Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, Missing periods & Hormonal Birth Control with Cynthia Donovan : Episode 213

by | Apr 12, 2023 | Cycle Signs + PMS, Periods, Well Woman Podcast | 0 comments

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Have you heard of hypothalamic amenorrhea? It’s the scientific diagnosis for when women have lost their period, many times because of over exercising and under eating. Some women may not even know they have hypothalamic amenorrhea if they are on hormonal birth control, because it does such a good job (unfortunately) of making us believe we have a real, natural cycle.

To talk more about this in today’s episode, I am joined by Cynthia Donovan, a registered dietitian with a focus on helping women get their cycle back. After years of being orthorexic and overexercising, Cynthia went off the birth control pill and realised that she didn’t have her natural cycle anymore. Today, Cynthia is passionate about helping women reverse their hypothalamic amenorrhea (lost period) and regain fertility.

Throughout this episode, Cynthia shares her story of losing her cycle, what exactly hypothalamic amenorrhea is, the common signs or symptoms of someone who has hypothalamic amenorrhea, what she recommends if you have been diagnosed with hypothalamic amenorrhea, her view on intermittent fasting, and so many more tips.


Meet Our Podcast Guest:

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Cynthia is a registered dietitian nutritionist that helps women get their periods back. She helps them reverse hypothalamic amenorrhea, restore their health, and regain fertility. Cynthia’s life purpose is to help women find balance with food and exercise. She has over 10 years of experience and founded the Eat to Regain Your Period Program in 2020. She’s helped 100’s of women across the world get their periods and life back. When she’s not serving women with period recovery you can find her having fun with the two loves of her life, her sons, Brian and Brayden.

Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, Missing periods & Hormonal Birth Control with Cynthia Donovan : Episode 213
In this episode we chat about:

      • Cynthia’s background and experience losing her cycle (4:40)
      • What is hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA)? (13:51)
      • Common symptoms or signs of someone with HA (17:03)
      • Cynthia’s view on intermittent fasting (36:53)
      • Recommendations if you’ve been diagnosed with HA (42:43)
      • What Cynthia wishes she knew when she began menstruating (57:56)


Connect with our Guest: 

Website: www.periodnutritionist.com
Instagram: @period.nutritionist
Tiktok: @period.nutritionist

Want to learn apply for Period Recovery Coaching with Cynthia? Follow this link; Period Recovery


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Until next time beautiful!
Get connected, listen to your body and remember; body confidence all begins with living in tune with your menstrual cycle.

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