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what caused heavy period after months of light ones?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 05, 2010 at 2:18 PM

i just had a monster monster period after 6 months of progressively better ones. i did a few things differently this month like eat a little more cheese and take nyquil and aspirin for a cold, but i think, not sure, that what really did it was taking 1000mg of vitamin c for my cold. i read on the internet (i don't have the background to properly evaluate the source) that megadoses of vitamin c can increase estrogen. in the past when i've had heavier that my usual heavy periods (pre-paleo), it was because i took aspirin,, or maybe fish oil. has anyone else got a real heavy period after months of good ones? what do you think caused it?

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on April 01, 2010
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thx louisa. my period came yesterday and yesterday and today i was back to normal, thank god!! sunday i went to the gym and strained my back a little, but i was not going to take aspirin knowing my period was coming soon and wanting to see if it would be back to normal. i didn't have any aspirin, vita c pills, of fish oil this past 28 days.

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on March 13, 2010
at 02:32 AM

i avoid my obgyn since he wanted to do an ablation (burn out the lining of my uterus) to deal with my heavy periods. i just switched back to my prior eating habits and i'm not taking any cold medicines or vita c, so i'll report what my next period is like. i expect it to be back on track by itself, but we'll see.

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on March 28, 2010
at 05:44 PM

If you have been consuming much more vitamin C than usual, you will store more iron in your body.

In studies:

orange juice (as a source of vitamin C) increased [iron] absorption by 85 percent.

The body gets rid of excess iron from your body during menstruation every month, so if your body has absorbed more iron during a particular month, your period will be heavier.

Conversely, taking aspirin inhibits iron absorption:

taking an aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks and strokes causes blood loss via the digestive tract on the order of about a tablespoon per day. This results in iron loss.

So, it doesn't follow that your periods should be heavier taking aspirin alone, but I found an article which warns that fish oil and warfarin taken together may cause heavy menstrual flow; aspirin has similar properties to warfarin (both are blood thinners).

So, I would say that either excess vitamin C consumption or the combination of aspirin and fish oil are the culprits in this case.

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on April 01, 2010
at 12:39 AM

thx louisa. my period came yesterday and yesterday and today i was back to normal, thank god!! sunday i went to the gym and strained my back a little, but i was not going to take aspirin knowing my period was coming soon and wanting to see if it would be back to normal. i didn't have any aspirin, vita c pills, of fish oil this past 28 days.

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on March 06, 2010
at 02:28 AM

Estrogens are stored in you fat. If you have been eating Paleo and burning fat stores, these estrogens can be released as well and have can have an impact on your menses.

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on March 06, 2010
at 11:35 AM

It might be your thyroid. Hypothyroidism is known to cause menstrual problems, usually causing too-heavy periods.

Unfortunately, one side-effect of Paleo can be to expose what would otherwise be "subclinical" hypothyroidism.

You might enjoy Diana Hsieh's posts about this at her blog.

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on March 21, 2011
at 09:26 PM

Re: Louisa's post: While vitamin C would increase iron absorption, it wouldn't be a substantial amount of difference in that short period of time unless you were taking heavy doses of both that and an iron supplement every day. Even if your hgb and ferritin levels shot way up, the body doesn't actively use menstruation as an iron-clearing mechanism, it uses it to purge the uterine lining. You lose iron any time you lose blood, but you're not going to lose more blood if you have more iron.

In fact, vitamin C supplementation is a great way to prevent the anemia that is so common among premenopausal women. It's been shown to be more effective than iron supplementation. Combining both is the most effective route, though a copper deficiency could interfere as well. I think everyone should monitor their hgb and ferritin and supplement if they find themselves to be anemic.

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on March 21, 2011
at 06:38 PM

Taking a stab in the dark - is there ANY chance you could have been pregnant with a non-viable fetus and had a spontaneous abortion (pregnancy that ended before it "took")?

I am told that this occurs more often than most people would think, but I haven't a clue as to whether you've been "exposed," so I don't know whether this is even possible in your case. :-)

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on March 21, 2011
at 08:39 AM

Thanks for asking this! I just had a monster one too and couldn't figure out why. After reading everyone's responses, I think its a combination of eating more salmon, having to take lots of aspirin for migraines, and loosing around 7 pounds all in the same month.

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on March 09, 2010
at 05:51 PM

possibly thyroid, possibly trace gluten exposure if you are intolerant

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on March 08, 2010
at 12:56 AM

I had a similar monster in December (enough so I went to the ob/gyn) after skipping October and a light November. In my case, it was probably weight loss combined with perimenopause that had my estrogen out of whack with my progesterone (too much of the former). My ob/gyn put me on three days of progesterone to try and get me back on track. The jury is still out on that one though!

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on March 13, 2010
at 02:32 AM

i avoid my obgyn since he wanted to do an ablation (burn out the lining of my uterus) to deal with my heavy periods. i just switched back to my prior eating habits and i'm not taking any cold medicines or vita c, so i'll report what my next period is like. i expect it to be back on track by itself, but we'll see.

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