to the mess. It can tell you a lot about why you are already here, but the recovery part...that’s on you.

You have to eat more and move less.

Let’s have some real talk shall we? Most of the time, when you are looking to science to tell you how to get your period back it’s because you are a smart person looking for a way to hack out of doing something you don’t want to do. You want a prescription, pill, potion, or powder. You want a secret food combination, a cocktail of acupuncture and meditation, or adaptogens and vitamin supplements. You can seed cycle and build a temple to Lakshmi and rub clary sage on your feet. You can go ahead and twirl three times counter-clockwise on the second Tuesday of the month wearing silver bells on your ring fingers, it’s not going to change the facts.

You have to eat more and move less.

I know you thought you had a tumor on your pituitary (You didn’t).  I know you got tested for PCOS (You don’t have it). You may have gone to a nutritionist whose advice you summarily ignored after you saw the amount of food they said you should be eating (The nutritionist was right). You may have been prescribed birth control pills, pills to induce a period, pills to challenge the hormones (None of those address the actual problem). Sound familiar?

You have to eat more and move less.

The fact remains that if you are unwilling to see that the remedy is right in front of you, recovery will continue to elude you. Hear this: any “hack” will only interfere with true healing. Recovery is about understanding the reasons why you have come to believe that you must continue the unhealthy habits that have brought you to this point. Recovery is about seeing the mistakes in your training and nutrition and then ACTUALLY FIXING THEM. It is not about a hack or a prescription. It’s about you taking care of yourself.

You have to eat more and move less.

I know that the so-called experts have to justify their place in this world by throwing more and more science, studies, results, and general voodoo at you. You can lump me into that group too. I’m a health coach, after all, and I charge people to talk to me. When we talk, I will probably even throw some facts at you about your biology, neurology, psychology...but, nothing I say to you will change what you have to do to make this better.

You have to eat more and move less.

Just because it’s simple, doesn’t make it easy. I know. I’ve been there. Now, almost three years post-recovery I can tell you that it is, in fact, a hard road. But, it’s so, so worth it. I can talk to you about all of it, any of it, and in great detail. But when you ask me what I did to get my period back, my answer will be:

I had to eat more and move less.