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Effect of Intermittent Fasting on PMS?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2012 at 4:40 PM

This is for the ladies out there who practice IF, or only eat one or two meals a day. I'm playing with going down to one meal a day to help with migraines, since I seemed to not at all be headachy when I've experimented with IF before. I never IFed for very long (maybe a week of eating two meals a day was the most I did), and I'm wondering what possible impact eating one meal per day every day (down from 3 or 4) could have on PMS and painful periods.

So, has anyone noticed a change in their monthly visitor and/or all of the lovely things that visitor brings with them after starting an IF routine? Were they positive or negative changes (or both)? I know IF does a lot for insulin resistance, inflammation, and can do things to hormones, so I'm figuring it would either make things worse or better.

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on March 19, 2012
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While I physically feel better IFing (fewer cramps, lighter flow) I had quite an emotional reaction to something which is very uncharacteristic of me... I'm still experimenting, but if that happens again, I won't be doing it during this time!! :)

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on February 23, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Thanks! I'm excited now to see what happens - maybe things will get a lot better :)

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on February 23, 2012
at 08:17 PM

I've been IFing for a couple of weeks prior to my period and it was much better than what I usually get. Just some mild cramping (went away with a single dose of ibuprofen) and almost no hot flashes. Of course that might be just a coincidence, we'll see.

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on February 23, 2012
at 06:58 PM

I IF'd for awhile during PMS and found it helped me with cravings...but...it brought me down a little. I noticed if I cheat a little on dark chocolate, coconut ice cream my mood elevates--which is probably sourced to all my problems of emotional and nervous eating! Anyway...I'm trying to find a happy balance with it. I think the IF works well for the most part.

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on February 23, 2012
at 05:23 PM

I jumped on the IF boat over this last month. I have to say that my period was a lot better. The first day (as always) there was some cramping, but it went away quite quickly, and I didn't have that all over achy, icky feeling I usually get. I think I've been less crabby this month as well (but you'd have to ask my husband!). I haven't noticed that "blah" feeling as much either. I should also mention that I don't intentionallly IF. For some reason, my body doesn't really care for food after 2 or 3pm. The I eat breakfast between 6 and 7am and lunch between 10 and 12, depending on what the breakfast was and how hungry I am... I don't always eat after my noon meal, either. If you have had other positive changes from IF, it certainly can't hurt anything. I say go for it! If you don't like the way it makes you feel, don't do it next month. Good luck :)

03bb06ced2ae02a265909342d4cf3e75

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on February 23, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Thanks! I'm excited now to see what happens - maybe things will get a lot better :)

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on March 09, 2012
at 09:32 PM

I might be the outlier- I found that when I was IFing just before my period I felt kind of blah and down, worse than I normally get. I had cravings, but at the same time really, really didn't want to eat, so it was kind of this listless, unfocussed melancholy. After happening for 3 months, I now don't IF right before my period and find that my mood is much better. I'm wondering if it's the caloric requirements that go up, or maybe just the cocktail of hormones that doesn't agree with me during that time.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on March 19, 2012
at 07:52 PM

While I physically feel better IFing (fewer cramps, lighter flow) I had quite an emotional reaction to something which is very uncharacteristic of me... I'm still experimenting, but if that happens again, I won't be doing it during this time!! :)

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