How I got my period back after 6 years.
How I finally got my period back -
my tips & tricks
This is the blogpost I have been wanting to write for ages (literally). And now i can finally say that I am fully recovered with a healthy menstruation and all. Hallelujah!
A lot of you have been following me and supporting me on my journey of becoming super duper healthy again after an eating disorder past. I shared that I still didn’t have a period after 5 years of trying to recover. In total i didn’t have my period for 6 years and it’s been a struggle to say the least. I have been to numerous doctors and tried out different treatments, which cost me a lot of money, time and strength. If you want to read more about that then check this blogpost here.
Now I think I found the answer to why and how I healed exactly.
Step one: Complete mental recovery
When I look back now I wasn’t mentally ready to fully commit to recovery for quite a while. I always fell back to restricting, checked my thighs in the mirror and worried about overeating or even worse - bloating. These are all things I can laugh about now. But back then my mental state wasn’t ready to accept change yet.
Step two: The hormones
In my situation my hormone levels were all pretty low (this will vary for everyone, so I can’t really tell you what you should do specifically) and I wanted to make sure that I didn’t end up with osteoporosis, but at the same time I didn’t want to take in any chemical hormones. So I found completely natural hormones, which are extracted from plants and totally identical with our own ones. That is why they don’t harm the body or have any weird side effects (like the contraception pill for example) but they are pretty costly. I toOk these hormones for 9 months in total and feel like they supported my recovery.
Step three: The energy
In the past, I did a lot of running. In my eating disorder days, I would spend 3 hours on the treadmill without a break. I don’t need to tell you that this is definitely not healthy. Moving your body is great but especially during healing time, you should have a gentle approach. Overworking your body in the gym won’t help at all! So stay to yoga, slow walks or a nice refreshing swim.
Step four: The fuel
That is the most important step in my opinion. It is the fuel (aka food). I actually doubled my food intake and at first it felt really horrible. But i realised that my body really needed it. I also upped my fat intake. Last month I ate 2 whole avocados each day, ate a bunch of nuts and seeds and cooked with plenty of good oil.
Sounds like a nightmare for someone, who used to restrict but it was the best thing ever for my body.
I still eat a lot to this day and I feel really good about it.
If you have any other specific questions, feel free to contact me at any time.
Stay happy and healthy!