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Amenorrhea, bloating and constipation

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 18, 2011 at 3:25 AM

I have gone paleo for about 3 months now. I occasionally cheat on dark chocolate and have been eating quite a bit of fruit (about 4 servings a day) in addition to about 3 servings of veggies. All was good - constipation and bloating gone, energy back, etc.

Two months ago I started my new job, got really stressed out. Lost weight, and amenorrhea, bloating and constipation kicked in. I felt very gassy after meals. Probiotics stepped in - I eat sauerkraut/kimchi with my meals now but I still feel a little gassy. I started out paleo going low-fat but have been increasing fat for the past month. I have also tried going VLC but constipation kicked in, so I'm back to eating my veggies and fruits. Still, my digestion is not quite going right and my missed periods are worrying me. I have consciously gotten a better grip with my stressors and have been working on getting more rest and strength exercise.

What else should I do? Any recommendations? Should I resort to digestive enzymes?

(I'm 5"3, 100lbs, Body fat: 22%)

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on October 04, 2012
at 02:11 PM

can you talk more about the progesterone dosage?

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on August 19, 2011
at 07:34 AM

If the kombucha works for you, it is much cheaper to make. Buy some first to see how it works, but if it helps google around or ask me and you can brew it really for pennies!

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on August 18, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Were you still low fat when trying VLC? You would probably avoid constipation if you upped the fat a lot.

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on August 18, 2011
at 02:57 PM

Thanks! Appreciate your advice :)

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on August 18, 2011
at 02:56 PM

Oh what led you seeking to up progesterone? Was that an experiment that went well?

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on August 18, 2011
at 02:53 PM

Yea stress is probably the root of all my problems... I'm actually quite used to taking fruit (been eating this amount or more over many years) while I'm taking much more fat than I've ever been used to - I cook w ghee, coconut oil or olive oil, take fish oil supplements and pick fatty cuts of meat nowadays.

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on August 18, 2011
at 02:47 PM

Thank you both! Will look into including kombucha and Mg Citrate :)

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on August 18, 2011
at 02:17 PM

Sauerkraut gives me gas. The brassica bad boys are good and giving people the poots. So beware on that. Stress can stop your periods and do a number on your guts also. I didn't have a period for 5 months while I was evacuated from my home (New Orleans) during Katrina. The day I left to move back...my period showed up! Stress, especially in people with IBS-type symptoms, can throw digestion out of whack. I'd lower my fruit intake a little (too much fresh fruit is hard on digestion), stick with my veggies, and try to Zen out as much as possible!

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on August 18, 2011
at 01:42 PM

I second kombucha.. start off with a small amount though an build up.. it is strong

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on August 18, 2011
at 04:17 AM

You might want to try kombucha--works great for me as a digestive aid & probiotic. Also, make sure you aren't drinking too much with your meals. 3-4 oz of liquid is usually OK--more can dilute your digestive juices.

Magnesium citrate (400-600 mg) can help with the constipation and you may want to back off of the fruit a bit --if you have fructose malabsorption (like me!) you may be eating a bit too much. Maybe try some starchy carbs (sweet potatoes/white potatoes) instead.

A diet change with or without weight loss can stop menstrual periods as can stress. I'd relax & make sure you are eating enough.

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on August 18, 2011
at 01:42 PM

I second kombucha.. start off with a small amount though an build up.. it is strong

B9f0b439d1abbc7d6cd1ac0afd2334d4

(125)

on August 18, 2011
at 02:47 PM

Thank you both! Will look into including kombucha and Mg Citrate :)

3fe2bf1367970868757ddf7ed7c62531

(817)

on August 19, 2011
at 07:34 AM

If the kombucha works for you, it is much cheaper to make. Buy some first to see how it works, but if it helps google around or ask me and you can brew it really for pennies!

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on July 18, 2013
at 12:20 PM

Eat more, reduce stress, don't do VLC. I lost my period after massive relationship stress, came back within 2 months. Low calorie and low carb diets will stress your body more which isn't what you want here

Also, 100lbs, 5'3", 22% bf? Wow, I'm 115lbs, 5'1" and 22-23% bf. I guess I have heavy bones. Or am muscular, or something

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on July 18, 2013
at 05:15 AM

I have had trouble digesting foods for years now. It appeared randomly one day. I have a gluten intolerance apparenly according to blood tests which crosses with "gluten free" foods like tapioca, ammeranth, and potatoes. But more than anything RAW veggies especially broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans and celery cause major bloat- I'm talking Painful $1,000s of doctors trying to figure this out- and healing my gut is the only thing that has helped. #Nothing"really"wrong -I have an ongoing infection in my gut that will take years to cure. Eating "healthy" for an impaired gut can hurt. Ignore the tv and rest of thevworld trying tonlose weight bc those rules will hurt you. a raw diet is actually the devil for yiu. I eat cooked veggies and protein. I take digestive enzymes #god to help digest my food (since my pancreas stopped helping) a d take B12, vitamin D, gluten flam, and a bunch of other things my acupuncturist gave me. As for the HA, my fertility doc wants to try clomid once bc it is cheaper then move to injectables. In the meantime my acupuncturist is convinced she can cure me on her own. It's a race to the finish line as far as I am concerned...

Get yourself some digest gold from whole foods

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:41 AM

When I first became paleo I also went ammenorhic for 4 months. I had to get on a dose of progesteonento balance me out and all good since then. 29 yo, 5'4", 125lbs, 18% bf. I started at 120, 20%.

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on August 18, 2011
at 02:56 PM

Oh what led you seeking to up progesterone? Was that an experiment that went well?

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on October 04, 2012
at 02:11 PM

can you talk more about the progesterone dosage?

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on August 18, 2011
at 07:19 AM

Reduce your stress. Stress will stop your period. How much fat are you getting? Don't be afraid to have plenty of good fats. Keep it up with the probiotics. Getting your gut bacteria back in shape helps constipation.

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on August 18, 2011
at 02:53 PM

Yea stress is probably the root of all my problems... I'm actually quite used to taking fruit (been eating this amount or more over many years) while I'm taking much more fat than I've ever been used to - I cook w ghee, coconut oil or olive oil, take fish oil supplements and pick fatty cuts of meat nowadays.

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