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Slightly freaking out: missed period

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Hopefully I'm not asking a question that is already out there--I looked and couldn't find anything that quite fit my situation.

Oh and right off the bat: no, I am definitely, positively, absolutely NOT pregnant.

I found out about Paleo a little over a month ago, and have gradually been adapting my way of eating according to what I've learned. I'd say I am about 80/20 and have been for weeks now. I've had my fair share of slip-ups, "oops" moments, and flat out cheats. So..basically, I've been far from perfect. Learning, though.

Day to day, I eat about 60% of my calories from fat, 20% carb, 20% protein. Varies a bit, though. No vigorous/strenuous exercise.

Anyway, I'm 18, 5'6'', and weight 120-125 pounds. My period is typically pretty regular--I've never flat out missed one before. That is, until now. My period should have started roughly 10 days ago. I'm starting to get a bit concerned.

Could this be due to my diet change? Has anyone else experienced this? Before Paleo, I had your typical "healthy" conventional diet. Some wheat bread and oatmeal on a daily basis, but nothing excessive. So it's not like my diet change was as drastic as going from candy bars and milkshakes to Paleo.

Thanks everyone for your help:)

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 19, 2012
at 01:01 AM

All normal--sleep is fine (7-9 hours each night), stress is minimal, and my exercise consists of a few walks with my dog each week and a few crunches and squats each day.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on August 19, 2012
at 12:42 AM

how is your sleep, stress, and exercise - daily/weekly average of last month?

963322f175cdd4c5f7d52cc372b3a167

(646)

on August 18, 2012
at 05:35 AM

Don't know how ya'll roll, but to me babies are miracles from God...

963322f175cdd4c5f7d52cc372b3a167

(646)

on August 18, 2012
at 04:53 AM

Lighten up, everybody!

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(540)

on August 18, 2012
at 03:27 AM

i use monthlyinfo.com, which i love.

C0237fd9e277fcef496d538beda1f35b

(287)

on August 18, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Honestly...If there are no other symptoms, I don't know if the doctor will see her if her period is only 10 days late.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on August 18, 2012
at 02:27 AM

Agreed. The doc will almost certainly tell her it's normal. Better to just learn to tune into her body and notice patterns. Women's bodies are not inherently diseased or hormonally F'ed.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 18, 2012
at 01:57 AM

I was 17 when I missed 2 periods while visiting family in Europe. Life change/stress/dietary change can all affect your period--especially at that "young ripe age". No need to pathologise here.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 18, 2012
at 01:55 AM

In this context & at her weight/height it is, Mal.

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

(1371)

on August 18, 2012
at 01:53 AM

i dont call it normal

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 18, 2012
at 01:12 AM

It makes me feel better that I'm not the only one--far from it, it seems. I'm definitely not restricting my calorie intake or trying to lose weight. Just maintain and be healthy. Thanks for the excellent advice, though, and I wish you luck:)

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7b9b5de13a30c823dae64a971cb14add

on August 18, 2012
at 02:15 AM

for me, the higher fat intake actually made my periods heavier and more regular, which is interesting because was and am quite overweight. 60% seems like a good number.

when push comes to shove, dietary changes can affect your cycle. i used to work at planned parenthood (as a social worker, not a medical provider) and our rule of thumb was that one irregular period per year is generally absolutely nothing to worry about. once two are irregular or absent, you need to see a doctor ASAP.

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C0237fd9e277fcef496d538beda1f35b

(287)

on August 18, 2012
at 01:40 AM

If you definitely know you're not pregnant, then 10 days is no big deal. You're going to have several times in your life (I'm 41) that your cycle with get screwy for various reasons including stress and diet. My teen years were all over the place.

I use an app called Period Tracker. Really helps you look at patterns, symptoms, etc. Have about 2 years worth of data in it now.

7b9b5de13a30c823dae64a971cb14add

(540)

on August 18, 2012
at 03:27 AM

i use monthlyinfo.com, which i love.

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43e9d0f324c2fc8b5f283786a1e3bf4f

(419)

on August 18, 2012
at 01:13 AM

I had an opposite experience to some of y'all. I was underweight until I went gluten-free. With paleo (so far) I feel even better. I've been able to maintain the healthy weight gain, so I'm at the bottom of the normal weight range for my height. Regular as a tide, even underweight.

The main thing imho is to prioritize health. Don't pathologize missing a period or two or five. If you feel fine, your body is doing its thing. Doctors used to think missed periods increased your endometrial cancer risks, but that's been debunked. Chances are it's ok to ignore it when you skip a beat, and live your life.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 18, 2012
at 12:08 AM

Not to worry. Totally normal with a dietary change (or any life change for that matter; I stopped menstruating when I traveled to Europe at age 17.)

And yes, this has been addressed in many, many questions.

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

(1371)

on August 18, 2012
at 01:53 AM

i dont call it normal

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 18, 2012
at 01:55 AM

In this context & at her weight/height it is, Mal.

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6a252f02f4d6b9c79c3f1fbb24a52107

on August 18, 2012
at 03:21 AM

I am 48 years old and I can say that I have missed (completely) several periods over the years. In each case, pregnancy/early miscarriage were not possible explanations. I consider those "once in a great while" type of fluctuations in your cycle to be normal.

If your cycle doesn't resume within a month or so, then I would see a doctor.

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C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

on August 18, 2012
at 01:54 AM

i dont like people calling this normal....it is not normal espeically at the young ripe age of 18. go to the doctor

C0237fd9e277fcef496d538beda1f35b

(287)

on August 18, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Honestly...If there are no other symptoms, I don't know if the doctor will see her if her period is only 10 days late.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 18, 2012
at 01:57 AM

I was 17 when I missed 2 periods while visiting family in Europe. Life change/stress/dietary change can all affect your period--especially at that "young ripe age". No need to pathologise here.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on August 18, 2012
at 02:27 AM

Agreed. The doc will almost certainly tell her it's normal. Better to just learn to tune into her body and notice patterns. Women's bodies are not inherently diseased or hormonally F'ed.

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Cadd43bf50fac679ed727db27e07ac5d

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on August 18, 2012
at 01:09 AM

I too experienced a miss period after completing a Whole 30 Paleo Challenge. My period didn't come until 2 months later. I wondered if it could have been a hormonal imbalance or the weight loss?

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C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

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on August 18, 2012
at 12:57 AM

The same thing happened to me. About a month after I started paleo at age 18, even before I really started losing weight, I lost my period. I was as confused as you are. Mine didn't come back, though. I started to lose weight steadily, adhering more and more strictly to paleo and incorporating intermittent fasting. I lost way too much weight and ended up in a place that was really bad for my body. I've been working on gaining enough weight to get it back for the past year and I've still to have it return. My advice would be to NOT let it get that far and see a doctor if you're worried. Don't push losing weight and make sure you're getting enough food, and be sure to take good care of yourself!

0611054a36cc2538c48235c60fd55b7f

on August 18, 2012
at 01:12 AM

It makes me feel better that I'm not the only one--far from it, it seems. I'm definitely not restricting my calorie intake or trying to lose weight. Just maintain and be healthy. Thanks for the excellent advice, though, and I wish you luck:)

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on August 18, 2012
at 12:11 AM

I am not the most qualified, but I will tell you that since going Paleo, my wife has randomly missed 2 of the last 4 and no pregnancy. I thought it may have been her going to CrossFit 5 times per week since she had been Paleo for several months before this started, but maybe the diet change is part of it. Always best to check with doc as there are lots of other reasons to miss cycle

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on August 18, 2012
at 12:08 AM

It doesn't seem like enough of a change to affect your period so quickly. Have you recently lost weight or is your weight generally stable? I had no period after losing a lot of weight, but it had a weird delayed affect, it didn't happen until I was done losing weight and had stabilized for a few months. I would just keep track of it, see if you feel anything else, any pain, anything out of whack - and see your general practitioner if it continues beyond another missed period, and possibly an endocrinologist if your doctor suggests further testing.

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on August 18, 2012
at 02:19 AM

autocorrect didn't pick it up?

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963322f175cdd4c5f7d52cc372b3a167

on August 18, 2012
at 02:01 AM

Congratulations! :)

963322f175cdd4c5f7d52cc372b3a167

(646)

on August 18, 2012
at 04:53 AM

Lighten up, everybody!

963322f175cdd4c5f7d52cc372b3a167

(646)

on August 18, 2012
at 05:35 AM

Don't know how ya'll roll, but to me babies are miracles from God...

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