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Ladies: Menstruation and Diarrhea

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 03, 2012 at 4:04 PM

So when I am on program (I am on a Paleo diet for candida and leaky gut, by the way), my digestive track is happy...except when I get my period. This has always been the case; when my period starts, I have relatively minor cramps, but I definitely have loose stools to outright diarrhea.

My question is then, what can I do to ameliorate this? Will it resolve itself with more time? Is there something I should supplement with? It's definitely a hormonal issue I have, and when my doc gets back from maternity leave, it's something I will take up with her, but for now, what do you Hackers think?

2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

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on July 03, 2012
at 09:28 PM

I *always* crave red meat around my cycle. But that's interesting about the high PUFA question. I try to keep my PUFA levels down, but I do love chicken and pork!

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on July 03, 2012
at 08:04 PM

Agreed, I have found the same thing, and I love that this flies in the face of conventional wisdom on the subject because everything I had read until a few years ago said to avoid red meat like the plague if this was an issue. I can't remember where I saw it, but I think I read that high PUFA intake was linked to an increase in prostaglandin production. If anyone else saw that somewhere, I'd love a little assist on this one.

2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

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on July 03, 2012
at 06:38 PM

What's odd is that while my cramping is minimal, it's the diarrhea that's bothersome.

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on July 03, 2012
at 05:31 PM

heather, I've always had this problem, on the pill and off. I've taken dong quai at a therapeutic dose for several days before my period, and while it seemed to help with cramping it never put a dent in the diarrhea. I'm sure it's different for everyone, though, and would be worth a shot.

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on July 03, 2012
at 04:57 PM

I always know when mines coming up because I have a crampy/spaztic system a day or two before...I'm not on any BC, over 40 and this has been the way for me for a long time.....

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

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on July 03, 2012
at 04:43 PM

I saw that in a supplement at Vitman Shoppe the other day... It was called like... Female Supplementation (yes, very generic). It included mammory whatever. Some other female benefits if you didn't want to take straight Dong. (heh)

2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

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on July 03, 2012
at 04:27 PM

Dong Quai looks promising in regulating prostoglandins...anyone have thoughts on this?

2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

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on July 03, 2012
at 04:23 PM

I got off the BCPs some time ago. They contribute to candida/leaky gut, so it's not something I'd prefer to go back on, really.

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on July 03, 2012
at 04:08 PM

Sorry I don't think I can help you, but chronic diarrhea after my 3rd kid is part of what got me on this crazy train. Eating this way has made it go away completely. But it started right after her birth, so it must be some hormonal thing. I couldn't figure that part of it out! I'm interested in what others have to say.

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Afdf5873a082cd806c4d15c456f3614f

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on July 03, 2012
at 04:53 PM

Totally 100% normal. Ask any gyno- consult any book on your cycle- menstruation is a cleansing time- bowel changes are completely a normal part of it.

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F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

on July 03, 2012
at 04:21 PM

It's normal! It's prostaglandins overworking during your period. I have trouble going to the bathroom usually, but on my period I finally have relief.

But if you have diarrhea, I believe that means your body is producing TOO much prostaglandins.

Are you on any kind of birth control? I don't know for sure, but I wonder if it'd help out.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on July 03, 2012
at 04:43 PM

I saw that in a supplement at Vitman Shoppe the other day... It was called like... Female Supplementation (yes, very generic). It included mammory whatever. Some other female benefits if you didn't want to take straight Dong. (heh)

2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

(384)

on July 03, 2012
at 06:38 PM

What's odd is that while my cramping is minimal, it's the diarrhea that's bothersome.

2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

(384)

on July 03, 2012
at 04:23 PM

I got off the BCPs some time ago. They contribute to candida/leaky gut, so it's not something I'd prefer to go back on, really.

E40b2fc9ddcf702bab9d61d28b8c8440

(505)

on July 03, 2012
at 05:31 PM

heather, I've always had this problem, on the pill and off. I've taken dong quai at a therapeutic dose for several days before my period, and while it seemed to help with cramping it never put a dent in the diarrhea. I'm sure it's different for everyone, though, and would be worth a shot.

2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

(384)

on July 03, 2012
at 04:27 PM

Dong Quai looks promising in regulating prostoglandins...anyone have thoughts on this?

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 03, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I think that's totally normal. That happens to me, too, and happened before I went mostly Paleo.

What helps me (your mileage may vary!) is more focus on red meats for a day or two before and during my period. More beef/lamb, less chicken/fish/pork.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 03, 2012
at 08:04 PM

Agreed, I have found the same thing, and I love that this flies in the face of conventional wisdom on the subject because everything I had read until a few years ago said to avoid red meat like the plague if this was an issue. I can't remember where I saw it, but I think I read that high PUFA intake was linked to an increase in prostaglandin production. If anyone else saw that somewhere, I'd love a little assist on this one.

2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

(384)

on July 03, 2012
at 09:28 PM

I *always* crave red meat around my cycle. But that's interesting about the high PUFA question. I try to keep my PUFA levels down, but I do love chicken and pork!

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Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

on July 03, 2012
at 06:23 PM

yeah it's normal, paleo or not...we just have to deal with it during our cycles.

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