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Menstruation Questions

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by 10 · about 14 hours ago

Hey Ladies, I was wondering if anyone else has experienced a much lighter period while being paleo? I have been paleo for about 6 months and most days I practice intermittent fasting. My period lasts about 4 days and I can get away with just... (more)

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Riceball 0 · July 24, 2013 at 6:37 PM

I also experience a lighter flow. No more cramping! The flow is not tiny, but it's regular now. :D I used to have heavy flow. But I don't know about just using a liner. You don't have to use a pad? I run through those quick; not as quick as... (more)

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by 45 · about 14 hours ago

When I don't supplement with zinc, I have light periods that last about four days. This is how it's been for years. When I supplement (50mg daily) I have very heavy periods that last a full seven days. This is incredibly unusual for my body. Why... (more)

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Colin_1 0 · July 04, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Hey Hannah, that's strange. The only thing I can think of is that copper IUD's can cause the same thing, something about copper increasing the thickness of the uterus wall. Zinc and copper are antagonists so if you take a lot of zinc it will push... (more)

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by 704 · about 14 hours ago

NSAIDS are best avoided due to gut damage. I have autoimmune, so that's a double no-no for me. Yet, I've always had extremely heavy periods. About 5 years ago, my OBGYN told me to start taking 3 Advils every 4 hours, 2 days before my period... (more)

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RK 0 · May 24, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I had to have a D&C (under full anesthesia) after a particularly bad miscarriage, and the year or 2 after that was AMAZING. Normal period for the first time ever. 2 years later I got pregnant, and it was back to the monstrous bleeding after... (more)

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by 1670 · about 14 hours ago

What foods can improve estrogen levels and return cycles w/o being detrimental to health? Everything else is in the normal range (testosterone isn't high at all) and thyroid function is perfect. I just have low estrogen and I think this ceased my... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · January 26, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Avoid soy. Get your vitamin D3 level tested & sun/supplement to 60-80 ng/ml. D3 is a hormone precursor. Make sure your Zinc, Magnesium, A & K are dialed in & you are getting sufficient Paleo/Primal fats. If you give your body... (more)

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by 4283 · about 14 hours ago

My wife has been Crossfitting for 6 months now but gets a little chafe when she has to wear a pad to the gym. Any suggestions as to what to use? I suggested looking into another brand or style but being a guy I have no clue as to what she should... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · December 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Have her check this out: http://divacup.com/ Can wear for up to 12 hours and if it works for her, won't even notice that she is wearing it. Cheaper than pads or tampons in the long run. (more)

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by 121 · about 14 hours ago

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 467 · about 15 hours ago

I have an important exam coming up next month and would like it to not coincide with any of the days of my period. My periods have been better since becoming paleo, but still unpleasant and I'm afraid that would get in the way of my concentration.... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · October 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Join a sorority whose periods coincide with the dates you would like yours to be on.

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by 1418 · about 15 hours ago

I asked about this before but the answers I got were mostly for bodybuilding I think? I am female and just need more calories as I am not eating enough at all. The evidence of this is for 2 months now I have had my period come later than usual.... (more)

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Nemesis 0 · July 21, 2012 at 5:55 AM

Sneak fats into your food! Butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, nuts, etc. High calorie and satiating. Eat a sweet potato with your dinner, slather it with butter. Add a blob of coconut oil when you fry eggs in a pan. Smear some cashew or... (more)

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by 195 · about 15 hours ago

I just recently started weight training with a cross fit style coach about five weeks ago.. I did 2 weeks of twice a week, and 3 weeks of 3 times a week. I have very little body strength and we're basically working from the 'ground up'.. We lift... (more)

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Violet9 0 · June 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

1) How long have you been eating paleo? What's your carb intake like? 2) "Over-exercise shouldn't be an issue because I have plenty of body fat from being 'skinny fat'." A person can have lots of body fat and still be exercising too hard. Hard... (more)

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by 1876 · about 15 hours ago

I've been paleo/whole30 compliant since the first week of May of this year. Can anyone tell me why my period has been longer, heavier flow, worse cramps, severe breakouts, worse bloating, worse headaches - basically every common menstrual side... (more)

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blueballoon 0 · June 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I will say that for me I got a ton of relief from cramps, etc., by taking zinc and magnesium supplements. I only take the zinc a few days before and through the duration of my period. Magnesium I take daily. I also cut back on caffeine during my... (more)

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by 5 · about 15 hours ago

I am 48 years old, and always had heavy bleeding, have been diagnosed with cysts over the years, had one removed off the left ovary. Then was diagnosed with fibroids on and off, I seem to be able to keep them down with natural progesterone cream... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · June 04, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Estrogen dominance can contribute to heavy periods (and fibroids.) I highly recommend reading Dr. John Lee's book "What Your Doctor May NOT Tell you about Pre-Menopause." I linked to his site, but you can also get it on Amazon. Also, I recently... (more)

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by 1159 · about 15 hours ago

Does it make cramps worse for anyone? I'm a first time user and not having issues with inserting it properly or comfortably, but I've been under a heating pad for two and a half days now. That's not normal for me. General input welcomed. (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · June 02, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I have noticed on a few occasions when I have been in a hurry and left it slightly concave and applying what I assume is a slight amount of suction that my cramps are worse. But if I am careful to break the seal once it is where I want it and let... (more)

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by 8933 · about 15 hours ago

I live in a cool dorm, not very expensive. There are three rooms, one is taken by me, the other by a couple. The third one is empty. I cook a lot, and the kitchen is reasonably dirty, but not extreme at all. My father is quite clean, and he told... (more)

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VB 0 · April 28, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I don't know if my point of view will help, but this is my take on it: EXPLANATION: Some people are naturally messy and some people are naturally neat. It is biological and it rarely can be changed. Whatever is "squeaky clean" to one person is... (more)

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by 55 · about 15 hours ago

I was doing pretty well on my first two weeks of paleo (down 6 lbs) and then I got my period - which I am ever-so-lucky to get every 3 weeks (since last summer). Since I mysteriously started having a 21 day cycle, I seem to gain 3-5 lbs during... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · March 20, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Have you had your D level checked? D3 is a hormone precursor and you really need to have a blood level of 50-60 ng/ml for your body to create hormone balance. Also, if you aren't eating dairy, then you need to eat natto or supplement K2, eat... (more)

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by 110 · about 15 hours ago

I've been diagnosed with PCOS and want to order some hormones so I have markers to compare with in the future. Since hormones vary widely at different times in a menstrual cycle, I'm unsure what to have tested and when. Apparently FSH/LH should... (more)

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PaleoDel 0 · March 16, 2012 at 8:58 PM

I've always had everthing drawn on CD3. It will probably easier to get everything done then. I've also had estrogen and progesterone tested on subsequent days (I've had a LOT of testing for IVF), but it will be easier for you to just have one... (more)

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by 1448 · about 15 hours ago

I have been paleo for 6 months with the exception of the holiday cheating and occasionally eating a little rice and beans maybe once a week. Overall I feel great! more energy, better skin, weight loss, muscle tone..blah blah blah...My son will be... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · March 10, 2012 at 4:28 AM

Your hormone levels post-partum can fluctuate significantly for lots of reasons. Are you nursing full-time? If so, you may need to eat more calories. How's your Vitamin D level? Do you eat organ meats & bone broths? You may have some... (more)

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by 103 · about 15 hours ago

Greetings to all the ladies: I've been noticing that when I eat more sugar (desserts, sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, rapadura/sucanat; but not whole foods like sweet potatoes/fruits), my periods tend to be more uncomfortable (bloating,... (more)

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Jackie_4 0 · December 22, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Ever since I stopped taking the pill this past May, I noticed that my cramps are barely existent if I am eating clean, and even if I do increase my sugars, as the cravings are there, and I tend to give in a little, I try to keep it to dates. But... (more)

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by 15 · about 15 hours ago

I was always a very healthy weight even in the days when I ate sugar and grains(around 127 at 5' 8''). But I was having health problems--poor sleep, skin, knee aches, meloncholy to say the least..etc, so this last spring I cut out grains and... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · September 22, 2011 at 3:03 AM

This is not good on any level. Time to add back in some carbs/calories! I think this sums it up pretty well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amenorrhoea Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea *Women who go through significant weight loss, dieting, or... (more)

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by 95 · about 15 hours ago

Hi girls :) (and others reading!) Does anyone else get significant dairy cravings around that certain time of the month? Mine are crazy strong, and usually end up caving in and having some milk - which I really don't want to keep doing, because... (more)

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Alchemille 0 · August 13, 2011 at 5:43 AM

Milk contains lactose which is a type of sugar,,, You could try eating more root veggies which would satisfy your sweet tooth (Or try baked goods with chestnut flour or plantain flour). I read that eating fermented foods (lacto-fermented veggies... (more)

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by 1025 · about 15 hours ago

I saw this touched on a bit in other threads, but wondering with all the talk of going to bed early and using black out curtains if we are losing something from not bathing in the light of the moon, so to speak. I know moonlight will help... (more)

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Jack_Kronk 0 · August 01, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Moonlight? What you really mean is sunlight being reflected. The moon is pitch black without the light from the sun. Might the gravity have an actual physical effect? Possibly. As for having an emotional response toward the moon, people like to... (more)

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by 2854 · about 15 hours ago

After years of veganism, my body stopped menstruating, and this was one of the reasons for my switch to paleo (in 2008). The switch was primarily for health reasons, not for weight loss. Beginning, I was 5'7" and ~132 lbs (unsure of bf%, but I can... (more)

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Jenni_1 0 · June 02, 2011 at 8:57 AM

First of all, congratulations on getting your period back! Amenorrhea (loss of period) has serious side effects, including loss in bone density, and of course, due to lack of ovulation, it is a form of infertility. I am currently being treated for... (more)

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by 828 · about 15 hours ago

Sorry for the rambling question, but I???m at my wit???s end. I???m 24, F (obvi), 5???7, 135 lbs, zero pregnancies. I haven???t had my period for three years. I lost it after losing about 40 lbs (from 190 to 150) and quitting The Pill because I... (more)

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Dr__Ryan 0 · May 18, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Whew, there is a lot going on here girl. I think that I might be able to help you some, but my primary recommendation is to seek a holistic professional such as a chiropractor with wellness credentials or a functional medicine doc. Sounds like you... (more)

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by 892 · about 15 hours ago

Hey all, hopefully some of you can give me advice about a problem I'm facing. I'm a 20 year old college student, and I've been doing paleo for about a year. Last semester I started doing IF too--it was pretty effective, and I lost about 15 pounds... (more)

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Stabby 0 · May 07, 2011 at 12:00 AM

The cure appears to be getting enough leptin to signal food availability to the hypothalamus. How to do that is to consistently eat a high calorie diet that spikes insulin several times a day, or leptin therapy works too. If you have been... (more)

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by 250 · about 15 hours ago

Here's a bizarre development on my Paleo progress: I've had two extra "mini" periods in between my standard cycles. The first one was the first month I started Paleo and I had at least two weeks where I had "breakthrough" bleeding before my actual... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · April 27, 2011 at 7:06 PM

How long have you been paleo? It can take months for a person's body to regulate properly on paleo. I'm 6 or 7 months in and still regulating. What I find now is that the slightest gluten will f#ck me up for a few days. In order to really figure... (more)

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by 65 · about 16 hours ago

I've been semi-paleo (about 80%) for about 10 months. I started a really clean, strict 30 day challenge 10 days ago. I have celiacs disease and over the last 10 months I have been cheating here and there eating glutenous foods and occasionally... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · October 29, 2010 at 12:22 AM

Have you read about my anti-diarrhea diet? I'd follow that protocol until the diarrhea goes away and then add in some meat, eggs, and fish. Monotonous, but it really does work. (more)

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