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Any reason my monthly cycle would lengthen on Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 21, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I was wondering whether anyone has any information on monthly cycles lengthening, and or whether Paleo could have an influence on this? My cycle was always 28/29 days every month but since going Paleo this has lengthened to about 40 days. Not saying this is a bad thing but I think any change in your body should be noticed. I did ask my doctor but he didn't seem interested......(surprise surprise). Maybe my ageing has slowed down so everything else has (haha, wishful thinking ;D) any help and ideas from all , (medical people and non) greatly appreciated Thank you. (speculative answers welcome ;D)

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on November 09, 2011
at 12:45 PM

Awesome to hear! :)

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on November 09, 2011
at 09:57 AM

Thank you for answering! Luckily things went back to "normal" shortly after I posted this, I have a sneaky feeling I had let my body fat ration go just a little bit too low. But yes I totally "upped" my carb intake and started eating sushi nori in the hope of getting things back on track, seems to have worked....

5786a8dbc9f3c6e1b7ec5b46079562ae

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on March 21, 2011
at 08:21 PM

I didn't have a period for about three months when I went paleo, but I also lost my job, my apartment and had two deaths in the family at the same time AND lost 20 pounds, so I don't know if it was diet or stress or weight loss or a combination. I haven't been keeping track lately, but 35-45 days sounds about right.

A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

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on March 21, 2011
at 08:13 PM

You mean you have been bleeding almost non-stop (with small breaks) since December?! That doesn't sound safe! Have you been to a doctor to maybe check your hormones levels?

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on March 21, 2011
at 01:28 PM

I'm a little under 3 months paleo - and both of my last 2 cycles have been usually long 35-40 days, when like you, I was pretty consistently 28 days before.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 21, 2011
at 11:25 AM

I'm 28 by the way so waaaaay of menopause (hopefully)

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 21, 2011
at 11:25 AM

I've been paleo for nearly six months, it happened almost immediately, like you I was already thin to begin with, my periods haven't stopped, just the cycle is longer, there are a couple of posts on here about periods but I couldn't fond the info I need, you may be able to though.

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on November 07, 2011
at 09:33 PM

The only difference I noticed when going paleo is that my regular (28.1 day average) cycle just got lighter and I had less b!tchy PMS.

Because of consistently low Basal Body Temperatures (BBT), I think I might have been experiencing thyroid issues (also because of VLC (really low carb)) and so I started to have two carb re-feed days per week and took a little iodine (really, a little!). This seemed to helped regulate my BBTs and possibly helped make conception possible (but no real guarantee of that, because in the first two cycles, while the BBTs were irregular, the timing of sex was also not terribly consistent with my fertile period).

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on November 09, 2011
at 09:57 AM

Thank you for answering! Luckily things went back to "normal" shortly after I posted this, I have a sneaky feeling I had let my body fat ration go just a little bit too low. But yes I totally "upped" my carb intake and started eating sushi nori in the hope of getting things back on track, seems to have worked....

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on November 09, 2011
at 12:45 PM

Awesome to hear! :)

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94cef4c67be3c88ec0ba2765253bce4c

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on March 21, 2011
at 01:29 PM

I've had a couple of changes in the duration of my cycle since starting eating a Paleo diet. The first one was that my cycles shortened in duration, coming down from a hap-hazard cycle to every 42 days and then after a further 6 months coming down to every 35 days. I put this change down to increasing my protein intake.

Then last year when I cut my calorie in-take by too much I went to having a period every 3 months.

What is your protein intake like at the moment? Have you checked as to how many calories are you eating every day? Do you need to eat more? Have you taken up some kind of strenuous exercise lately?

In this article http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=i-dont-have-a-twenty-eight-day-mens-2010-12-23 there are a few pretty good links to articles which explain menstrual cycle variation.

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on March 21, 2011
at 12:30 PM

Yes, I had this issue and I wasn't very happy with it. I figured I was fasting too much and upped my calorie intake. My period went back to normal.

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on March 22, 2011
at 03:59 PM

I was pretty consistent pre-Paleo until last month (Feb) just when I cut out gluten totally (I've cut grains much earlier than gluten) - which was the similar time I started to be stricter on Primal (no grains, gluten, processed sugar and legumes) - my cycle was pretty long and very light spotting.

I went to visit my gyno last week and she did ultrasound and mentioned seems like my body skipped the ovulation last month so I had this 4cm cyst in my uterus. Thus for the past 40 days, i wasn't having a real period (no cramps either), more like spottings b/c my body didn't give the hormone signal to release the eggs.

I have to go back later next month to redo the ultrasound to see if the cyst disappear or still growing bigger. Right now the spotting already stopped.

Before my cycle usually 28-30 days and the first 2 days I always had super bad cramps. We'll see how things go for my next cycle.

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on March 21, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Carly, that happens to me too. I speculate (in my case anyway) that when I drop PUFA to 4% or below (usually by eliminating chicken) it makes my cycle at least forty days.

My answer from this thread http://paleohacks.com/questions/28451/feeling-different-keeping-pufas-low#ixzz1HFCiqxcK

The first time I dropped PUFA to 4% I completely eliminated chicken from my diet (I don't eat much pork or nuts). I stopped menstruating, which concerned me, so my doctor prescribed some hormone pills to jump start my cycle. That time my cycle was 49 days long as compared to my usual 27. No problems after that...then I got less strict for about six months (on the PUFA and the fructose) gained weight as well. December 26th, after some awful binges and cravings, I went back very strict on the low PUFA again (took me a little longer this time to eliminate sugar) the same thing happened again. My last cycle was 42 days long. However this time I did not get any hormone pills and just let nature take its course. Beware, those last two weeks before my period were horrible feeling: bloating, irritability and four pounds of water weight gain in a day. I do not plan on ever increasing my PUFA intake (or should I say eat a lot of factory chicken?) again as I have learned my lesson. All of this is anecdotal of course, I suppose it could be something else that caused late cycles besides the elimination of chicken, but that is the only thing I had changed in my diet in both cases.

edit: oh, and I am not underweight by a long shot! Have 10-15 pounds of body fat to lose so it wasn't due to low body weight, and I am under age 40.

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on March 21, 2011
at 10:43 AM

How long have you been paleo? When did your cycles start to change? I went Paleo about 2 months ago and I haven't seen my cycle since I made the diet change. I also mentioned it to my uninterested doctor. It makes sense that your cycle would slow or stop, especially if you're losing body fat. In my case, I was already thin when I started paleo, so I'm wondering if I've lost a portion of body fat where my estrogen was stored. I'd love to see what others have to say about this.

5786a8dbc9f3c6e1b7ec5b46079562ae

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on March 21, 2011
at 08:21 PM

I didn't have a period for about three months when I went paleo, but I also lost my job, my apartment and had two deaths in the family at the same time AND lost 20 pounds, so I don't know if it was diet or stress or weight loss or a combination. I haven't been keeping track lately, but 35-45 days sounds about right.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on March 21, 2011
at 11:25 AM

I've been paleo for nearly six months, it happened almost immediately, like you I was already thin to begin with, my periods haven't stopped, just the cycle is longer, there are a couple of posts on here about periods but I couldn't fond the info I need, you may be able to though.

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on November 07, 2011
at 09:18 PM

I've had the same reaction but I love it! I used to get horrible cramps and awful periods! Went on birth control to solve the problem then years laterwent Paleo. Long story short, stopped the BC and am now a natural women and no more cramps! Must have been all that terrible gluten and dairy! I'm super strict paleo and haven't had a cramp since being Paleo! My cycles are definitely two months long though instead of every month and I'm not complaining! Periods are heavy and last a while though. Wondering when that'll stop!

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A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

on March 21, 2011
at 08:11 PM

I haven't noticed much changes in the length (but then, I would have to actually count or pay attention) but it did change in intensity (it's lighter). I think the hormonal changes that the body goes through might influence the production of sex hormones, and maybe with time it gets to a balance optimal for your body. Fat and protein consumption should especially influence the hormones' production.

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on November 11, 2011
at 04:35 AM

i wish id seen this sooner! this exact thing has happened to me- 28 day cycle to more like 37. only thing different in my life is going paleo. i love the diet but worry this is impacting my fertility somehow- i use the fertility awareness method and in addition to the longer cycles the temps have been inconsistent as well. not sure what to do, but its somewhat comforting to know this is a real 'thing!'

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on March 21, 2011
at 01:28 PM

Opposite here. Mine hasn't stopped for more than a few days since starting Paleo in December 2010. VERY frustrating.

A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

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on March 21, 2011
at 08:13 PM

You mean you have been bleeding almost non-stop (with small breaks) since December?! That doesn't sound safe! Have you been to a doctor to maybe check your hormones levels?

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