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Seemingly random amenorrhea?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 06, 2012 at 2:29 AM

So here's my dilemma. I've been paleo for about a year now. My periods have been regular since I started menstruating (not like clockwork, but I get 12/year one way or another). I'm 21, 5'7" and 160 lbs. For some reason I've missed my last two periods. At first I thought I might be pregnant, so about two weeks after my first missed period I had some blood work done. Verdict: not pregnant. I've also taken about ten HPT's just to be sure. All negative. So I'm 95% sure that's not what's going on...

It seems that amenorrhea is most common in women with a low BF%. I assure you, lack of body fat is not my issue. I have lost quite a lot of weight (about 60 lbs) but it was done over a period of 18 months. I'm unsure of how many calories I take in every day... probably anywhere from 1500 - 2500; it all depends on how I feel. I don't exercise excessively, never had an eating disorder (except for perhaps loving chocolate too much), I'm not stressed, I did do some experimentation in March that involved eating all meat, fat, and offal for a week and then gradually introducing foods back into my diet. More recently I did the 21DSD. It occurred to me that going low carb for a few weeks may have caused my period to be MIA, but that doesn't seem right to me. I've gone low carb before with no issues.

Perhaps ovarian cysts? I've considered PCOS, but aside from missed periods, I have no symptoms. When I had the blood work done they also checked my hormones; apparently everything is normal. Sometimes I'll get light-moderate cramps for short periods of time and THINK it's starting, but nothin'.

I'll be making an appointment with my doctor within the week, I just have to ask you guys - where the hell do you think my period went?? Any suggestions?

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on June 06, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Very interesting article. I do IF on occasion; usually not on purpose. Sometimes I'll get out of tune with my hunger signals if I snack too much, so I'll make it a point to not eat anything until I'm physically hungry again. That can take anywhere from 9 to 24 hours.

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at 01:37 PM

I take 5000 IU of vit D3 on days I don't go outside, and occasionally I'll supplement with some fish oil.

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on June 06, 2012
at 05:32 AM

I had an issue I think was caused by a supplement http://paleohacks.com/questions/90372/multiple-ovarian-cysts-while-eating-a-low-carb-paleo-diet#axzz1wvTkUGge

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on June 06, 2012
at 05:31 AM

are you taking any supplements?

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on June 06, 2012
at 04:53 AM

No, I never kept tabs on my ovulation cycles. I would like to start though! This whole experience is leaving me feeling like I don't know my own body as well as I'd like to. I wasn't ALWAYS a higher weight before paleo, but I did spend a lot of my childhood being pudgy. For a few years in high school I "grew into" my weight, but proceeded to struggle w/depression and anxiety and pack even more on. I wouldn't be surprised if my body has a higher "set point" so to speak. I did recently reach a milestone of finally dropping below 160 lbs (I'm around 158 at the moment) after a long ass plateau.

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on June 06, 2012
at 03:03 AM

I get amennorhea when I go too low cal or if I drop below 125 pounds and 30% bodyfat on my 5.4 frame. This is because I've weighed 150 pounds and had 30%+ bodyfat for most of my adult life and my body doesn't like being lower than that. Low carb also causes it for me. Everyone's body is different and their hormones freak out at different things.

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on June 06, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Will be keen to see what everyone says as I am stumped on this one! Do you know if you are ovulating or not? By taking your temps every morning and monitoring cervical mucus/cervix position? Even though you lost weight slowly, this could also cause some disruptions in your cycle too. Were you always a higher weight before paleo? Your body might not be used to this new weight reduced state.

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on June 06, 2012
at 05:08 AM

Paleo cured my amenorrhea, which I developed from low-fat, low-cal disordered eating for 4 months. When I had amenorrhea, my BMI and body fat values were normal. It's highly individual. Your body may think it has lost too much weight, or you are not eating enough (especially fats) even though your numbers fall within the normal range. My period returned when I gained little weight (7 lbs) on Paleo. Try to up your calorie intake from healthy fat/carb sources and gain a few more pounds and see if your period returns. If your amenorrhea continues for three consecutive months, visit your doctor.

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at 02:52 PM

Very interesting article. I do IF on occasion; usually not on purpose. Sometimes I'll get out of tune with my hunger signals if I snack too much, so I'll make it a point to not eat anything until I'm physically hungry again. That can take anywhere from 9 to 24 hours.

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