In this episode, Dr Nicola Rinaldi debunks 11 myths associated with HA diagnosis.

1 - You can only lose your period if you are underweight / if you have an ED -MYTH

2 - BCP or Provera can "kickstart" ("normalize") your cycles - MYTH
More on this via

3 - You can't have HA if your hormonal levels are "normal"- MORE NUANCE NEEDED

4 - (in ED recovery) If you are "weight restored" (have a BMI of 19), it's fine not to have a period - you are recovered- MYTH
Find a list of HAES ED practitioners here and CBT for ED practitioners here 

5 - Gaining weight won't help you get your period back - MORE NUANCE NEEDED

6 - If you don't "control" your weight, you'll keep on gaining - MORE NUANCE NEEDED
More about the set point weight theory here

7 - Exercise is a good thing. You can't have too much of it.- MYTH
More on exercise and HA recovery here

8 - If you are not an elite athlete, exercise can't be the reason you don't have periods - MYTH

9 - Doctors can diagnose HA on your looks / weight / estrogen levels (what are the real hormones we need to diagnose + AMH) - MYTH

10 - It can take up to a year to get periods after coming off birth control - MYTH
90% of menstruators will ovulate within 30 days of coming off BC, another 5% take 90 days, the rest need to be investigated for underlying issues. More on this here

11- "Clean" eating is what will bring your fertility back (or cure PCOS) - MYTH
Listen to episode 5 on dieting efficiency for insulin resistance

To find support in your HA recovery:
Get the "No Period. Now What?" book at
To make an appointment with Dr Rinaldi and get individual support to get your period back or improve your fertility, please go to
To make an appointment with Florence Gillet and get help with the body and mind changes happening in recovery please visit

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Editing by Steven Worlow
Original Music by the Andy Shulman Band "Lost & Found" available on Spotify.

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