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by 0 · May 31, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Female, 24 years old.SYMPTOMS:Amenorrhea - started getting periods every 2-3 months (for about a year), then entire loss of menstruation last September. Nothing since. IBS - IBS symptoms (inability to digest basically anything without pain, BMs... (more)

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coco_nutrition 0 · May 31, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Matt hit the nail on the head. Your energy intake is far less than needed for maintaining, regulating, and repairing your body. No periods or libido is a red flag -- it's your body's way of going in to "triage" mode. Since reproduction isn't a top... (more)

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by 0 · April 08, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Hello everyone! I'm new here and thought I'd jump right in and see if any other ladies have experienced this. About a year ago I "got serious" on my quest for health with an ill-advised 1400-1600/cal day, low fat, chronic cardio sort of... (more)

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StringBeany 0 · April 08, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Dude, yeah, eat up. I had it for two years of college - started January freshman year when I was kicking my ass back into shape for XC. Sophmore year walked on the cross country team at ~122lb. for 5'9". Just got it back this January (Junior... (more)

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by 20 · February 16, 2014 at 7:25 AM

I am a 49 year old woman with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. I've been on and off various forms of paleo for about a year and a half, and thought I'd just had a very easy menopause a couple of years ago, periods basically stopped. ... (more)

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fiftyplus 0 · February 16, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Hi 57 here and post menopausal. I have had exactly the same experience although I wasn't eating paleo then but I have almost always eaten a mostly healthy diet had no special illness but my period stopped for almost a year then appeared again... (more)

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by 0 · December 19, 2013 at 7:06 AM

I've been eating grain free for a couple of years and eating primal (1 cup of homemade yogurt and a little butter daily and the occasional bit of cheese) for the past year. I have had amenorrhea (no periods) for a year now - coinciding with... (more)

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by 0 · October 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Just curious about soy - a huge argument against it is the production of excess estrogen. However, if someone is struggling with hypothalamic amenorrhea and is advised to go on birth control to help with low estrogen levels, could eating organic... (more)

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by 164 · September 16, 2013 at 3:30 AM

I have always been a very un-hairy person - I can get away with a few waxes a year to keep my legs hair free. I also have never had hair on my arms. Really, my arms have always been hairless. But recently I've noticed that my leg hair has... (more)

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by 1580 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

So, I am now experiencing secondary amenorrhea for the 3rd time in my life! 1st time was when I was 17 and went from 110 to 90 pounds in quite a short space of time. Periods returned when I gained back the weight. Amenorrhea for about 5... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Hi everyone, I am 18 years old, and have had secondary amenorrhea for nearly one a a half years. This began since I moved to a new city last year to begin my undergraduate studies. Due to the high demands of my course, I was very stressed out,... (more)

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cavebitch 0 · May 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Hi Sammy, I had anorexia for a while, which led to secondary amenorrhea. I got my first period (pre-anorexia) at 90 lbs/41 kg. Fast forward a little bit, and I dropped to 78lbs/35kgs. In case it's not obvious, this is when I lost my period. The... (more)

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by 11683 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I am on the pill and yet my period is over a week late. There is no chance I could be pregnant. I did start a new job recently, so I'm thinking stress might be the culprit. My weight has stayed the same. What might be some other possible... (more)

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Heidi_1 0 · March 25, 2013 at 2:50 AM

Stress is usually the number one culprit. Over eating or changes in eating patterns, hormonal changes (not just the usual female hormones but also insulin, etc.), aging (are you in your mid-30's or older?), over-exercising, illness, changes in... (more)

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by 25 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I'm a 26 year old female, 5'6 113 pounds. I switched from ULC GAPs to PHD with starches in September 2012. Current symptoms include: -Ammenorrhea (1 year of no period) -food sensitivities (FODMAPs, histamines) symptoms of leaky gut, fatigue and... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · March 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Has your LH been measured? I'm wondering about PCOS (no, you don't have to be obese to have PCOS--I was just as amenorrheic at 113 lbs.), and if that's the case the volumes of so-called "safe starches" on PHD may be part of the problem. It would... (more)

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by 871 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Hello Community, I have been searching for some answers recently regarding my health. I had all my hormones checked (previous blood work posts) and I am at the bottom of the barrel with all sex hormones, I have amenorrhea, not ovulating and no... (more)

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by 65 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

-I've had amenorrhea for about... 3 1/2 years. -I did in fact have a ED for a couple of those years. (eh...) -I'm at a recovered weight (5.1" ... maybe 5.2" - 113lbs - muscular build/medium build - 17 years old). -Started eating "my paleo"... (more)

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CelticCaveGirl 0 · February 09, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Eat more carbs, or eat more calories, or both I went low cal VLC paleo and lost my period for more than a year. I was on 1200 cals/day, 30g-40g carbs/day. I was gave myself hypothyroidism and my god it was miserable! I added both more cals and... (more)

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by 1579 · September 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM

I have been diagnosed with hypothalamic amenorrhea based on a blood test that showed low estrogen and normal FSH, LH, and progesterone. I have had one period (a year ago) in the past 2 years. I started paleo a little over 2 years ago, at 119 lbs... (more)

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CelticCaveGirl 0 · February 15, 2013 at 7:50 PM

You are too thin. Sorry. I know exactly how you feel, about not wanting to be bigger. I'm your height and 115-120, and if I was your weight I wouldn't be having periods either. I lost mine on VLC paleo for a year and had to add carbs,... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

I've been paleo for some time. Almost 3 years ago, before I went paleo, I lost my period. I am 5'11"; at the time, I was maybe 155lbs. I have since lost a significant amount of weight (I'm about 135lbs now). However, since I lost my period when I... (more)

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Chrysaetos 0 · December 12, 2012 at 1:56 AM

From a clinical perspective, you're almost underweight. I don't think that is healthy in the long run, nor is it sustainable. People who are young, not insulin-resistant, and have no serious hormonal issues tend to remain within a certain... (more)

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by 121 · September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

First off, I apologize if this question isn't specifically about the Paleo diet. I'm a 20 year old female, 109 lbs at 5'1. I've had amennorhea for the past three-ish years, with an intermittent period or two thrown in. I eat low-carb paleo,... (more)

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CoconutBliss 0 · November 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Are you on the pill or have taken the pill in the last few years? This can throw your cycle out of whack when you come off it... up to 18 months in fact. The biggest concern in long term amenorrhea is estrogen-deficiency which can result in... (more)

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by 173 · September 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM

I'm fifteen. I lost my period about a year ago because I lost too much weight unhealthily, and a blood test last year showed that my female hormone levels were too low. I have since gone back up to my regular weight where, in the past, I was... (more)

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Maria_8 0 · October 25, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Similar situation (although 22 not 15): I don't know any solution, but I would NOT suggest birth control pills. The reason is that birth control pills don't actually give you a period in the same way that your normal cycle would: when they were... (more)

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by 1173 · September 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM

I have been struggling with debilitating brain fog for most of the year. I feel like an idiot most of the time, make stupid mistakes, can hardly pay attention or focus.I dropped almost 20lbs and lost my period about the same time the brain fog... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · October 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Sounds like acute pregnenolone steal syndrome causing a low Progesterone to E2 ratio. Brain gut 9 and 12 explain this is some detail. When progesterone is low in the brain it means cortisol is too high from the PVN. This means you live in the... (more)

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by 1670 · September 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

I am a bit befuddled as to why this has even happened. My doctor thinks that it is because I do not carry enough fat on my body, but I have to disagree. I may be athletic and lean, but I find myself at a health body weight of 105 and I am 5'2". I... (more)

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anonymous_12 0 · October 11, 2012 at 3:11 AM

This is a complicated issue. This is my take. Please consider that "fat burning beast" mode, or ketosis or whatever, is sending your brain the message that you are starving even if you are eating a ton of coconut oil. Starvation isn't ideal for... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Hi. I've started to get worried regarding my period. Started aged 12. Irregular till 17. Then no period since, I'm 30 now. Recently I get fresh blood (tiny amounts that don't even get to pants, notice it when been to toilet) but I have been... (more)

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PaleoDel 0 · September 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Hon, you need to see a doctor ASAP. When was the last time you saw an Ob/Gyn? Check with your doctor, but they will probably want to refer you to an endocrinologist for sure, and possibly an RE if you want to have children. They can do amazing... (more)

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by 1173 · September 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

I haven't had a period in about 9 months after I lost some weight earlier this year. however, I was surprised by my latest blood test results which said I have the estradiol of a man or post-menopausal woman. estradiol <15 testosterone, total... (more)

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sarah_79 0 · March 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I'm also not surprised you are not getting a period at that body fat %. That is very, very low. I don't know much about the blood work, but I was in the same situation as you once (had no period for almost 4 years) I had similar blood results and... (more)

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by 173 · September 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Hi there, so my dilemma is this: I'm currently 15. In around July 2012 I severely screwed up my body by eating too little and running too much and I dropped about 20lbs in a very unhealthy manner. Think no fat, very little meat, mostly tofu and... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · September 15, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Hormones can take a while to re-balance. The body isn't a mechanical system, so the weight you were when you lost your period may not be the same weight you need to be to regain your period. You may need to get your weight/body fat up to... (more)

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by 35 · September 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Hello! I just had my cholesterol measured for the first time the other day, and as my situation is a little messy, I thought I'd post to see if anyone might have some thoughts. I'm 23, 5'6", and currently 120 pounds. Dealt with a mild eating... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · August 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Elevated cholesterol is typical for blood lipid panels in anorexics. It is normal, and may be a protective mechanism. Do not worry about your cholesterol/blood lipids, focus on getting to a healthier body weight, and things will level out in... (more)

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by 290 · September 16, 2014 at 7:47 PM

So here's my dilemma. I've been paleo for about a year now. My periods have been regular since I started menstruating (not like clockwork, but I get 12/year one way or another). I'm 21, 5'7" and 160 lbs. For some reason I've missed my last two... (more)

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coffeesnob 0 · June 06, 2012 at 5:08 AM

Paleo cured my amenorrhea, which I developed from low-fat, low-cal disordered eating for 4 months. When I had amenorrhea, my BMI and body fat values were normal. It's highly individual. Your body may think it has lost too much weight, or you are... (more)

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by 214 · September 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

So I know that this information does exist somewhere, although I had tried to search and of course my question is rather particular to me so I did not find anything that quite answered it. So here it goes: I am 5'7", currently weight 151, have... (more)

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Jazzbay 0 · April 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I am sure more people will chime in here, but I can say for myself that 1400 calories with that much exercise would not be enough. I would be craving fats too! You can have lack of periods and be holding on to weight/gaining easily if you don't... (more)

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by 7967 · September 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

My good friend has been a strict vegan for 3 or 4 years, and a vegetarian since she was 14 (over a decade). She was on birth control most of that time, went off it a year ago, and hasn't had her period once since. She also is generally a mess;... (more)

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blueballoon 0 · January 23, 2012 at 1:24 AM

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that cutting out soy would probably help immensely. Also adding things like coconut oil and avocados. (This just coming from my own experience, anecdotal evidence all.) My hormones regulated after getting rid... (more)