|Evening primrose for hormonal imbalance
Question : I have had no menstruation for the past two years
since I came back from Sydney. In the first year L
was there, I was homesick, coping with studies, stress
and a new environment. In the second year, I went on
a diet because all my friends were doing that. Please
The absence of menstruation in a woman during the
usual menstruating years for more than six months
is called amenorrhea, the medical term for failure to
menstruate. This is not a diagnosis, but a symptom of
another condition. The most complex aspect of treating
amenorrhea is to establish the exact cause for the absent
period, which is why you should consult a gynaecologist in
the first place.
Most cases of primary amenorrhea can be traced to
hormonal imbalances or malnutrition; less commonly
the failure to menstruate is due to genetic or structural
abnormalities, such as the absence of a uterus. Secondary
amenorrhea often develops during strenuous dieting for
It is one of the hallmarks of anorexia nervosa, a serious
eating disorder. Other precipitating factors include stress,
over-exercising, the use of oral contraceptives and other
medications, extreme obesity, hormonal disorders and tumours.
Evening primrose oil is a hormone-balancing nutrient
to help regulate the oestrogen and progesterone levels. It
has been proven to be effective in regulating the hormone
levels as it supplies the body with gamma-linolenic
acid (GLA) which will then be converted to beneficial
Stress can sometimes lead to amenorrhea. The oestrogen
levels are in the lower range and often ovulation does not
occur. Have enough rest and learn to manage stress wisely.
Yoga and meditation may help you cope better with stress.
Exercise regularly but not too strenuously as it may interfere
with the hormones.