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EdRecovery55

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Hello, I am new to the community and wanted some advice from someone who would understand what I’m going through because my mother is very unsupportive and I don’t have anyone to ask for help. I have been suffering with an ED for about a year and I decided to go all in about 3 weeks ago, due to the extreme hunger and the fact that I simply couldn’t go on any longer. I lost my period 2.5 years ago due to stress, while still being at a healthy weight, but then developed an eating disorder 1.5 years later, and my weight decreased to the lowest it’s ever been. I’ve put on a bit already and know I will continue to put on a lot as I listen to my extreme hunger, but I am fully committed now and there’s no way I’m going back. I was put on hormones (estrogen) in Autumn 2019 and took that for 4 months, then took some progesterone pills to induce a period but I was still underweight so it only lasted 2 cycles and then was gone again for 2 months. Then I started eating more and recovering and it came back for one cycle and since then I haven’t had it because I was restricting. Since then it has been 6 months. I am currently in the extreme hunger phase of my recovery. A couple weeks ago I went to a gynaecologist and she said I MUST take Femoston (estrogen and progesterone) for 3 months at least to get my period back otherwise it will never come back because she said my ovaries APPARENTLY aren’t fully developed that’s why I don’t have a period, but she said everything looked good on the ultrasound. I really don’t want to take the hormones as I want to get my period back naturally, and I just don’t believe that without the hormones I won’t ever get it back, because I’ve searched the entire internet and have read HUNDREDS of ED recovery stories and women get it back naturally even after 5-10 years of not having a period. I am fully committed to recovering and gaining as much weight as my body needs, whatever that number might be, and reducing my stress levels and starting acupuncture soon which I’ve read has helped so many women get their periods back. Basically, should I wait and see if I can get it back naturally or just take the hormones? I really don’t know what to do, but my gut is telling me to wait and try and get it back naturally.
 
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Only you know the answer to the question which I think you may have answered it yourself Good luck with whatever you decide
 
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I disagree with her on needing hormones. You'll get your period back as soon as you get enough body fat on you....and it might take a bit even after you get that body fat for things to get going.

Since you're extremely hungry all the time, I don't think you've reached enough body fat yet.
 
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