Amenorrhoea is a condition where the monthly menses (periods) fails to appear. It can happen in girls or woman. Missing the odd period now and then is not considered to be amenorrhoea. There are 2 types of amenorrhoea – primary and secondary. Primary amenorrhoea is where a girl of 16 years or older has not as yet had a period. If a female who was previously menstruating fails to have 3 periods in a row then it is considered to be secondary amenorrhoea. Both primary and secondary amenorrhoea are not conditions on their own but a sign of some underlying condition. Amenorrhoea needs to be assessed by a gynaecologist.

Diet and Lifestyle

There are no specific dietary or lifestyle remedies for amenorrhoea. The treatment largely depends on the cause.

  • Ensure a normal body weight. Severely underweight females are more likely to suffer with amenorrhoea especially if they are suffering with anorexia.
  • Exercise is helpful in maintaining health but excessive exercise can alter the hormone levels and lead to amenorrhoea.
  • Avoid very strict or starvation diets as malnutrition can be a contributing factor.

Nutritional Supplements

  • Calcium and magnesium (to prevent bone weakening from hormone problems)
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • Vitamin D (for strong bones)

Herbal Remedies

Never use a herbal remedy if you are pregnant. One of the common causes of amenorrhoea is pregnancy although many women are unaware that they are pregnant. First consult with a doctor.

  • Black cohosh (Cimicfuga racemosa) – do not use blue cohosh unless prescribed by a complementary health practitioner.
  • Chaste tree (Vitex agnus castus)
  • Dong quai (Angelica sinensis)
  • Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris)
  • Liquorice (Glycorrhiza glabra)
  • Vervain (Verbena officinalis)

Homeopathic Remedies

  • Folliculinum
  • Graphites
  • Natrum muriaticum
  • Pulsatilla
  • Sepia officinalis