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Irregular menstrual cycle from Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM

In December 2012, I started to try out Paleo. I stuck to it pretty well, and it affected my period. I am pretty regular. At one point I got it very light for a few days, then about a week and a half later, I got it all over again, but this time my regular flow.

Now, four months later, it has happened again. I'm about 80/20 Paleo, so I'm not sure if this is throwing it off or what. I've also been working out a lot more the past 2 weeks, so I'm not sure if this is adding to it as well.

I had asked my Dr in December, and she said diet and lifestyle change can greatly affect a woman's cycle. I just don't understand why it's getting messed up again. Maybe because I'm not sticking to Paleo 100% of the time.

Any other ladies out there that have had irregular periods or ones back to back within a week or two? Any information is much appreciated!

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

(2318)

on April 23, 2013
at 10:44 PM

Also unless you are trying to lose a substantial amount of weight, make sure you're eating a good amount of good carbs (fruits, vegs, sweet potatos etc). n=1 less than 150g a day affects my mood/cycle/ability to deal with stress. Goodluck!

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

(2318)

on April 23, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Hmm it could be a number of things really, its hard to say but your body is telling you that something you're doing isn't working for you. It's probably a combo of the stress and eating things that inflame your body (wheat, legumes etc). Try some relaxation techniques, avoid foods that aren't beneficial for you and eat lots of healthy fats. Also make sure you're eating ENOUGH food -- eating too little will cause your body to think its in starvation mode. You can roughly calculate your daily needs here: http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 23, 2013
at 06:04 PM

I asked this same thing a while back: http://paleohacks.com/questions/178276/any-other-ladies-whose-cycles-are-shortened-by-paleo

08dd926baf8627277a341dacb8ff2884

on April 23, 2013
at 05:48 PM

I wouldn't say LOTS of good fats...but good fats yes. I've definitely been under a lot of stress lately, and it's usually on the weekends that I stray from Paleo. Last weekend I ate I few things that I usually would never, even when I cheat. Ex: I had a burrito from Chipotle, instead of a salad. I had rice and beans in it too. Then Sunday I had a burger with the bun and your typical BBQ foods. Oopsy :( So could those factor in as well? I've only been doing Paleo for less than 6 months so I'm still learning a lot.

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5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

(2318)

on April 23, 2013
at 03:58 PM

Are you eating lots of good fats? n=1 low fat means super light/non-existent and irregular cycles.

Stress, major shift in eating habits (ie super low carb to high), PCOS, coming off the pill, weightloss and over training can also cause changes in your cycle. Anything that throws your body off will inevitably affect whether or not your body feels like its appropriate or safe to "reproduce".

A brief intro can be read here on some of the most common reasons.

08dd926baf8627277a341dacb8ff2884

on April 23, 2013
at 05:48 PM

I wouldn't say LOTS of good fats...but good fats yes. I've definitely been under a lot of stress lately, and it's usually on the weekends that I stray from Paleo. Last weekend I ate I few things that I usually would never, even when I cheat. Ex: I had a burrito from Chipotle, instead of a salad. I had rice and beans in it too. Then Sunday I had a burger with the bun and your typical BBQ foods. Oopsy :( So could those factor in as well? I've only been doing Paleo for less than 6 months so I'm still learning a lot.

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

(2318)

on April 23, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Hmm it could be a number of things really, its hard to say but your body is telling you that something you're doing isn't working for you. It's probably a combo of the stress and eating things that inflame your body (wheat, legumes etc). Try some relaxation techniques, avoid foods that aren't beneficial for you and eat lots of healthy fats. Also make sure you're eating ENOUGH food -- eating too little will cause your body to think its in starvation mode. You can roughly calculate your daily needs here: http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

(2318)

on April 23, 2013
at 10:44 PM

Also unless you are trying to lose a substantial amount of weight, make sure you're eating a good amount of good carbs (fruits, vegs, sweet potatos etc). n=1 less than 150g a day affects my mood/cycle/ability to deal with stress. Goodluck!

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on April 24, 2013
at 01:26 AM

2 things to check:

  1. make sure your calories are sufficient.
  2. are you eating a lot of phytoestrogens (flax,e.g.)? Flax caused me problems.

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68655ec9711d207d69a63ebf96b37573

on April 23, 2013
at 10:10 PM

Both stress and food really affect the menstrual cycle. I would advise to observe for a few months and see if it settle down. So long as you're not VLCarb and VLCal then it probably will

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