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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 advise.

Answer : 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 weight loss.

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 prostaglandins.

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.

 
 

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