Bulimia can inhibit healthy reproduction.

Women with bulimia often experience missed periods. Bulimia can have lasting effects on reproduction even when your menstrual cycle goes back to normal. The danger is even greater for women who get pregnant during episodes of “active” bulimia. Consequences can include: miscarriage stillbirth gestational diabetes high blood pressure during pregnancy breech baby and subsequent cesarean…

Antidepressants may help.

Antidepressants have the potential to improve bulimic symptoms in people who also have depression. According to the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Prozac (fluoxetine) is the only FDA-approved medication for bulimia. It has been found to help prevent binges and purges.

It’s a lifelong battle.

Bulimia is treatable, but symptoms often come back without warning. According to ANAD, only 1 out of 10 people seek treatment for eating disorders. For the best chance at recovery, identify your underlying cues and warning signs. For example, if depression is your trigger, then pursue regular mental health treatments. Seeking treatment can help prevent relapses in…

Outlook

The real solution for long-term weight maintenance is a sensible diet and exercise plan. Bulimia ultimately disrupts normal weight maintenance, which sets up the body for greater challenges as the eating disorder progresses. Working to develop a healthy body image and lifestyle is a must. See a doctor right away if you or a loved…