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Is stress effecting your menstrual cycle?

Are you experiencing frequent cycles or perhaps have you lost of the cycle (Amenorrhea)? If so, then go speak to your doctor if you haven’t already. ⁣

Over the years of working with hundreds of women I have noticed trends. The relationship between stress and the cycle is a delicate one. If stress is high then cycles can become irregular, frequent or in some cases, cease.

This might in part be due to physical and dietary induced stress as you may have dieted to extremities for a show or shoot. Loss of the cycle can be quite common in these instances as the body sees reproduction as unnecessary for survival. It can be easily regained in time with the addition of body fat which should see the return of hormone balance restored.

On the other hand the loss of cycle or frequent cycles could be caused by mental or emotional stress. The body will respond to stress the same way, whichever one it may be. Increasing levels of catecholamines such as adrenaline in the blood can be one of the main culprits.

That being said the one thing you must look to do is to reduce overall stress on the body. Ask yourself, what systems do you have in place for managing stress? More than likely, none. As I place a huge emphasis on managing stress, clients have often noticed more regularity in their cycle along with improved digestion.

First off, ask yourself, how do you manage stress? You’ll probably say exercise. Well, that’s a physical stressor so that’s out. Upon analysis you’ll probably find you don’t do anything to manage this. Chronic stress can have huge impact on hormones, thus managing it should be something we actively seek to do. ⁣

Simple strategies I implement with clients: meditation, yoga, gratitude diary, journaling, guided breathing and warm baths. In the past five years these haven shown too drastically improve the regularity of the womens cycles I have worked with.

If you listen to the following podcast I recorded with Dr Carrie Jones you’ll get a basic understanding of how your hormones change over the month in relation to your cycle:

Vaughan Wilson Bsc Hons