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I am a 19 year old in college. I ran varsity cross country all through high school. Now I do my own runs, ranging typically 4-8 miles, 5 or 6 days a week. I LOVE RUNNING! It is the one thing I am really good at, my times keep getting better and better. I feel better than ever while I am running. However, it has been 2 years since my last period...
I have undergone blood tests (I used to be anemic) and pregnancy tests, but no abnormalities with blood and I am not pregnant. The doctors have been trying hard to evaluate what could be causing this and it all points to running. I am 5'5 weighing about 121 pounds, BMI of 20.
Recently the doctor suggested to decrease/stop running (as much as I can without going crazy) due to exercise induced secondary amenhorrea. I realize this is probably best long term because of the risk of lowering my bone density…It's such a challenge, mentally especially! Who has been through this? Do I need to stop running completely, or just decrease miles/intensity? Any advice?