Menstrual spotting?

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Created June 16, 2010 at 2:29 PM

I started paleo about a month ago, and finally feel like I've gotten the eating pattern working right. All dairy, grain, beans, soy, sugar (except small amount from fruit), etc gone from my diet. I'm eating @ 50-65% fats (@50+% SFA, 30-40% MUFA, 10-15% PUFA w/1:1 ration O3:O6. 20% carbs, @25% protein) All nutrients in RDA range or higher except calcium. (Greens, more greens. Or BONES?)

Initially I had problems with GERD, got that to go away. Brain fog was brief and now I feel fantastic, more alert and perky than in years, but...

My period ended a bit more than a week ago. Several days ago, at the same time as I started feeling terrific, I started getting very light spotting, and every day since. I don't know if it's related or coincidence and thought I'd ask you all. Any experience with this?

Another thing to factor in - I'm 53, definitely in peri-menopause, with irregular periods in all directions. On the other hand, this is a new thing for me.

Advice? Any needed?



on June 16, 2010
at 10:34 PM

I assume poor. My fasting blood sugar at my latest check up was 123, 2 pts off a diabetes diagnosis. D-: After research, paleo looked like best way to cope and get the insulin sensitivity back and BG down. I'd welcome suggestions.



on June 16, 2010
at 06:26 PM

How is your insulin sensitivity?

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on June 16, 2010
at 05:30 PM

Your hormones are highly linked to your fat intake. If you've suddenly given your body more and better fat to utilize, you might have an uptick in menstrual activities and it might take a few cycles for you to even out.

That said, mid-cycle spotting (a week or a few days after the end of menstruation) is most often a sign of high fertility or recent ovulation and is perfectly normal. Also, as we change our diet, our menstruation cycles can be affected. If the light spotting lasts more than a week, see your doctor.

Have you read the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility? It's helpful for troubleshooting menstruation issues like these.



on June 16, 2010
at 06:25 PM

.65 * (.15 to .10) = 9.75% to 6.5% of total calories from PUFA.

This might be too much PUFA in your diet. Data from Lands & Hibblen would suggest that 'healthy' cultures generally consume closer to 4-5% of their calories from PUFA.

Saturated fat intake is also linked to estrogen levels in menopausal women. See "Fat Intake Is Associated with Serum Estrogen and Androgen Concentrations in Postmenopausal Japanese Women".

Also see "Relation of energy, fat, and fiber intakes to plasma concentrations of estrogens and androgens in premenopausal women"

"After energy intake was adjusted for, the ratio of polyunsaturated to saturated fat (P:S) in the diet was significantly inversely associated with plasma estradiol and estrone during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. For each 0.1 increment in the P:S, there was a 7.6% (95% CI: -14.3%, -0.5%) decrease in estradiol and a 6.8% (95% CI: - 12.7%, -0.6%) decrease in estrone"


on June 06, 2011
at 05:17 AM

The exact same thing is happening to me. I've been Paleo for about 2 weeks now. My period ended a week ago, but a few days later I started getting spotting of "old" blood-- dark & lumpy. It's lightened up a bit, but still happening. I'm 26 though, so perhaps age isn't necessarily a factor. Many women say it takes a few months for their cycles to balance out once they go paleo, so for now I'm not worried.

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