Phit for a Queen: A Female Athlete Podcast

No Period Now What?

October 20, 2017

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Dr. Nicola Rinaldi

No Period Now What?

Nicola has a PhD in computational biology Image courtesy 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 period). 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, Antony, Timmy, and Cameron, while writing this comprehensive guide to recovery.

 

Dr. Nicola Rinaldi “No Period Now What?”  She answers just that on  PHIT for a Queen podcast:

  1. Function Hypothalamic amenorrhea (FHA) resulted in infertility
  2. My body doesn’t care how I look!
  3. NPNW generated from participation on a support board for FHA
  4. Median time to recovery is 6 months regardless of longevity of FHA

 

5 factors that contribute to FHA:

  • Eating- hormones release telling the body how much we have eaten or what we have eaten.
  • Weight & weight loss- 82% of respondents had lost more than 10# at some point in their journey.
  • Regardless of weight the body views weight loss as a stressor
  • Exercise- burns energy and releases hormones that are part of stress response
  • High intensity has more impact on stressor hormones
  • Psychological stress “anxiety”-  clean eating & tracking your food can be a form of stress.
  • Genetics- what is the best way for “us”

Where you can find Dr. Rinaldi:

http:www.noperiodnowwhat.com

Buy the book: http://www.noperiodnowwhat.com/book/products

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So you know she is legit:

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.

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