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?
asked byMcSlothy (290)
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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.
on June 06, 2012
at 05:13 AM
Are you Intermittent Fasting, or did you to lose the weight?