My journey to recover from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea
If you have been following me on social media, you will have noticed there has been quite a few changes, physically and emotionally!
After returning from my Europe trip in July, earlier this year it was clear to me that a new chapter was awaiting for me.
I feel it is my duty as a health professional to be open and honest about my own health struggles, not just the successes. For some it may not come as such a surprise as they understand my passion in this area.
I have not had a natural period in almost 7 years. Hypothalamic amenorrhea is a result of perceived stress in the body. It is defined as a loss of mensural cycle for greater than 3 months. The result is the switching off of the communications between the hypothalamus (the master control centre of the brain) to the ovaries.
After a general consensus from general practitioners, a gynaecologist, endocrinologist and fertility specialist that “there is a chance it will never come back, sometimes it is like a permanent switch. You could try and put some weight on but it still might not come back, you will probably have to put a lot of weight on. You can try ovulation induction and IVF if you want to have children. You don’t need to have your period. You need to take HRT for the rest of your life to protect your bones through”. I had already “cut back” my exercise and gained “some” weight and it didn’t work. With no certainty, you know which way I chose.
As I have quoted before “Giving 99% is hard work, giving 100% is easy”.
With a great appreciation for and regular mediation and yoga practice of late I have been able to gain great clarity. I finally stopped and looked within. Had I really gave it my all?
After my own further extensive research I came to learn that if I gained a lot more weight, kept in a positive energy balance, cut out all intensive training and lowered overall stress it is actually highly likely that things may switch on again. Really there is no reason if I do all of these things it won’t. I have had every scan and test under the sun to show I am otherwise healthy. My body has done it before. It was designed to reproduce.
Intellectually you know I know how to gain weight but making these changes challenged routines, things I enjoy, the way I manage stress and most of all my perceived identity or ego. How can I be a trainer and not exercise? How can I be a dietitian and eat ice cream every day and “get fat”? I didn’t know who I was without all these labels and to be honest it scared me!
If you know me I am one determined woman. The thing I fear most in life, is regret.
On July 20th I went “all in” with committing to my Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery and I have not looked back!
Old friend has not yet returned but along with the Kg’s, body fat and new wardrobe, I have gained so much more energy, confidence, freedom and happiness. “Letting go” of identities, behaviours and materials that no longer serve me, being open, honest, courageous and trusting my intuition has helped me to really find myself again, after wandering off track. This has been the most challenging journey in my life to date but equally as rewarding and liberating.
Thanks to those who have supported me with your encouragement and support. I hope by sharing my story I can help raise awareness of this complex issue, prevent and help people in the same boat overcome the challenges, find strength and support.
More information on my services:
I help women with HA recover their periods, overcome food fear, inappropriate exercise behaviours, body dysmorphia and poor body image and help them to eat intuitively. I also help women who have had HA become pregnant.
My 1:1 coaching program is my most personalised service I offer for women who prefer 1:1 support.
My Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery Small Group Coaching Program contains my proven framework that has successfully supported many of my clients regain their periods, make peace with food and discover food freedom. This was created as is an affordable alternative to my 1:1 coaching that still offers 1:1 attention, support and the accountability you need to break through fears and adopting healthy behavior changes.
Together with a maximum of 5 other women just like you, you’ll take courageous and supported action together to:
- Get clear on what you need to do in order to get your period back
- Break through your health-limiting food rules and beliefs that are holding you back!
- Feel understood, fully supported and be held accountable to take courageous action!
- Understand the menstrual cycle, your hormones and be able to track signs of recovery!
- Have the knowledge, skills and resources to recover your period and fall pregnant naturally!
- Free yourself from guilt and anxiety around eating and establish more intuitive patterns and behaviours
- Uncover the power of love and gratitude for your body and reconnect with your intuitive hunger and fullness cues
- Overcome obsessive exercise behaviours and / or emotional and binge eating
- Allow your body to thrive, now out of its stressed and energy saving mode!
- Feel proud of all your have achieved and overcome, now feeling free!
- Individual attention during each call, in addition to the group coaching and education
- Access to a private Facebook group for the duration of the course, to connect with others on the same journey
- Suggested optional reading, workbook activities and personal challenges to complete between calls
Next Small Group Course Dates: 20th April 2020. Limited spots available.
Apply now through my website or book a free discovery call to give me the opportunity to learn more about you, your biggest struggles and discuss ways I can support you.
I would love if you would connect with me over on Instagram (@amyleegiannotti)