Hello Everyone, Im new to this site.
I was diagnosed September 2009 Anorexia, I have suffered for about 5 years, it was 2009-April 2010 that my actual weight was affected, previously i was just concious of calories and limited high calorie or high fat foods.
I am 5'8 and now weigh 121lbs, late 2009/early 2010 i was 100-105lbs.
Regardless of my weight gain ive not got my periods back, they have never really been regular (always every 35-50days) but last year was the first time they had ever actually stopped.
Its so hard to keep the motivation going, Im still eating regularly but im worried the stress of this isnt helping me either?
Id love some advice if anyone else has/having the same situation as me?
By the time I would probably encourage you to go see a health care professional about the issue.
There a are a very other issues that could stand in your way. You still might not weight enough, have too low of body fat, not have enough fat in your diet, or over-exercising. There are many reasons. But, if it doesn't start soon go see someone!
I don't know too much about it, but I can tell you my experience:
Before my ED/compulsive excersize caused my periods to stop, I was always a 28-30 days cycle, really regular. I had 2 healthy pregnancies. After my daughter was born I breastfed ans therefore didn't get my period. Right around the time I stopped bf'ing her, I started training for a half marathon and my ED happened at the same time. I never got my periods back until I started gaining weight. I got it back around 10lbs underweight. I am still a little less than 10lbs underweight, but have gotten my period (more irregularly, first two months apart and then roughly 35 days apart). I don't know for sure, but I think 120 may still be underweight for your height. I think it depends on your build and excersize, but I think for me the running is what really halted my cycle.
My husband and I are currently trying to concieve, but I don't know if I can! I'm so terrified that I have damaged my fertility. We've only been trying for a few months, but we got pregnant on the first time with both kids before, so this is new for us.
Anyway, I highly recommend seeing someone! you're right, the stress doesn't help things either, in my situation as well. Good luck!
I can't offer much insight as far as the period thing - I'd agree with what avboston said - but i could relate to your situation. I was also diagnosed in Sept 2009, despite having had it the 5 previous years, and I also experienced the most dramatic weight loss soon thereafter.
All I can say is that I've found CC can be a powerful tool for motivation and advice, and I can even believe some of the things it's inspired me to do that a few months ago I would have never thought possible (more calories, fear foods, and just being honest with myself).
I guess what I'm saying is don't loose hope. You ARE doing the right thing and are truly fighting for your health and your life. Continue on this path - if there's one thing I've found it's that periods are finicky bastards, and it may require more than we think to get them to show their bloody heads again (ha...ha...punny. ok, ew).
Thank you everyone for your responces, I did actually go and see a health professional at the Gynae department of both a private and an NHS hospital. The Consultant took my information into account and said that was my weight was acceptable for my height and that she didnt understand why i was not getting my period, i was discharged just over a week ago from care without follow up..
Go to a gynecologist.
There must be a hormonal or diet reason. Missing your period for extensive periods of time does have harmful effects to long term fertility. They might do a blood test or something to that effect. There has to be something wrong and this is not a problem to blow off.
After anorexia, you often have to gain to a higher weight than you were before to get your periods back. Your BMI is still very low for a recovering anorexic, at 18.4. This website recommends restoring weight up to at least BMI of 20 - I know how hard this is, as I personally have never been above 18.4 in my life either, but am having to accept that to return to a healthy body, and not relapse at least once a year, I have to go higher. If you search the forum posts on this subject you'll find the biology behind these recommendations - mainly to do with a hormone called leptin.
Consultants are very good at that their own small specialised aspect of your physiology, but most look blankly at you when you mention one outside their expertise, such as ED's. (My orthopaedic surgeon who was considering major knee surgery for me last year, actually said being at a BMI of 16 was a GOOD thing, as I would recover quicker with less weight to carry around... I've not had the operation!!) Technically your Gynae consultant is right to say your weight is JUST ok, but that doesn't take your recent history into account. I really would advise further gain as a first remedy.