I've gone through the other period threads and didn't find anything like what I'm experiencing; if I missed something, please link away!
This is my first period since going paleo. I've always been regular with predictable symptoms. I was very happy to have no breast tenderness or overall bitchiness this time. On the other hand, I had a headache that lasted 24 hours prior to starting (not typical for me) and ongoing cramps. I'm on the 3rd day and still have cramps (also not typical).
The weird part is in the consistency. I have very little blood on pads, it seems to only come out when I go to the bathroom. It is very thick and doesn't mix with the water in the toilet, like oil and water. It's not clotty, just really thick.
Any thoughts on what's going on?
You say your flow is more viscous. Usually when flow reaches this texture it is the thickest and richest part of the uterine lining shedding. Perhaps you are experiencing overgrowth of the endometrium as well as cramping due to low progesterone in relation to estrogen.
Are you perimenopausal? Do you have other symptoms of estrogen dominance?
Totally had this for two cycles and since I don't have insurance I couldn't get checked. But it went away and now my periods are hella easy in every way. I knew to wait the two cycles for hormone regulation based on some threads I found here. So about six cycles later and its still a breeze. But go to the doc if you keep bleeding and cramping for a few more days. Are you on bc? And how old are you? My periods changed after 33. And I'm not on the pill.
I am experiencing the same thing right now, except this is my 4th period since going paleo. The first one was horrendous (super heavy, super PMS/DMS) then the next two were very light and symptom-free.
This one currently, 3 days of what you're experiencing, regular flow today, but still crampy.
Have you dropped a lot of weight? Changes in periods can come from hormonal changes, which can be brought on by weight loss. I figured for me it was this, as well as my hormones adjusting (going back to normal?) due to diet/nutrition.
I'm wondering if it could be one of those detox effects that lots of people go through in different ways when going off an unhealthy diet. It's not uncommon to feel worse instead of better at first. Typical things are skin break outs and headaches. I wouldn't be surprised if cramps could also be one of those. For me, cramping for three days and irregular periods was the norm.
I had something similar when I was VLC paleo. It effected my periods immediately - the 1st one I had was unlike any other I had every had. Very unpleasant. After a couple months VLC they ended up being completely asymptomatic and hardly producing any blood at all. For that reason and several others I stopped with VLC and have been eating a more balanced diet (containing starches) for coming up on a year now. These days I have no PMS and none of the illness I used to get with my period, but my cycle is regular, has shortened a bit (27-29 days rather than 30+ as it was on SAD and VLC) and I bleed normally with just a little cramping on the 1st day. For years I had crippling cramps and felt like I had the flu for a week every month, huge improvement.
For some women, especially those without much weight to lose, periods get lighter on VLC and cycles get more erratic until they experience amenorrhea. Proceed with caution. If your periods continue to be wonky like this I'd consider it a bad sign. But time will tell!
My periods seem to be lighter and my cycle longer since going paleo. I have cramps every month, for 3-4 days. The doctor said, some women have them, some women don't. Give your body time to adjust for a couple of months. If you are still uneasy, go get checked out.
My guess is that it is part of the transition symptoms that happen when you switch to a lower carb diet and lose weight. Often people get a temporary increase in inflammation - and that can include period pain (increased inflammatory prostaglandins) Increase the amount of omega 3 you are taking for the first month or two when you start paleo eating - I've found most clients are helped by this. Omega 3 is the building block of anti-inflammatory hormones. It made a huge difference for me with eliminating menstrual cramps and also changed blood from clotty to bright red.
how old are you?
cramps are virtually always an indication of insufficient magnesium but the rest could be a variety of things from perimenopause/menopause to just variations while adapting to the different nutrition.
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