If you are of child-bearing age, and not pregnant, but have missed period over consecutive months, then it’s advisable to see your GP for further investigation. For those who usually have menstrual
cycles but who suffer heavy bleeding, irregular periods or menstrual pain, likewise, they should see their doctor.
If you are aged 16 or older and have never had a period (primary amenorrhoea), this needs to be investigated by a doctor.
If you have had menstrual periods in the past but have missed three consecutive periods in a row or have missed periods for more than six months, but you are not pregnant, then this is secondary amenorrhea. Again, visit your doctor for medical testing.
Diet related issues may provide some answers as to why menstrual periods are missed. Being overweight or underweight, excessive exercising, thyroid problems, uncontrolled diabetes, amongst other conditions, can all impact on your menstrual cycle.
Period pain, missed period and diet.
Every month, women can struggle with period pain, sometimes with the pain starting days before her bleed begins and lasting throughout the bleed. Period pain can feel like cramping and be extremely uncomfortable. It is always advisable to speak to your doctor as some types of menstrual or period pain can be caused by underlying
Many symptoms and problems related to a woman’s menstrual cycle can be helped by diet. Research has shown that vitamin B3 (niacin) can alleviate certain kinds of period pain. A diet with the correct balance of calcium, magnesium and vitamins C and E can also help alleviate period pain.
Good sources of appropriate nutrients:
- Vitamin B3 (niacin): wholegrains, beef, turkey, chicken breast, green leafy vegetables, and brewer’s yeast.
- Calcium: whole grains, shellfish, dairy products.
- Magnesium: nuts and seeds, dark leafy greens, beans and lentils, fish (mackerel), dark chocolate.
- Vitamin C: many fruits and vegetables and fruits, including oranges, kiwi fruit, broccoli, kale, red and green peppers.
- Vitamin E: eggs, cold-pressed oils, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, avocadoes, almonds and wheat germ.