Lack of menstruation is referred to medically as Amenorrhea and has a number of causes and potential health implications. By far the most common cause for missed periods is pregnancy. However, sometimes the regular cycle of ovulation has an unexplained blip and stops for a month, before returning to normal fairly quickly for no real reason. Significant weight loss is often to blame for more long-term absence of periods, and times of severe emotional stress can also trigger a hormonal imbalance that can cause ovulation to stop suddenly.
If your periods have stopped for three months or more, and there is no chance you could be pregnant, it could be the symptom of an underlying health issue or hormonal imbalance that needs to be addressed. Hormonal problems caused by changes in the thyroid, an increase in production of the prolactin hormone, or by undiagnosed presence of Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome – a common hormonal imbalance that affects approximately 1 in 10 women of reproductive age –often go undetected and are frequently at the root of missed periods.
Although treatment for absence of periods varies depending on the cause, often things as simple as eating a healthier diet and reducing stress can solve the problem. Your doctor may recommend taking some form of hormone replacement therapy to regulate your hormones. Many women find that taking Curcuma Comosa, a herb native to many Asian countries, can help resolve the problem in a relatively short space of time. The plant is thought to have an estrogenic effect, which means it helps the body maintain healthy levels of the female hormone estrogen and encourages regular menstruation. A study carried out by the prestigious Mahidol University in Bangkok has suggested that Curcuma Comosa could function as an effective and more natural alternative to conventional Hormone Replacement Therapy, which can produce unpleasant side-effects in some women.