Episode 063: Welcome to another instalment of Real Health Radio. Today I’m joined by Nicola Rinaldi. Nicola has a PhD in computational biology from MIT. After graduating she worked for a biotechnology company while pursuing her dreams of a family, which were thwarted by a diagnosis of hypothalamic amenorrhea (no periods). Eighteen months of trying to conceive followed.
She spent hours on research, using the knowledge gained to work on recovery. Concurrently, she tried the medical route to pregnancy, with multiple doctor visits, injections, and ultrasounds resulting only in failure. Ultimately, she was able to achieve a natural pregnancy.
Since that time, Nicola has shared her knowledge of the path to recovery, helping hundreds of others achieve their dreams of womanhood and pregnancy. She has spent the last three years as a stay-at-home mom, with her three boys, while writing a comprehensive guide to recovery, a book called “No Period. Now What?”
Here’s what we talk about in this podcast episode:
5:20 From band geek to over exercising
7:45 She came off the pill but her period didn’t come back
11:55 What is hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA)?
16:40 What are the things that can cause HA?
21:05 Why HA is so often misdiagnosed
27:50 The importance of a regular cycle outside of reproduction
34:20 How stress can affect her cycle
38:00 Food suggestions for getting over HA
40:55 Exercise recommendations for recovering from HA
43:20 The mental part of recovering from HA
49:30 What is the pregnancy outcomes for those recovering from HA?
53:25 Full recovery versus pseudo recovery
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Chris Sandel is the founder of www.seven-health.com. He is a nutritionist, working with clients on a one-on-one basis, as well as creating online trainings and products about health and nutrition. He is the author of The Health Trap: Why "Healthy" Eating Isn't Always Healthy which is available on Amazon UK and Amazon USA.
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