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Period, no period. Advice?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

November 7 2011, I started the Paleo diet which was introduced to me from my trainer. This exact time I stopped taking my birth control which I had been on for 5 years. My body, being completely shocked with low carb, and no birth control pill. I didn't get my period until July 26 2012. Yeah, long time with no period.

I didn't mind and the Doctor said it usually happens after stopping the pill. (Not that long, but three months he said)

So, I received my period July 26 2012 and this was when I was following Paleo during the week, and then pretending I was Paleo on weekends with ridiculous cheats. I have had two and a half periods since July and am completely strict low carb Paleo, with absolutely no cheats, not honey, dates or fruits. Insulin is the devil or I apparently cannot learn moderation. All of nothing kind of person. I take fish oils and vitamin D, along with some digestive enzymes. (which I just started) I train 4-5 times a week at a gym lifting. I am 21.

I have been officially strict Paleo since October 28 2012. I haven't had a period since Early September.

Why? Can anyone help me out here? I don't mind. I feel great, energy levels are fine. Im shredding fat like no other.

Any advice will help! Thanks guys

4bc16f4181328acbdbb1dfbf0b77b25d

(70)

on January 02, 2013
at 04:54 AM

are you being serious??

851edf7b3d1edf4eac25edbadb2d5cc1

(95)

on January 01, 2013
at 03:37 PM

I would also recommend the Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet for you. Good luck!

E57c7c65c3eaab51f9ffe613fd87475f

(80)

on January 01, 2013
at 05:57 AM

Thanks for the advice guys! Adding some new starchy carbs to the diet starting tomorrow!

D41ce736cfc4e7362093793f579f846b

(45)

on January 01, 2013
at 12:32 AM

You're so right. Unfortunately I've now got an underactive thyroid, which I'm fairly sure is also from overexercising and undereating, and basically my body being under too much stress constantly. I'm trying to get my body back working properly now but I'm not there yet. Yes I get regular periods, but there are other things that aren't working right. I'm looking forward to not feeling broken anymore!

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on January 01, 2013
at 12:27 AM

We sound similar! It's amazing how the delicate balance of hormones in women can easily be thrown out of whack. I look a few years back on myself and kinda feel sorry that what I thought I was doing was right but really, my body was telling me otherwise. I just didn't know any better. So picking up the pieces now of years of malnourishment. It sounds silly, but I really had no idea that I was under eating and overexercising and the effects it was having on my body. Educating yourself about this is key. A fertile body is a healthy body.

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on December 31, 2012
at 10:33 PM

I agree-- switch up all your fat calories for healthy carbs. Same caloric intake and you won't be putting on weight, but feeding your body the carbs they need.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

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on December 31, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Hmm that all sounds pretty perfect to me

E57c7c65c3eaab51f9ffe613fd87475f

(80)

on December 31, 2012
at 05:52 PM

I dont really mind not having a period but is it bad that I don't have it?

E57c7c65c3eaab51f9ffe613fd87475f

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on December 31, 2012
at 05:47 PM

5'3.5 124 lbs Body fat is 21% I havent been training as hard since I became strict low carb because I dont really need to now Im eating real foods again. I do interval training for 10 minutes as a warm up. Then maybe every three weeks a cardio session but not really into cardio. I like going to the gym and enjoying what Im doing. So I change it up, and plyometrics the odd time too.

E57c7c65c3eaab51f9ffe613fd87475f

(80)

on December 31, 2012
at 05:44 PM

I know Paleo isn't low-carb, but for my goals right now Im keeping it low carb. It is what works for my body. Thanks for the book recommendation! Ill check it out

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on December 31, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Paleo is not by definition a very low carb diet and it's worth noting that many of us have had hormonal issues when cutting carbs to significantly. Try adding some rice/potato at each meal, plus some "sugary" veggies like carrots, sweet potato and onion at each meal. Be sure your paleo diet is a truly biologically appropriate diet (fatty meats, animal fats, organ meats) and not cordain paleo (lean meats and green veggies). The Jaminet's _Perfect Health Diet_ is extremely helpful and I heartily recommend it.

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851edf7b3d1edf4eac25edbadb2d5cc1

on December 31, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Hi Chelsea, ahh hormones and the frustration that go along with them. I'm a bit of a self-described expert here ;) I kinda gotta challenge something you said in a reply above: "Im keeping it low carb. It is what works for my body." Is it really working for you? I mean, are you absolutely sure? It may work for you in terms of appearance or strength but biochemically, I'd argue otherwise. And it's not ok to not have a period. You might come across some quack doctor who could tell you otherwise but no, it's not. Actually, long term (I'm talking several years), it increases your risk of uterine and endometrial cancer.

To me this sounds like a classic case of Hypothalamic Amenorreah. Also, based on the fact that when you do get your period, it only lasts 1 day, points to low estrogen. Low estrogen in women of reproductive age usually happens when the body detects a starvation or stress response. Too low body fat and/or too much physically stress is often the culprit. This is why people often hear of anorexics or underweight gymnasts not getting a period...I'm not saying you're either btw but the body doesn't really know the difference.

Google Stefani Ruper's website "Paleo for Women" and you'll get masses of great info. I agree with others suggestions about adding in more carbs, specifically starches.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on December 31, 2012
at 10:33 PM

I agree-- switch up all your fat calories for healthy carbs. Same caloric intake and you won't be putting on weight, but feeding your body the carbs they need.

E57c7c65c3eaab51f9ffe613fd87475f

(80)

on January 01, 2013
at 05:57 AM

Thanks for the advice guys! Adding some new starchy carbs to the diet starting tomorrow!

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D41ce736cfc4e7362093793f579f846b

on December 31, 2012
at 10:04 PM

Try researching 'Female Athlete Triad'. When you stop getting periods regularly your calcium balance is thrown off completely, and your body ends up having to get the calcium that it needs from your bones. So it basically draws on your bones calcium reserves. Personally, I didn't have my period for about 5 years, not from being too low in bodyfat, but from chronic undereating combined with overexercising. I now know that I have caused damage to my bones that for the most part, is irreparable. A friend of mine, who is a recovering anorexic, has been diagnosed with osteoporosis at age 22. Not to try and scare you or anything, but the above posters are right- it is not right for your body to not get periods. I would take the recommendations above, or maybe look into seeing a naturopath, as they can look at natural alternatives and see where the imbalances are coming from.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on January 01, 2013
at 12:27 AM

We sound similar! It's amazing how the delicate balance of hormones in women can easily be thrown out of whack. I look a few years back on myself and kinda feel sorry that what I thought I was doing was right but really, my body was telling me otherwise. I just didn't know any better. So picking up the pieces now of years of malnourishment. It sounds silly, but I really had no idea that I was under eating and overexercising and the effects it was having on my body. Educating yourself about this is key. A fertile body is a healthy body.

D41ce736cfc4e7362093793f579f846b

(45)

on January 01, 2013
at 12:32 AM

You're so right. Unfortunately I've now got an underactive thyroid, which I'm fairly sure is also from overexercising and undereating, and basically my body being under too much stress constantly. I'm trying to get my body back working properly now but I'm not there yet. Yes I get regular periods, but there are other things that aren't working right. I'm looking forward to not feeling broken anymore!

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35deaf0f101526bb113ea69f79934f2b

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on December 31, 2012
at 05:09 PM

I would also recommend adding more carbs. Also, what is your height/weight and do you do any cardio or just lifting?

I am a runner and am fairly light (5'8 125-130) and I have noticed that is I run over like 40 miles per week or if my body weight gets under 125, then my periods get really odd. I will get like one day of my period every 6-8 weeks. As long as I keep my weight at least 125 though and don't push running too much then I get it 2-3 days every 4-5 weeks (normally). So since you are losing weight, it is possible that you have too little body fat or that you are pushing yourself too hard in the gym.

E57c7c65c3eaab51f9ffe613fd87475f

(80)

on December 31, 2012
at 05:47 PM

5'3.5 124 lbs Body fat is 21% I havent been training as hard since I became strict low carb because I dont really need to now Im eating real foods again. I do interval training for 10 minutes as a warm up. Then maybe every three weeks a cardio session but not really into cardio. I like going to the gym and enjoying what Im doing. So I change it up, and plyometrics the odd time too.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on December 31, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Hmm that all sounds pretty perfect to me

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4bc16f4181328acbdbb1dfbf0b77b25d

(70)

on December 31, 2012
at 05:06 PM

experienced in this department :) an very glad to say i finally am

Balance your diet, dont swing it, you swing it you swing your hormones and throw your body out of whack

Dont be too strict and drop the gym to 2-3 times a week. make rest days REAL rest days

STOP taking fish oil, and IMO, all supplements

PUFAs are your friend, EAT THE NUTS, for real, a lot of them this is basically how i got my period back, not carbs, PUFAs from real food

"shedding fat like no other" is not going to bring on a period

E57c7c65c3eaab51f9ffe613fd87475f

(80)

on December 31, 2012
at 05:52 PM

I dont really mind not having a period but is it bad that I don't have it?

4bc16f4181328acbdbb1dfbf0b77b25d

(70)

on January 02, 2013
at 04:54 AM

are you being serious??

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