Amenorrhea Muscle Building

Amenorrhea is the condition when a woman is not able to menstruate. It can be classified into two categories: ‘primary amenorrhea' and ‘secondary amenorrhea.' The condition when a woman has never menstruated is called ‘primary amenorrhea' while ‘secondary amenorrhea' occurs when a woman's menstruation periods cease after having been regular for months or years. A structure in the brain called the hypothalamus regulates the menstruation cycle by stimulating the pituitary gland to release two hormones, namely luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone. Regular menstrual cycles depend on pituitary gland, hypothalamus and proper functioning of ovaries and uterus.

If a girl reaches 16 without menstruation, it is better to consult a doctor. It is true that in many cases, especially if a girl is athletic or rather thin, menstruation might be delayed but there still remains a thin possibility that the girl does have a hormonal abnormality, more so if her other sexual changes also have been delayed, for example, her breasts and pubic hair have not yet begun to grow.

One way to prevent ‘primary amenorrhea' is to follow a regular and appropriate physical exercise program. It also helps a woman to maintain a normal weight for her height and age. ‘Primary amenorrhea,' however, cannot be prevented if it occurs due to anatomic aberration of the reproductive tract. In order to prevent ‘secondary amenorrhea,' it is advised to exercise moderately but not intensely. A low-fat diet but with necessary nutrients, avoiding emotional stress, and a perfect body weight with ideal toning of muscles can also help prevention of ‘secondary amenorrhea.'

Diet also plays a role when a woman develops amenorrhea. An underfed woman runs the risk of this condition. Restrictive dieting on several occasions causes menstruation to stop because of inadequate fuel to carry out the menstrual process. So, it is wise to consume sufficient amount of protein. If one under-consumes calories, she burns protein from food and her muscles for energy. With the decrease in muscles tugging on bones, the bones get weaker.

Amenorrhea can also interfere with a woman's ability to conceive easily if she wishes to start a family. It is believed that stress, and even the ratio of fat cells in your body to other cells can affect the menstruation process. If one follows a crash diet and loses a large amount of weight rapidly, her menstruation gets affected. In both cases, menstruation is stopped because her ovaries fail to produce sufficient estrogen in the cyclic manner. In case one reduces her exercise schedule or gain weight, she is likely to begin menstruating again. If that fails, or if she isn't keen on exercising less or gaining weight, estrogen in low doses may be recommended.

Many women have found that it is not the loss of weight but the amount of fat in one's body which affects the hormones. A woman is required to have a certain amount of fat or muscles so that she can successfully become pregnant and bear a child. So a number of factors are responsible for amenorrhea - and it is wise to consult a doctor whenever its symptoms occur so that more serious complications can be avoided.