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Does eating more fat help menstrual cycles to return?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 07, 2012 at 1:33 PM

20-year old female, long-distance runner, 5'9", 145lbs, used to be about 125lbs. When I was 125lbs I didn't get my period. I avoided fat like the plague (had a slight eating disorder). Over this past year I've gained weight back (actually from going high carb and getting sick of restricting) but my period never returned. I just started Paleo about a month ago, eating more coconut oil and healthy animal fats and I just got my period today (august 7). I haven't had it in three years! Is this a result of a higher body fat? Or does simply eating more fats help menstrual cycles to start? I have had this extra fat on my body for about 7 months, and actually had a slight decrease in body fat percentage recently since going Paleo. So again, my question: does EATING more fat help the body have the menstrual cycle?

Body fat: 8%, low-calorie restricted diet, 125lbs, no menstrual cycle

Body fat: 13%, bingeing period, high-carb low fat, no menstrual cycle

Body fat: 12%, eating more "normally", begin eating Paleo, more fat, menstrual cycle returns

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at 04:55 PM

Hi. I have a similar history--well right now I am in the recovery phase and eating a lot... I have gained a lot of weight as well. How long did your body take to normalize at a healthy weight?

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on August 07, 2012
at 02:37 PM

http://www.dietdoctor.com/how-to-eat-to-get-pregnant

Also the sex hormones are made from cholesterol.

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on August 07, 2012
at 02:13 PM

its because of the higher cholesteral associated with the increased saturated fat, it improves your body's function. and feeds the hormones your body needs to regulate your menstral cycle

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on December 14, 2012
at 05:35 AM

I'm having a less extreme case of the same thing. I've been eating a relatively low-fat SAD for many years, and my period is usually 35 day cycle or so. I started paleo only 2 weeks ago, and my pms symptoms have started about 2 weeks early. That NEVER happens. The biggest thing that has changed, aside from no grains, is I am eating a lot more fat and my body feels like I've been deeply needing it.

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on August 07, 2012
at 04:23 PM

I can relate.

I've had an irregular menstrual cycle ever since I first got it when I was 12. I probably got it once every 6 months or sometimes longer than that. I had been eating SAD my entire life. But then I succumbed to an eating disorder as well, and my doctor told me that that most likely exacerbated my amenhorrea. I began recovering and eating well over 3000+ calories, not exercising, and gaining tons of weight.

Fast forward to today: I'm at a healthy weight, but it's been almost a year on high-fat Paleo and I only had a little bit of spotting for a few days back in January and I haven't had any other menstruation since then.

And the thing is, I'm at 19% BF. So in my case, no, eating high fat did not bring back my period. I think I'm the only girl in my group of friends that wants to get her period just so I can feel like there's nothing wrong with me.

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on August 07, 2012
at 04:55 PM

Hi. I have a similar history--well right now I am in the recovery phase and eating a lot... I have gained a lot of weight as well. How long did your body take to normalize at a healthy weight?

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