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Ovulation and Depression

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 20, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Warning: TMI

Alright. So this has happened every month since I started menstruating with regularity after three or four years being too obese to do so. Not bleeding for 2-3 weeks straight is awesome. But now I get this crazy depression that happens two times during my cycle: at ovulation and TOM. It's driving me insane, does anyone have any idea why this is happening? I feel like paleo should fix this. Maybe I'm being unfair.

Stats: female, 24 years old, 5'7", previously 255 lbs now ~160. Menstruating almost 28 days on the dot for the past six months. Had pcos (symptoms are now in remission) and endo (again, in remission) No diabetes as far as I'm aware. Eating paleo 80/20 since October 2012, strictly no beans and grains (except white rice) as of April. Yes on dairy, including half and half. Yes on added sugar, about 2 tsp a day. When I'm not on my ovulation or TOM I don't get depressed after my non-paleo 'treat,' so I'm not accusing that of being the problem (though I won't deny it might not help)

Appreciate any hormonal wisdom or links... or otherwise. Thanks.

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on November 12, 2013
at 02:14 AM

5 months later, I've found that if I keep my carbs closer to 100 grams I'm not swinging as much emotionally. We've continued the epsom salt baths and they do help, so I bet magnesium was an issue, too! Thanks so much, Dragonfly.

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on June 20, 2013
at 02:04 AM

Cool. Thanks for all of this :)

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on June 20, 2013
at 02:03 AM

The D3 I take is Carlsons Solar D Gems. Cheap on Amazon.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on June 20, 2013
at 02:02 AM

It will take a lot longer than that to see a change! Minerals like magnesium are largely stored in our bones. Do the bats, but by all means get a supplement as soon as you can.

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on June 20, 2013
at 01:59 AM

Thanks for all of the info, and the congratulations! I feel great, other than these two times out of my month. And yes, re: magnesium deficiency. That's why I got the epsom salt... maybe I should give it a couple more baths to see a difference?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on June 20, 2013
at 01:47 AM

Oh, forgot to say that most folk are Magnesium deficient.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on June 20, 2013
at 01:47 AM

And congrats on the weight loss and all your great changes!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on June 20, 2013
at 01:45 AM

You can order a D3 test kit on the Vitamin D Council website for $70, or Direct Labs has a $39 D3 test special this month, if you live near one of their labs.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on June 20, 2013
at 01:44 AM

Get one now. It is so worth it! Try 400 mg Magnesium Glycinate before bed. All these dietary changes take time. You need to allow 3-6 months for hormonal shifts.

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on June 20, 2013
at 01:37 AM

I need to get a blood test at some point, which I'll do when I'm down 100 lbs. Or that was the plan, anyway. I walk for 2.5 hours in the sun every day (well, every day it's sunny anyway) so I was hoping it wasn't a vit. D thing, but I could easily be wrong. As to magnesium, I've always wondered if I'm low on that and so did my first epsom salt bath yesterday... didn't feel much different from it. I will keep an eye on those other vitamins, thanks for the heads up. I do love me some good heavy cream and grassfed butter :D

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on June 20, 2013
at 01:29 AM

Sounds like it could be estrogen dominance. You are supposed to have higher estrogen at those times, but if you have too much, it could be an issue.

How is your D3 blood level? D3 is a hormone precursor and I have had good success with myself and my clients in balancing hormones by optimizing the D3 level.

Adequate Magnesium, A and K2 are all needed as cofactors for D3. So, liver, cheese, and seafood and/or supplements.

Medium avatar

(1097)

on June 20, 2013
at 02:04 AM

Cool. Thanks for all of this :)

Medium avatar

(1097)

on June 20, 2013
at 01:37 AM

I need to get a blood test at some point, which I'll do when I'm down 100 lbs. Or that was the plan, anyway. I walk for 2.5 hours in the sun every day (well, every day it's sunny anyway) so I was hoping it wasn't a vit. D thing, but I could easily be wrong. As to magnesium, I've always wondered if I'm low on that and so did my first epsom salt bath yesterday... didn't feel much different from it. I will keep an eye on those other vitamins, thanks for the heads up. I do love me some good heavy cream and grassfed butter :D

Medium avatar

(1097)

on June 20, 2013
at 01:59 AM

Thanks for all of the info, and the congratulations! I feel great, other than these two times out of my month. And yes, re: magnesium deficiency. That's why I got the epsom salt... maybe I should give it a couple more baths to see a difference?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on June 20, 2013
at 01:47 AM

Oh, forgot to say that most folk are Magnesium deficient.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on June 20, 2013
at 02:03 AM

The D3 I take is Carlsons Solar D Gems. Cheap on Amazon.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on June 20, 2013
at 01:47 AM

And congrats on the weight loss and all your great changes!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on June 20, 2013
at 01:44 AM

Get one now. It is so worth it! Try 400 mg Magnesium Glycinate before bed. All these dietary changes take time. You need to allow 3-6 months for hormonal shifts.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on June 20, 2013
at 02:02 AM

It will take a lot longer than that to see a change! Minerals like magnesium are largely stored in our bones. Do the bats, but by all means get a supplement as soon as you can.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on June 20, 2013
at 01:45 AM

You can order a D3 test kit on the Vitamin D Council website for $70, or Direct Labs has a $39 D3 test special this month, if you live near one of their labs.

Medium avatar

(1097)

on November 12, 2013
at 02:14 AM

5 months later, I've found that if I keep my carbs closer to 100 grams I'm not swinging as much emotionally. We've continued the epsom salt baths and they do help, so I bet magnesium was an issue, too! Thanks so much, Dragonfly.

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