Skip navigation

3923 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 18, 2009 6:43 PM by Nancy Clark RD CSSD
srayko Rookie 1 posts since
Aug 24, 2008
Currently Being Moderated

Jan 1, 2009 5:03 AM


Anyone experiencing amennorrhea?  I'm 43 and stopped having my period about 8 months ago.  Hormone tests show I am not in menopause.  I'm currently training for the Ironman and logging in about 12-16 hours/week of exercise.  I'm lean but not that lean (5'6", 120 lbs.)  Thinking I wasn't getting enough calories, I  tried increasing my calories but found myself putting on weight.  I think it might have to do with a high protein/moderate carb diet I was following.  I've changed my eating but nothing is happening.  Any suggestions?

  • KGRr Rookie 1 posts since
    Dec 17, 2007
    Currently Being Moderated
    1. Aug 27, 2009 6:20 AM (in response to srayko)
    Re: amennorrhea


    Srayko, did you ever receive a response regarding your post?  I am 40, similar size and training routine and experiencing the same issue.  My hormone tests also indicate I am not in menopause.  Thanks!



  • Nancy Clark RD CSSD Community Moderator 62 posts since
    Jul 8, 2007
    Currently Being Moderated
    2. Nov 18, 2009 6:43 PM (in response to srayko)
    Re: amennorrhea

    Amenorrhea commonly happens when you cut back too much on fuel and create too much of a calorie deficit. When your body doesn't have enough fuel to function normally, it ceases menses to save calories. The problem is, this is abnormal and can lead to stress fractures and premature osteopororis.


    To help resolve this problem, add about 100 calories a day every four days, to get your body out of "hibernation". You likely need an additional 500 calories. If you want more information, please see the chapter on "Dieting Gone Awry" in my Sports Nutrition Guidebook.



    Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD

    Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics

    Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD

    Sports nutrition counselor and food/weight coach

    Author, Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...


  • Correct Answers - 10 points
  • Helpful Answers - 7 points