Okay so I eat a relatively low carb diet. >50 carbs each day. I hadn't gotten my period for nearly 4 months when i stumbled across this article http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-should-i-increase-carb-intake-for-weight-loss/ by Mark's Daily Apple about carb refeeding once a week if you eat low carb for boosting weight loss significantly (recommended for those who only want to lose a few more pounds but just can't seem to, despite low carb efforts), I tried it out a few days ago for the first time, eating around 150g of rice for carbs (which I hadn't done in a LONG time also not paleo I know but next week i'm going to experiment with potatoes too) and didn't feel much different. The very next day though I GOT MY PERIOD! I don't think this was a coincidence either considering it was the VERY next day when it had been so long since having it. I am really happy too because I'm now thinking the refeed once a week might regulate my cycle? I just thought this was crazy!! Is there really a relation to periods and carbs? Anyone else experience this out there?
asked byAmber_7 (748)
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on September 14, 2012
at 03:50 AM
I seriously doubt the refeed was the cause of your period...as generally the things that affect the timing of your period are going to be things that happen prior to ovulation. Once you ovulate, unless you are pregnant, you'll get your period with a consistent set of time (around 14 days, can vary from woman to woman but generally stays consistent for any particular woman). If you had said you did the refeed and got your period two weeks later, that would seem to make sense.
That's not to say that adding in carbs couldn't help regulate your cycle over time. Without knowing your general menu, I'd say to add carbs with things like fruit, nuts, tubers, etc. if you are interested in increasing carbs.
Was your cycle fairly regular prior to low carbing? Was this 4 month period an unsually stressful time for you? Or could you have been overtraining??
on September 14, 2012
at 03:07 AM
Carbs definitely have an effect on our hormones but not always the same one. I went super low carb and wound up with a 17 day period. Not fun! Wild yam cream sorted me out in the end though. I would have rather had your issue. :)
on September 09, 2014
at 12:50 AM
I'm going to remind others that Amber is a minor who is asking about what to do for weightloss and I'm concerned that her lack of periods in the first place. It is my understanding that the rules prohibit minors from getting diet and health advice here, but I don't see how to report this thread on the new format.
"I'm 16 and my cycle has never been regular."
"I've experimented a lot with fasting during my prime teenage years though, so I think maybe that's why my period has been irregular for so long."
As a mom of teenage girls, I worry about feeding the "eating disorder monster" in kids who don't talk to their parents and doctors about their health and diet concerns. I'd like to see Amber discuss this with her doctor, as the irregular periods could be related to over-exercise or PCOS.
on September 07, 2014
at 08:55 PM
I've not had my period for 4 months ether but i eat a lot of carbs, i haven't had less carbs nor am i on a diet or excersise so it could be anything... i've been taking multi-vitimins once or twice a week for the past couple of weeks now and suddenly out of no where my period has came... i'm confused too believe me... i don't know if i was low on iron or something else... or it was just my body being an idiot haha but i also have a lot of excessive hair growth so i may have an imbalance, i've had a lot of hair growth since puberty really. I'm 24 and i've read up so many cases of this happening, it could be for several reasons this happens not the food you eat or your diet, read up on it and several reasons could triggure non-ovulation, i would get a check-up especially when you haven't had your period for 4 months like me and i clearly do have a underlining problem.