A week in on Paleo and I'm having stirrings in my ovaries??! (TMI guys)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 11, 2012 at 1:56 AM

So my menstrual cycles have been completely out of whack for years, sometimes I'd go 6-9 months without a period, but recently I've noticed a trend in which the cycles are getting shorter, which is great, but unexplained!

Last 3 cycles: 118 days, 91 days, 29 days

This was before paleo, so I don't know what happened there to shorten them as they've stayed constantly long for years! But now I've spent a week on paleo and for the last day or two I've been getting twinges in my ovaries. I never usually get any pain, so this is weird for me. It's not strong, just noticeable.

What I want to know is if paleo can affect your menstrual cycle/reproductive system? Especially this quickly, and in what way could it?

Thanks ladies!



on July 11, 2012
at 02:44 AM

I have had fertility problems in the past so very much in tune with my body - 1 month of Paleo deff had an effect on my cycles - I am PCOS and went 2 years without a period - one month it came back and is reg now!

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on July 11, 2012
at 02:11 AM

Same thing happened to me. Like immediately into paleo. Lasted for 6 weeks when I went on progesterone cream. I still have mild pain but the 6 weeks of bleeding stopped by the third progesterone cream application. I use Emerita Pro-Gest and follow the instructions for menstruating women.

I also dropped the pill. Progesterone on a 21 day application has ceased ovulation but you can apply it from day 14-28 and still ovulate.

Read anything by Dr John R Lee and estrogen dominance and premenopause.

For reference I'm 37.

My theory is that once insulin was dealt with that underlying estrogen issues were allowed to surface and they don't waste time.

However with your messed up cycle time, being looked at for androgens and general hormonal situation may be a good idea. I'd avoid intermittent fasting as well.



on July 11, 2012
at 02:37 AM

Yup. Sounds like your hormones are getting into balance.

Doubt it has anything to do with going Paleo, since hormones take a few months to shift from diet.

Replenishing nutrient stores can do this. (Were you taking any supplements?)

Avoiding xenoestrogens can do this. (Have you changed houses, mattresses, shampoos/body lotion?)

Different herbs like Vitex can do this.


on July 11, 2012
at 07:13 AM

yes, i have been out of whack and basically in fertile for the past 4 years and after 2 months on paleo, I got pregnant. Plus the two normal periods I had were very strong and healthy unlike the sputtery pathetic off and on stuff i had previously. 3 months pregnant and still going strong:)

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