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any ladies out there suffering/suffered from post pill amenorrhea?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM

This is for the ladies out here in Paleo world! Anyone else here experience post pill amenorrhea which was cured by going Paleo/Primal? I'm happy to say i was suffering from this diagnosis for over 2 years and 2 months on the Paleo diet seemed to do the trick! So i was wondering if anyone else had the same experience?

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on March 12, 2012
at 12:36 PM

I was really only interested in post pill because it was what i am suffering/suffered from. I also hear that intense exercise can work against you in this case. I have also eased up on the training.

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i also heard it may take 6 or 7 years to get back to normal. I was on the pill for 5 years and in the past 2 years ive only gotten my period 3 times. My gyno tried to get me to take progesterone but i didn't want to because the whole reason why i stopped taking the pill in the first place was to stop injecting hormones into my body! I also used to be on a very low fat diet. Now i am eating a lot of healthy fats and i am wondering if this has anything to do with the return of my cycle. I"m hoping this time it sticks....

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on March 12, 2012
at 02:20 AM

@Sile - My doc gave me 10 mg/day for ten days in the hopes of restarting everything. So far nothings happened. Glad to hear I am not the only one dealing with this...sounds like it may just take awhile to get back into the swing of things after I've been on the pill for so long, so I'll just wait it out.

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on March 11, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Remember there are 2 kinds of PCOS, one of which is related to insulin resistance. If this is your case, low-carb Paleo will help within about 4-6 months. If that's not your cause, then you have to go the other way, and take the hormones. As for post-pill, dude, it can 6 months to get normal. When I stopped 4 years ago (Yaz), it took me 7 months. The pill makes a lot of us gain weight uncontrollably, no matter what kind. LeSigh.

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on March 11, 2012
at 04:07 AM

Hey Laura, how much progesterone were/are you taking? I have the same problem...went off the pill when I started paleo, and haven't had a period since (its been about 3 years) although supposedly my hormones are "normal", which obviously isn't the case. I'm eating more whole foods/ray peat style now, and feeling much better...so we'll see if it comes back. I have Progest-E progesterone supplement, but I've only been taking a very little bit.

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on March 11, 2012
at 01:45 AM

Wow, same problem here. I was worried about this and asked a few women the same question and told me they also have skipped their cycles after being paleo. I started Paleo around Dec, stopped bc at the beginning of Jan, and haven't had a cycle since.

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I've got the same problem. The success stories of women with PCOS (which I suffer from) on paleo convinced me to try to get off the pill (which I dislike for the same reasons as you) and see if I can control it through diet, but no such luck. Good luck with the progesterone!

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on March 11, 2012
at 12:25 AM

Sadly, I am experiencing the total opposite. I went off the pill back in September after being on it for almost 9 years. Its been almost 6 months and I am am still amenorrheic. I've been paleo/primal since june 2011, averaging about 80-85% compliance. The whole point of stopping the pill for me was that I was sick of putting artificial hormones in my body. My doctor just put me on progesterone to see if that will kick start things and to rule out any other complications. Hoping this works, but if not, hoping people can give me some advice as to what else I can try!

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on March 11, 2012
at 12:42 AM

I've got the same problem. The success stories of women with PCOS (which I suffer from) on paleo convinced me to try to get off the pill (which I dislike for the same reasons as you) and see if I can control it through diet, but no such luck. Good luck with the progesterone!

E69cdc23a8d09c3bc46a16695276f42b

(123)

on March 11, 2012
at 04:07 AM

Hey Laura, how much progesterone were/are you taking? I have the same problem...went off the pill when I started paleo, and haven't had a period since (its been about 3 years) although supposedly my hormones are "normal", which obviously isn't the case. I'm eating more whole foods/ray peat style now, and feeling much better...so we'll see if it comes back. I have Progest-E progesterone supplement, but I've only been taking a very little bit.

80890193d74240cab6dda920665bfb6c

(1528)

on March 11, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Remember there are 2 kinds of PCOS, one of which is related to insulin resistance. If this is your case, low-carb Paleo will help within about 4-6 months. If that's not your cause, then you have to go the other way, and take the hormones. As for post-pill, dude, it can 6 months to get normal. When I stopped 4 years ago (Yaz), it took me 7 months. The pill makes a lot of us gain weight uncontrollably, no matter what kind. LeSigh.

5e6a6f5c0fd3ab048f81c0a500206f41

(956)

on March 12, 2012
at 02:20 AM

@Sile - My doc gave me 10 mg/day for ten days in the hopes of restarting everything. So far nothings happened. Glad to hear I am not the only one dealing with this...sounds like it may just take awhile to get back into the swing of things after I've been on the pill for so long, so I'll just wait it out.

30082ec1256954012471d4372b78335f

(45)

on March 12, 2012
at 12:35 PM

i also heard it may take 6 or 7 years to get back to normal. I was on the pill for 5 years and in the past 2 years ive only gotten my period 3 times. My gyno tried to get me to take progesterone but i didn't want to because the whole reason why i stopped taking the pill in the first place was to stop injecting hormones into my body! I also used to be on a very low fat diet. Now i am eating a lot of healthy fats and i am wondering if this has anything to do with the return of my cycle. I"m hoping this time it sticks....

15480ad0efe9168bc518967b9a2e240d

(608)

on March 11, 2012
at 01:45 AM

Wow, same problem here. I was worried about this and asked a few women the same question and told me they also have skipped their cycles after being paleo. I started Paleo around Dec, stopped bc at the beginning of Jan, and haven't had a cycle since.

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on March 11, 2012
at 02:17 AM

Have you looked at other posts on this board for secondary amenorrhea or are you only interested in post pill? I only ask because I have to wonder if eating too clean is the culprit. It was for me. I had HA for 10 years and have finally dug myself out with some crappy food (not a lot) and less intense training.

30082ec1256954012471d4372b78335f

(45)

on March 12, 2012
at 12:36 PM

I was really only interested in post pill because it was what i am suffering/suffered from. I also hear that intense exercise can work against you in this case. I have also eased up on the training.

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on March 11, 2012
at 01:06 AM

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