By  Jennifer Nevels, NMD

Engaging in regular exercise can alter cycle regularity in some girls.  Skipping of periods is a more common issue, but some stop cycling altogether.   If you feel like you are the only one in your group of friends that hasn’t had your period yet, exercise may be the culprit as well. Everyone’s body is different, which is why not everyone is affected by the same level of activity. There is no set criteria for what the body can expect to see from too much exercise, which is why you must pay attention and be your own detective.  For ex., ever since you started the new exercise routine or sporting team you have noticed changes in your cycle. If so then you should try dialing back the activity.

Eat more! Make sure you are eating the right foods as your body will require more.  Changes in the period can be associated with the hormones released by fat cells in response to a lowered body fat and weight.  Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as protein and good fats.  Some school and athletic schedules don’t allow enough time in between. Protein shakes can be helpful to fit in anywhere. Mix a good quality protein powder in with water and add some organic green powder for extra nutrients, shake and drink up! Another easy healthy snack is a handful of nuts and raisins.

This is information only – NOT medical advice