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Will paleo bring my period back?

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Created September 09, 2011 at 1:40 PM

I am paleo for about 1 month. I do not limit fruit. I am not overweight; I weigh 53kg and am 163cm.

I am 31 and after going off birthcontrol 3 years ago I never got my period or ovulation back...I did get pregnant after my first round of clomid (helped me ovulate) but my period still did not come back after giving birth (1 year ago) Before pregnancy I was pretty much a vegan, I had some eggs and some cheese. During pregnancy I started craving meat and gave in...I am now very happy that I did because I was low in Iron and B12 and I think my little boy was crabing meat too. Since than I kept eating meat.

I stopped breastfeeding 8 months ago because I did not produce enough milk. My bloodwork is normal, ovaries are normal, ...everything seems fine but my hormone levels never change, have been the same for over a year. I do have reactive hypoglycemia which led me to try out paleo..I do not exercise a lot. Try to do CF once a week (only started recently) and cycle to work (15min)

Did anyone out here got their period back after going paleo? I already see good result in my acn??...it's has not dissapeared but my skintone has definitly improved.

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on January 28, 2013
at 09:36 PM

Amazing what happens when we give our bodies what they really need, isn't it? :-)

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on September 09, 2011
at 05:28 PM

The Vitamin D Council recommendation for maintenance is 1000 IUs per 25 lb of body weight.

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on September 09, 2011
at 05:28 PM

Th Vitamin D Council recommendation for maintenance is 1000 IUs per 25 lb of body weight. Best to start supplementing now & get tested in 3 months.

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on September 09, 2011
at 02:58 PM

Problem with cutting out fruit is that I do not want to loose weight. I will have eggs and bacon for breakfast one day and fruit & nuts the other day. Also I need some carbs before I go to bed or I cannot sleep. I usually have a sweet potatoe or a baked banana with some coconut oil and cinamon an hour or so before I go to bed. Also I like the relaxed thing about paleo and do not want to go to the extreme where my social life will suffer. Not looking to get pregnant again at the moment.

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on September 09, 2011
at 02:52 PM

Thanks everybody for all the answers! I am taking vitamin D because after breastfeeding my level was too low. But how much do I need? I will have to educate myself more about things like fermented food, bone broth and things like that.

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on September 09, 2011
at 02:16 PM

BTW~ It can take 6-9 months of good eating & D supplementation (including fermented foods, organ meats & bone broth or gelatin) to replenish your nutrient stores/balance gut flora, so be patient!

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on September 10, 2011
at 06:44 PM

My guess would be that you're zinc deficient as a result of the vegan diet, which has decreased estrogen and caused amenorrhea. You need to start actively pursuing zinc in your diet if you don't want to supplement. Focus on eating foods like cooked oysters as much as possible and/or take a zinc picolinate supplement. Segregate the oysters and/or supplement from the rest of your diet so that the zinc doesn't crowd out the iron and copper you're eating.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3758384 I'm assuming that with most variations of paleo you're getting plenty of fat and retinol from liver. Also, the seemingly small difference in plasma zinc levels is misleading, since it doesn't accurately reflect zinc stores in bone, muscle, organs etc.

This one talks about anorexia, but it's just a different route to the same place: http://www.ajcn.org/content/44/4/581.full.pdf

Good luck.

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on September 10, 2011
at 10:25 AM

Do make sure you keep your calories up, when I first went paleo, I went a little too low carb and the time between my periods actually increased. I did not like this at all. I definitely eat more (harmless) starch now and included daily sushi nori in my diet (seaweed wraps used in sushi making) for the iodine and my periods are now regular as clockwork. Which is great as it's good to know things are working as they should!

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on September 09, 2011
at 02:13 PM

Yes, over on MDA, several women have gotten their periods back and/or have gotten pregnant after going Paleo/Primal.

Get your Vitamin D Level tested! Vitamin D is a hormone pre-cursor, so if you are deficient, your body won't be able to build enough progesterone, etc. Make sure you are also sufficient in K, zinc & magnesium.

I work with pregnant moms & it is shocking how many are D deficient. I wrote a blog post about it here.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on September 09, 2011
at 05:28 PM

The Vitamin D Council recommendation for maintenance is 1000 IUs per 25 lb of body weight.

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on September 09, 2011
at 02:52 PM

Thanks everybody for all the answers! I am taking vitamin D because after breastfeeding my level was too low. But how much do I need? I will have to educate myself more about things like fermented food, bone broth and things like that.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on September 09, 2011
at 02:16 PM

BTW~ It can take 6-9 months of good eating & D supplementation (including fermented foods, organ meats & bone broth or gelatin) to replenish your nutrient stores/balance gut flora, so be patient!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on September 09, 2011
at 05:28 PM

Th Vitamin D Council recommendation for maintenance is 1000 IUs per 25 lb of body weight. Best to start supplementing now & get tested in 3 months.

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on September 10, 2011
at 09:01 AM

I have been Primal/Paleo for for almost three weeks now. Two weeks into it, I had my first period in over 9 months....longer than that if you don't count my Progesterone Pill induced periods. I have PCOS. Needless to say, I was amazed! Hang in there. Some things take longer for others. I struggle with GERD too. I have noticed some relief, but I am not healed of that yet. In time, hopefully all health problems will go away. Good luck! <3 Limiting sugar intake of all kinds can really help. Sugar really messes up the body in countless ways.

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on November 27, 2011
at 05:32 PM

Paleo has brought my period back :)

Been Paleo since January 2011 and had my first period in 5 months (my last one had been in August 2010) in February 2011. Since February, I had no periods at all - Until today!

I had been on BC pills for approx 5 years and I think that was the reason why they stopped in the first place - I'm off BC since August 2010.

Even though I started Paleo in January, it's only the last few months that I feel like I'm really getting to know what works for my body. Huge credit to Paleohacks for educating me! Since going Paleo I had battled so much with hunger, cravings, binges, falling off the Paleo wagon and then hauling myself back on.

I think that small changes in my meal choices may have been key to bringing my period back, and I've also been supplementing with Iodine capsules since August of this year. The past few weeks I have had a high protein, high fat breakfast - Steak, 2 pieces of bacon and approx 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Eating a breakfast like this has completely curbed my cravings for fresh/dried fruit and stopped me from snacking so much during the day. If sugar is a huge factor in hormonal imbalances, I think that I have found the key to what works for me!

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on January 30, 2013
at 12:51 PM

I also have a problem to do with my period. First of all, i have been on the pill for 4 years now. I have been paleo for 26 days now, I have also had my period for 26 days straight too. I went to the doctors and he said it is my pill losing effectiveness, has anyone else had a similar problem? The doctor has told me to stay off the pill for at least one month and then go back on a stronger medication. I am on the pill because of very severe period pain. So yeah, just wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem so I don't feel so weird.

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on January 30, 2013
at 12:06 PM

It's been a while but here is a short update. I quit paleo but stayed glutenfree and also tra to limit sugar intake. About 6 months after/ paleo glutenfree....i got my period back. At first it was irregular but i have had a normal cycle (30 days) for a few months now. Ofcourse i am not sure that the glutenfree diet brouwt my periods back but i am not willing to risk honing of it. Also i have a lot less stomach pain of bloathing.

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on January 28, 2013
at 11:43 AM

This is really interesting. I have been a pescetarian for years. I reintroduced meat into my diet when my doctor told me my iron levels were low. I had been dreaming about steaks, so I guess it was time. I have POF and haven't had a period since I was 37. I'm 42 now and have started getting a period. Until I found this forum, I never realized there would be a connection between reintroducing meat into my diet and getting my period again.

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on January 28, 2013
at 09:36 PM

Amazing what happens when we give our bodies what they really need, isn't it? :-)

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on February 29, 2012
at 04:01 AM

Dr. Michael Fox is a low-carb paleo OB-GYN. He calls low-carb paleo "the ultimate fertility diet" and claims a long list of women whose periods have returned and who have also reversed their PCOS under his care. So, yes - low-carb paleo might very well work for you in 3-4 months.

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on February 29, 2012
at 03:50 AM

Not necessarily. I'm 16 months postpartum, and my period has not returned yet, despite the kid going long periods without nursing and no calorie/carb restrictions on my part. With my other two kids, it had returned by 12 months.

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on February 29, 2012
at 01:13 AM

I have a friend who had irregular periods and after going Paleo it regulated. She also had bad acne that cleared up after the diet change. I am not sure how long after starting Paleo did it regulate. I'm 22 and was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 13. In my case, I have not had a period in about 11 months. This is the worst that it has ever been for me. I wasn't even getting cramps anymore. For the past 3 or 4 months I had not felt like there was anything working down there at all. I've been Paleo for a week and a half and I am now having some mild cramps. I know for some women that doesn't sound like a good thing but for me I'm happy. The cramps tell me that my diet is doing something. If I get my period I will update.

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on September 09, 2011
at 02:35 PM

Have you tried limiting fruit?

I have a friend who has PCOS and was basically told that she wouldn't be able to get pregnant on her own. She went years without a period/ovulation. She didn't do Paleo completely, but went very low carb and is now almost 20 weeks pregnant. She reversed a lot of numbers that her doctors told her were irreversible.

Paleo is incredible. Since going Paleo in January, I've learned much about fruit consumption. I've cut fruit and even starchy vegetables (actually, basically everything except protein and 86+% chocolate and coconut oil/butter) out and now when I have a glass of wine or a starchy vegetable as a treat every once in a great while it greatly interferes with my menstrual cycle. I had wine last month and my very regular cycle was late by 2 weeks because of it. My point is that sugars are powerful and can really mess with the reproductive system. It may be worth cutting down on fruit or even eliminating them altogether for a while to see if it reaps any results for you.

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on September 09, 2011
at 02:58 PM

Problem with cutting out fruit is that I do not want to loose weight. I will have eggs and bacon for breakfast one day and fruit & nuts the other day. Also I need some carbs before I go to bed or I cannot sleep. I usually have a sweet potatoe or a baked banana with some coconut oil and cinamon an hour or so before I go to bed. Also I like the relaxed thing about paleo and do not want to go to the extreme where my social life will suffer. Not looking to get pregnant again at the moment.

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on September 09, 2011
at 02:02 PM

I had the same thing happen after quitting BC, so I'll be following this thread. Been Paleo for 1+ years, no period until I got back on BC, gained 15 lbs, and had acne for the first time ever. Once I got off the Pill again it stopped. Good to hear about the Clomid.

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on September 09, 2011
at 01:51 PM

I was way past menopause when I went Paleo, so I can't offer personal experience. However, Paleo has a reputation for getting women pregnant , so I think that's a hopeful sign.

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