Your menstrual cycle is a barometer for your health.
Not getting your period or having irregular periods is not normal. Certain medications and birth control can cause your period to go missing or become irregular - but if you are not taking medications, your period can tell you a whole lot about your health. Your menstrual cycle indicates how well your ovaries are doing their job of producing your hormones estrogen and progesterone. Getting a natural period is an indicator that hormones are working and your body is getting everything it needs to function properly.
Also important to note - if you are taking hormonal birth control, when you bleed that is not a real period. Instead it's what we call a "withdrawal bleed" and that happens because you stop taking the hormone pills and begin taking the placebo or "sugar" pills.
Why is getting your period important?
Possible effects of not getting your period and/or having irregular periods...
low sex drive
skin flare ups
weak nails or dry skin
Long term effects of not getting your natural period include...
decreased bone health which can lead to osteopenia and osteoporosis
heart and vascular problems leading to cardiovascular disease
possible neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders
Sounds a little scary, right? Well before you go down a rabbit hole of emotional distress, know there is HOPE. Much of this is reversible with the restoration of your period. That's good news!
When your body is stressed, the first thing it does to survive is shut down your reproductive system. It makes sense. You don't need your fertility to survive and if the body senses danger, there's no way it's going to make a baby. From a biological standpoint, this is genius! Your body knows to spend the energy and nutrients that are coming in on necessary, vital things like keeping your organs working and brain functioning.
Not getting your natural period or having irregular periods tells you something is going on with you body and you need to pay attention. It's your body's way of saying, we're stressed out!
If you want to avoid the long and short term health effects mentioned above, you have to make sure your body is cared for so your hormones are healthy and functioning like they should. Whether you want to have children one day or not, getting a regular, natural menstrual cycle is essential for long term health. If you only get a "period" when taking birth control or other hormonal replacement, that's concerning and needs to be addressed,
Birth control is not the solution.
It's a band aid. Birth control is for contraception, but if taken for other reasons it more often than not masks symptoms of what's really happening in your body.
Restoring your natural menstrual cycle is not rocket science, but it does require finding the root cause and then healing the actual problem with the right solutions. You don't have to waste your time or money on a slew of supplements and alternative therapies, this is about getting back to basics and truly healing your body from the inside out.
Who is this course for?
Any woman who has been told not getting a period or having irregular periods is normal.
Any woman wanting to stop hormonal birth control and get a natural period.
Any woman wanting to heal her hormones without diets or rules or protocols.
Any woman not getting a regular period who wants to get pregnant now or in the future.
Any woman who experiences PMS that negatively impacts her daily life.
Any woman who feels like her sex drive is nonexistent all the time.
Any woman who has been told the solution to her missing period is birth control.
Any woman diagnosed with hypothalamic amenorrhea.
Any woman recovering from an eating disorder who hasn't gotten a natural period back (only if you're already working with a treatment team.)
Any health professional or anyone else interested in learning more about women's health and hormonal health through an Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size lens.
What can you expect once you purchase the course?
You will be equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to:
Get a natural, regular period back naturally, no medications or supplements neccessary.
Heal your hormones with lifestyle changes - not diets or cleanses or detoxes or protocols..
Decrease PMS symptoms so you can carry on with your normal life, even on your period.
Make peace with food and your natural body size.
Learn to exercise in a healthy way for your body - no rules or programs involved.
Cultivate compassionate self care that leads to long term health.
You will learn...
How your body and reproductive system work. What's normal and what's not normal.
The cause of your missing period, irregular period and PMS.
Lifestyle factors affecting your hormones and period.
How to work with your health care provider to get a correct diagnosis for your symptoms.
Realistic guidelines for healing your hormones and getting your period back.
There is no medicine cabinet of supplements, no stressful protocols or 1-2-3 instructions. This is about progressive, small, and realistic lifestyle changes to help YOU truly heal yourself - physically, mentally and emotionally.
Learn to nourish your body with appropriate nutrients and energy.
Move in a way that feels good for your mind and body.
Develop self care tools so you can manage your busy life and decrease stress and anxiety in a healthy way.
Cultivate healthy body image - which means building a fulfilling life outside of your body size.
And support long term reproductive health and fertility.
This is about much more than just getting your period back. This is about finding peace with your body, peace with food, peace with exercise and discovering the purposeful life you were created to live.
What's included in the course?
5 video modules (almost 5 hours) to watch at your own pace
Audio files so you can take the material on the go and listen anytime
Handouts to help you process and work through your healing journey
Handouts to help you cultivate healthy body image and self care
3 levels of eating guidelines to fit your individual needs and help you eventually transition to intuitive eating
Recommended resources to support further learning and encouragement as you build a truly healthy, non diet life
30 minute live Q&As every week [Thursdays at 6pm EST] with Robyn so you can ask your questions and get direct answers - don't worry, the Q&A videos will be posted afterward too!
Lifetime access to all materials and videos and future updates
Discounts on private 1:1 counseling with dietitians and practitioners at Real Life Women's Health
Private access to the Facebook community group for support and encouragement
I've walked my own journey with getting my natural period back, healing my hormones finding peace with my body, food and exercise and I'm excited to help you do the same.
It is never too late.
This is the same work I do with clients 1 on 1 over several sessions - over a $1600 value - that I've complied into this self paced course for you.
I stumbled upon Robyn’s blog prior to my wedding in 2014, it was the first time I really absorbed that not having my cycle wasn’t normal, and that my body was communicating with me that something wasn’t right. Working with Robyn, I immediately felt validated, empowered, and truly cared for. I trusted her implicitly, and even though I was terrified, I followed her recommendations. She was there to provide heartfelt encouragement and accountability on the tough days, and she was the loudest one in the cheering section for my recovery. Approximately a month after working with Robyn, my period returned. Not only did it return, but I continued to have my cycle like clockwork every month. I was also amazed at the quantity of food my body needed to function optimally yet was still able to settle in a healthy weight range for my body. For the first time in a long time, I was happy in my skin. I am delighted to report that my husband and I welcomed a baby girl into the world in October. I thought I would never become a mother. I’m so thankful I followed my instinct the day the day that I reached out. Sarah
Robyn was such a godsend in my life starting back in 2013. My period was never regular, not ever. A combination of PCOS and restrictive eating left my hormones and metabolism broken and unreliable. After a decade of this, I was fed up. I finally reached out to Robyn. She taught me new ways of living and provided a lot of resources for making healthy and appropriate food choices/habits to nourish and heal my body. To quote her, food rules and food freedom cannot coexist, and food rules were controlling me. Within four months of giving myself freedom to eat, my menstrual cycle dropped from 50+ days to 28-30 days. I felt better in my body. My mind was free of food guilt and obsessive thoughts. Robyn has been available any time and every time I have questions or need advice. I have gained SO much knowledge from her about my body and how to take care of it. I will forever be grateful for her <3 - Rebecca
We'll do the same work I do 1 on 1 with clients as I walk side by side with you through this e-course. It's over a $1600 value - now available to you for much less. And you can take this course anywhere, at any time. It's yours for life. Let's begin!
As someone who has walked her own health journey with disordered eating, amenorrhea and hypothyroidism, Robyn has dedicated her career to counseling, mentoring, and teaching in the field of women's health and eating disorders.
She is a non-diet Registered Dietitian, Registered Nurse and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition to her group private practice, blog and clinical NP position, Robyn launched an online learning center in 2017 to both educate other practitioners and empower women to advocate for their own health and healing.
In both her RD and NP practice, Robyn works through the Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size framework. She is a member of and involved in several women's health and eating disorder organizations including IAEDP, Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, and the National Eating Disorder Association.
I've been in your shoes, going from doctor to doctor and getting zero answers for my missing period. Every doctor telling me, "You're fine. Don't worry about it." In reality, I wasn't fine. The solution to my missing period wasn't birth control or other medications. The solution was learning to take care of my body - physically, mentally and emotionally - and learning what my body needed.
So that's what I did. I dug into the research and learned how to care for myself. And in the process I healed my relationship with my body, found peace with food and rediscovered joyful movement and a meaningful life. I can't wait to help you do the same.
Looking forward to walking alongside you,