Your menstrual cycle can tell you a lot about your health.
Not getting your period at all or having irregular periods is not normal. And it shouldn't be overlooked.
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 tells you if your hormones estrogen, progesterone, LH and FSH are working like they should. While your period is not the end all be all of your health, a normal period is a strong indicator that your body is getting everything it needs for your reproductive system to healthily function.
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.
Signs of not getting your period or having irregular periods:
low sex drive
skin flare ups
weak nails or dry skin
Possible long term effects of not getting your period:
decreased bone health which can lead to osteopenia and osteoporosis
heart and vascular problems leading to cardiovascular disease
possible neurodegenerative disorders
infertility or difficulty conceiving
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!
If your body isn’t getting enough energy & nutrients to support your own needs, one of the primary ways it compensates is by shutting down your reproductive system. This makes sense. Your reproductive system isn't essential for life. And without the resources to support your own health, your body certainly isn't going to think it’s in a healthy state to grow a baby. Instead your body is going to use the energy and nutrients it does have for vital functions like your brain, heart and body temperature.
Not getting your natural period or having irregular periods isn't something to shrug off. Rather, this is your body telling you something is going on and you need to pay attention. So instead of ignoring your body, it's important to listen.
And by listening, you can avoid health consequences like poor bone health and the side effects listed above, You have to make sure your body is cared for so your hormones and reproductive system are working like they should. And this matters 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 isn't complicated. It also doesn't require a bunch of supplements, or a step by step protocol. That actually might cause more stress. What is does require is figuring out 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 bunch 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 taking 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 support 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 group 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 can’t express how much your effort that goes into the course helped me. It was the day of my bridal shower, when I looked at my fiancé and I said “oh my gosh. I just started my period I know it.” The joy and gratitude that I felt after starting my period was undeniably, such an incredible feeling. All thanks to your program and the heal your hormones course. After not having my period more than a year I finally started my period and I cannot be more thankful. Seriously, I thank God for finding you. Once again thank you for all that you put into the course. I cannot express how excited I am. - L. W.
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
In the beginning, I was very resistant to making these changes (blame the deeply ingrained diet culture), but I am so glad that I finally had the courage to go “all in,” and follow Robyn's recommendations because it has already brought results. It feels so good to be menstruating again! And I will continue to do what I need to for my body, even though it’s definitely not easy. I have found the modules so helpful and encouraging in this journey. Thank you so much sharing your time and wisdom with us when almost everything else around us is sending the wrong message and most healthcare professionals don’t care to figure out and treat the underlying cause So, thank you! You’re doing such valuable, and much needed, work. - L.N
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!
Robyn has walked her own health journey with disordered eating, amenorrhea and hypothyroidism. Her own story has been the catalyst to her career focused on counseling, nursing, mentoring, and teaching in the field of women's health and eating disorders.
As a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Registered Dietitian, Robyn specializes in hormone & reproductive health along with eating disorders and disordered eating. She uses a weight inclusive and non diet approach and firmly believes health goes far beyond your plate and exercise routine. Alongside her her private practice, blog and inpatient 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 the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, and the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians.
When she's not working with women or behind the screen, she enjoys exploring Boston with her husband, being outside, traveling despite her fear of flying, cooking new recipes, hosting others in her home and exploring the food scene wherever she might be.
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,