What is Hypothalamic Amenorrhea?
Hypothalamic amenorrhea is a condition when the menstrual cycle and ovulation is disrupted due to the hypothalamus not working properly.
What Causes Hypothalamic Amenorrhea?
The hypothalamus is responsible for producing the hormone that triggers the start of the menstrual cycle.
Your hypothalamus is the part of your brain that regulates sleep, hunger, body temperature, and your menstrual cycle. Women with hypothalamic amenorrhea may be severely restricting their caloric intake, exercising more than two to three hours a day, or under major psychological stress. Hypothalamic amenorrhea is also seen in athletes and other women low body mass index (BMI).
When your brain doesn’t get proper nutrients, your brain to pulse the hormones that govern follicle ripening and release of eggs.
Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Symptoms
Symptoms of hypothalamic amenorrhea include:
- Missed period(s) or very light bleeding during menstruation
- Low libido
- Feeling cold often
- Depression and anxiety
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increased hunger
- Low energy
Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Treatment
This may involve increasing weight and BMI, reducing stress, and exercising less.