Amenorrhoea

Amenorrhoea

Amenorrhoea is the absence of periods. This is a normal before puberty or during pregnancy and breastfeeding and after menopause; except these, absence of menstruation is called Amenorrhoea.
There are two types of Amenorrhoea – Primary – failure of first period by the age of 16 and secondary – temporary failure to get periods.

Causes

Eating disorders may cause nutritional deficiency which increases vata dosha that leads to Amenorrhoea. Other reasons may be aggressive physical athletic training, obesity, consuming antidepressants, prolonged use of contraceptives and other diseases like thyroid, Tuberculosis, diabetes, Anaemia and Chlorosis. Stress, anger, sorrow and other negative feelings and hormonal disorders affect the normal menstrual cycle.

Symptoms

  • Weight loss or gain
  • Changes in breast size
  • Change in normal menstrual cycle
  • Discharge from breast
  • Abnormal hair growth
  • Acne
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Voice changes

Ayurvedic perspective
Eating foods that are cold, light, dry or airy will increase vata dosha. Vegetables and fruits such as cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, beans and mushrooms also increase vata dosha. This increase in vata and kapha dosha causes blockage of artavavahi srota leading to Amenorrhoea.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • A diet that is easy to digest is recommended.
  • Include garlic, onion, nuts and ginger and spices like black pepper, cardamom, fennel, clove and soya seeds into the food. Herbal tea is recommended.
  • Milk and milk products can be consumed except yogurt.
  • Avoid foods that are excessively cold, light, dry or airy.
  • Avoid fried foods, heavy creams and puddings.
  • Stress and tension should be avoided.
  • Avoid excessive intercourse.
  • Avoid using contraceptives.
  • Follow an active lifestyle with controlled exercising.
  • Smoking, drinking alcohol and narcotics enhance the issue.