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serious paleo period question (it is back too soon)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 09, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Hi

I have been completely paleo low carb for almost three years, I am 44, lost 35 pounds in the beginning but my weight has not changed for over 5 months (I weigh myself every morning). I have a textbook regular cycle, 28 days.I have not been on birth control pills for about 20 years. Husband had vasectomy 12 years ago.

Part of the reason I went paleo was to get my hormones healthy before menopause. It helped, it cured my pms (apnea, hay fever, blood sugar craziness, tachycardia, etc etc).

But my period started again, light but real, only 6 days after the last one (at first I thought I was in a time warp, but my calendar confirmed it was over just 6 days prior). (no other symptoms, except sore breasts, which stopped when I went paleo)

What might be happening to my poor hormones? Thanks in advance for you input, Lisa

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on April 10, 2013
at 09:42 PM

I don't touch flax, (had to look up a list of phytoestrogrens in food, as the only one i know of is soy and I haven't touched that in three years) - the only other one i may have OD'ed on is nuts but now they are less than 3Tb a day, for the last month.

0d42a3e52e5fe6c4dd7269ce3ab91abb

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on April 10, 2013
at 09:40 PM

nope I don't fast, sure I am not pregnant, not a stressful month at all (especially compared to others), I did lower my carbs from about 100 -150 down to less than 50 about a week ago, but i have done that many times in the last year.

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on April 10, 2013
at 03:46 PM

I think when you combine major diet changes with your 40s, it's all kinds of unpredictable. I would love to see more research pop up on this! But if it were me, I'd def check with the doc.

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on April 10, 2013
at 03:21 PM

ha i guess so, perhaps i am in denial, perhaps I thought that since paleo cured so many health issues and helped my body so much that i had "improved" my hormones so that this would not happen so soon. :(

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on April 09, 2013
at 03:49 PM

lisa, do you think you might just now be getting to the age where your hormones are starting to adjust themselves again?

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 09, 2013
at 04:43 PM

Lisa, I think this is somewhat normal for peri-menopause. Mine have been varying from 28 days down to 21 days and back. I know when my mom went through it, hers got closer and closer until they finally stopped (at the end she would get about a 2 day break).

It's worth going in to the gyn just to check and make sure it's nothing else.

Does the diet help you deal with the other symptoms so that it's not constant pms?

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on April 10, 2013
at 07:03 PM

It could be perimenopause, but there are a lot of threads about women's cycles getting shorter and lighter here, and on other boards. I can tell you that when I first started flirting with paleo (and I'm more PHD diet now and eat dairy), my cycles went from classic 28 to 23-26, and have been that way ever since. I'm 39 now, 37 when I started. When you go through menopause seems to be genetic and my mother did not hit full menopause until she was 58. I could also be in denial, LOL, but I think there are some hormonal things going on.

What is also interesting is that I started experimenting with MSM a couple of months ago. (I'm a poor methylator with MTHFR, and I was thinking that MSM could help.) That first cycle was 18 days after the last one. Anecdotally, this seems to be very common. I was freaked out. But then my second cycle was back up to 27 days.

I have absolutely no scientific basis for this, but I wonder whether there's a certain amount of detox that goes on when transitioning to a whole foods diet, and also whether menstrual cycles can actually be a method of getting rid of stuff. I wonder if that's why so many women experience shifts in their cycles.

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on April 10, 2013
at 05:01 PM

Have you increased phytoestrogens in the diet by any chance? I'm extremely sensitive to flax and when I. Have too much it messes with my cycle.

0d42a3e52e5fe6c4dd7269ce3ab91abb

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on April 10, 2013
at 09:42 PM

I don't touch flax, (had to look up a list of phytoestrogrens in food, as the only one i know of is soy and I haven't touched that in three years) - the only other one i may have OD'ed on is nuts but now they are less than 3Tb a day, for the last month.

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on April 10, 2013
at 03:40 PM

That sounds too fast to be perimenopause.

Have you been fasting? Suffered a loss? Moved?

Are you sure you aren't pregnant?

FWIW, all my peri menopausal symptoms also went away after a year of Primal eating. I am 50 now and still cycling regularly.

0d42a3e52e5fe6c4dd7269ce3ab91abb

(55)

on April 10, 2013
at 09:40 PM

nope I don't fast, sure I am not pregnant, not a stressful month at all (especially compared to others), I did lower my carbs from about 100 -150 down to less than 50 about a week ago, but i have done that many times in the last year.

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on April 10, 2013
at 03:29 PM

I assumed that they would get farther apart, but your point is valid. Thank you for your helpful story. (a two day break sounds sucky though)

I will check with the doctor just to keep her up to date.

Yes, being paleo did cure all my pms symptoms (crankiness, bloating, massive cravings, irregular cycles, mid cycle spotting, leg aches, lack of sleep).

That is why I am so surprised, as my cycle as been so predictable and problem free.
guess i am old now :)

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 10, 2013
at 03:46 PM

I think when you combine major diet changes with your 40s, it's all kinds of unpredictable. I would love to see more research pop up on this! But if it were me, I'd def check with the doc.

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