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Ladies... Very light cycle for years now bled for 9 days on Paleo?

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

I used to have a very light (almost non existent) menstrual cycle for years. I'm a bit concerned now that I've bled for 9 days since going on Paleo... I went to the doctors and I am having a blood test in a week, but I was wondering if this is something I should worry about? I was hopeful that my period was returning but this seems to have gone on for too long and now I think there is some serious problem with me!

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on July 21, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Good luck and read up on Dr John R Lee and the topic of estrogen dominance. Not enough progesterone can lead to miscarriage. I'm sorry for your loss. Blessings on your endeavors.

Bd142c32b4055224d3191461f1f57520

(1098)

on July 21, 2012
at 12:25 AM

Ah, I see. Looking at some of the other responses, I would not be too alarmed just as long as it doesn't morph into other issues (like anemia). Let us know how the blood test goes!

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 20, 2012
at 04:21 PM

@Low Carb Love so looks like the answers are 1) yes 2) yes 3) yes 4) probably yes since you are undergoing so many changes. I'd say this is completely fine. Whatever you do, DONT LET THEM GIVE YOU DRUGS to "normalize" your hormones. They tried to give them to me and this just isn't necessary. Your body is healing itself, your period will follow.

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:35 PM

I think I must have hormone issues, but I just don't know exactly what the issues are or how to rectify them. I don't have PCOS or thyroid issues, from previous blood tests... And the doctors seemed pretty clueless after that, it was very frustrating. I even had a miscarriage and they didn't make a link between my periods and that. Hopefully this time they find the problem. I will ask them about progesterone cream, thanks!

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:30 PM

I have been eating a lot of animal fat, and a fair bit of fish. If I do have a problem, I don't want to take any meds to control it, I'd rather do it naturally. Do you think that's possible?

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:29 PM

Thanks for the answer!

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:28 PM

Thanks for the answer!

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:28 PM

I've lost 10lbs in the first week of paleo, now I'm on the second week. I have changed my diet, from very grainy vegan food to paleo. I've just started exercising this week (80 mins so far) as I let a sedentary lifestyle before that. I'm not too stressed I don't think.

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:25 PM

I've lost 10lbs since

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:25 PM

I've actually lost weight on paleo (I need to lose over 100lbs) and yes, I had a dramatic weight loss 2008-2009 where I lost around 100lbs but put the weight back on. I have added more fat since going paleo, lots actually, because I heard it doesn't affect weight loss and that we need it. I hope it is my body normalising. Thanks for your comment. :)

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:22 PM

I don't know :/ that's the NHS for you! I cramp daily but it's quite subtle. My sleep is pretty messed up but it has been for a long time. I've just started exercising more (80 mins this week) as I was very sedentary before.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on July 20, 2012
at 02:18 PM

+1 Totally normal.

153c4e4a22734ded15bf4eb35b448e85

(762)

on July 20, 2012
at 12:54 PM

Omega 3 does this to a lot of people, so maybe it's that. It could also be that the protein and fat messes with OPs hormones, it does for me, a lot of animal fat is a sure way for me to get into a total estrogen overload, I got two fibroids eating lots of animal fats, they are shrinking now with a more normal fat intake, and much higher carbs.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on July 20, 2012
at 05:14 AM

I think the change of hormones sounds like a pretty probably cause. Another possibility, is the increase in omega 3's- my mom already had a heavy flow, but when it was fishing season and she was eating seafood three meals a day, she was would bleed a LOT more. It wasn't until she got her hormones sorted out that she could get it under control (then they got out of control again, but that's a whole different story).

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:30 PM

I have been eating a lot of animal fat, and a fair bit of fish. If I do have a problem, I don't want to take any meds to control it, I'd rather do it naturally. Do you think that's possible?

153c4e4a22734ded15bf4eb35b448e85

(762)

on July 20, 2012
at 12:54 PM

Omega 3 does this to a lot of people, so maybe it's that. It could also be that the protein and fat messes with OPs hormones, it does for me, a lot of animal fat is a sure way for me to get into a total estrogen overload, I got two fibroids eating lots of animal fats, they are shrinking now with a more normal fat intake, and much higher carbs.

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Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

on July 20, 2012
at 01:31 PM

I just went to the doctor two days ago for this EXACT problem. Hopefully I can share my experience with you so you can save some $$ :)

His first questions:

1) Have you recently gained or lost weight? 2) Have you changed your diet lately? 3) Have you changed your exercise routiene? 4) Are you overly stressed?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then it's perfectly normal to see changes in your period. If the answer is no, it's still likely this might be a fluke. My period lasted 11 days and then just ended after years of only lasting 4 days (very light).

I'd hold out for a few days and if you don't stop bleeding then maybe see a physician, but these flukes do happen. Try not to worry - these things happen.

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:28 PM

Thanks for the answer!

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:25 PM

I've lost 10lbs since

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on July 20, 2012
at 02:18 PM

+1 Totally normal.

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:28 PM

I've lost 10lbs in the first week of paleo, now I'm on the second week. I have changed my diet, from very grainy vegan food to paleo. I've just started exercising this week (80 mins so far) as I let a sedentary lifestyle before that. I'm not too stressed I don't think.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on July 20, 2012
at 04:21 PM

@Low Carb Love so looks like the answers are 1) yes 2) yes 3) yes 4) probably yes since you are undergoing so many changes. I'd say this is completely fine. Whatever you do, DONT LET THEM GIVE YOU DRUGS to "normalize" your hormones. They tried to give them to me and this just isn't necessary. Your body is healing itself, your period will follow.

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Bd142c32b4055224d3191461f1f57520

on July 20, 2012
at 12:08 AM

The first issue with this that comes up for me is anemia with the long flow.

I wonder why you need to wait so long for the blood test? I don't know if it would be ethical for me to even suggest what it is and why it is happening. I do feel safe in saying that your hormones are undergoing a major re-balancing.

Do you have any other symptoms like excessive cramping? How is your sleep and exercise?

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:29 PM

Thanks for the answer!

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:22 PM

I don't know :/ that's the NHS for you! I cramp daily but it's quite subtle. My sleep is pretty messed up but it has been for a long time. I've just started exercising more (80 mins this week) as I was very sedentary before.

Bd142c32b4055224d3191461f1f57520

(1098)

on July 21, 2012
at 12:25 AM

Ah, I see. Looking at some of the other responses, I would not be too alarmed just as long as it doesn't morph into other issues (like anemia). Let us know how the blood test goes!

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92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

on July 20, 2012
at 12:03 AM

Have you gained weight from Paleo? Do you have a history of eating disorder, or dramatic weight loss? Have you recently added more fat into your diet? I don't know what's going on but I can share my personal experience with amenorrhea and heavy menstruation.

At a lower BMI, I had very light/non-existent menstrual cycle. On Paleo, I started eating more fat and gained a bit of weight. I went through a few months of heavy menstruation, which later normalized.

Maybe it's your body getting back to normal/healthier. But see your doctor.

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:25 PM

I've actually lost weight on paleo (I need to lose over 100lbs) and yes, I had a dramatic weight loss 2008-2009 where I lost around 100lbs but put the weight back on. I have added more fat since going paleo, lots actually, because I heard it doesn't affect weight loss and that we need it. I hope it is my body normalising. Thanks for your comment. :)

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19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on July 20, 2012
at 04:05 AM

I bled for 6 weeks before going on progesterone cream. It seems to be the experience of many ladies that going paleo reveals hormonal issues, doesn't cure them. But seriously, progesterone cream is the bomb.

Cca2744b26a21709a82330c909b5282a

on July 20, 2012
at 03:35 PM

I think I must have hormone issues, but I just don't know exactly what the issues are or how to rectify them. I don't have PCOS or thyroid issues, from previous blood tests... And the doctors seemed pretty clueless after that, it was very frustrating. I even had a miscarriage and they didn't make a link between my periods and that. Hopefully this time they find the problem. I will ask them about progesterone cream, thanks!

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on July 21, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Good luck and read up on Dr John R Lee and the topic of estrogen dominance. Not enough progesterone can lead to miscarriage. I'm sorry for your loss. Blessings on your endeavors.

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