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Just a little update, about, ohhh, almost 2 years later. Cutting out grains, specifically wheat, has almost stopped all mid cycle bleeding. I spot during ovulation, and 2 days before Aunt Flo shows up. This past October I had to eat wheat again to go in for a celiac test, and low and behold; depression, eczema, anxiety and spotting all showed up at my front door. By week 7 of eating it, it was full force depression back. BTW, my test came back inconclusive. I'd have to go in for a biopsy to be sure if I have celiac. Screw it. I feel better without wheat. Don't need no biopsy to tell me that.

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I can go carb crazy (and not the good kind) during that part of my cycle. I hadn't put to much thought into macros beofre but will pay more attention to it this time. I know I really need magnesium (used to be chocolate cravings but am trying to eat more nuts then) and the fat makes sense. Great posts!

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I thought this resource/link should be included here... I found it a fascinating read:

PCOS Unlocked
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I'm right there with ya - off the charts stress + bad eating this cycle has me an emotional wreck, and I don't start for another 3-4 days. Whee!!

It's no mystery to me how much food impacts my cycle and my mood!



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Ate too much sugar last cycle (oh those holiday goodies) and had BAD cramps for three whole days. Spotting has still pretty much left midcycle thanks to cutting out grains (although I still may get ovulatory spotting for 1 or 2 days).

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Hey all... just wanted to resurrect this thread to share this article:

www.paleoforwomen.com/flax-marijuana-and-4
4-other-phytoestrogen-sources-you-migh
t-not-know-youre-consuming/


Surprising list of foods that have a high phytoestrogen content... some I knew, but others I didn't, like dried dates and apricots - two yummy snacks and great to include in paleoified dessert foods. Since a lot of us have issues with PMS (and I know *I* have estrogen dominance issues) It's good to limit foods that contain high quantities of phytoestrogens - at least we all know to avoid soy!!

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One other thought I had on this: the 'quality' of 'that' time - in other words the presence or absence of symptoms like PMS, cramping, bloating, being a massive bee-yatch, etc. - is directly related to how much fat I can cram in my diet between ovulation and when my cycle starts.

Basically, if I increase the amount of fat I eat during that time, there seems to be little to no symptoms (as I sit here munching on my avocado 'deviled' eggs... num!). If I don't extra fat, I seem to have more symptoms. Granted, there's times like now that I'm in super fat craving mode, so that helps. There's other times when things are going along fine and the body doesn't give me any signals to eat more and *bam* I get PMS in a bad way.

It makes sense, considering the body needs fat, and especially cholesterol to make the hormones but I seem to develop this amnesia of what I need to do from month to month. Duh! :)

Anywho, just wanted to throw it out there for what it's worth. :)

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Whoo hoo!!!

I'm still dealing with wonkiness... I just got a horomonal test done on day 21 of my cycle and my estrogen was off the chart high, and my progesterone was barely showing up for the party. Explains so much!

My thyroid was a bit high as well - the RT3/T3 ratio indicated it was being undertreated but estrogen can block so many receptors and cause it's own problems, it's best to deal with that first, then see about switching Thyroid treatments.

So my doc has increased the progesterone dose and I started on that last night. Hoping that helps things but I do know I slept like a ROCK last night! I usually wake up around 5-ish and this morning I didn't wake up till a little after 6, right before my alarm went off. That's a happy thing! We'll see how this cycle goes!

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Take the words “genetic freak” out of your vocabulary and substitute the words “hard working, committed, and focused” and you will have removed one obstacle to doing things you never thought possible. Top Dawg

The BOSS Rules: Train Beyond Our Self-imposed Strength Limitations.

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
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Ok, so this will likely be the last update, but I had some VERY interesting results!

Cycle #4 ended and it was the best period ever! EVER!

It was a 32 day cycle (from 28), lasted only FOUR days (from 6-7), NO cramps (used to jepordize my having to call in sick), NO heavy period (changing every hour), NO cravings and was over before I knew it! I didn't need a SINGLE pain killer!!!!!!!

THANK YOU PALEO!!!!!!

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LOL! Hate the effect/affect debate... hangs me up most the time too. :)

So excited that things are starting to even out for you! It's amazing how much nutrition really does help everything. The body is so delicate that an imalance here or there can throw everything out of whack.

I'm going to be doing hormonal and thyroid testing in a few days to check where my levels are. I know my adrenals are extra taxed right now with some home/money stress and I'm guessing my hypothyroidism is under treated, but if the estrogen is getting in the way, its not gonna do me much good to try and fix that just yet. A friend of mine sent me an interesting article: chriskresser.com/5-thyroid-patterns-that-w
ont-show-up-on-standard-lab-tests
and in #3 it talks about estrogen blocking thyroid conversion, and #5 talks about chronic stress causing thyroid resistance... while I've been working to correct a /low/ cortisol problem causd by adrenal fatigue, there might be a bit of this in the mix too.

So yeah, my endocrine system is broked, but at least its not beyond repair! :)

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Take the words “genetic freak” out of your vocabulary and substitute the words “hard working, committed, and focused” and you will have removed one obstacle to doing things you never thought possible. Top Dawg

The BOSS Rules: Train Beyond Our Self-imposed Strength Limitations.

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
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My ibs has pretty much dissappeared and I no longer have to watch my fructose intake as strictly as before (a major cause of most ibs issues).

Ok, so cycle 3 is over. Much easier this time, but odd. EXTREMELY heavy flow the first 2 days and then 4 days of almost spotting as it was so light! PMS was REALLY bad 3 days before. I had to apologize to everyone around me as I was such a bitch, but I blame the sugar loaded peanut m&ms I had during the same time (sugar causes pms for me).

I had some mid cycle spotting was during ovulation which is normal. I think this was the first cycle that I didn't spot almost the entire time! I DID notice that the days I did spot randomly, I had had potato chips or corn products the day before. I think the proof is in the pudding that grains really DO effect (affect?) the endocrine system.

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This story belongs here, I think:

www.marksdailyapple.com/overcoming-the-ins
urmountable/#axzz25XZeEuuZ



'An Apple A Day' keeps the doctor away...
www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-bluep
rint-101/#axzz28X8ooJ1H



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All my digestive problems (significant and chronic for the last 30 years... IBS, indigestion, GERD) have simply gone away (so have both my husband's and daughter's)... it took a month... and the longer I am Paleo, the more salty and sweet natural food tastes to me... I use salt only when I find myself retaining water (imbalanced electrolytes).

You CAN do this!


'An Apple A Day' keeps the doctor away...
www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-bluep
rint-101/#axzz28X8ooJ1H



NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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I hope it'll help. Maybe i'll offically start Paleo September 1st. I won't be on my period and it'll be a whole month. cause this salt craving is insane. I even over salted stir fry last night. my finace couldn't handle it (he has a sensative pallett) LOL i think it tasted great!!
has going paleo helped anyones digestive problems?


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Unikarm, yes, it helps with cravings, took about a full month for me to realize I wasn't craving carbs as much or sweets. However, I fell off the band wagon 2 weeks ago and I'm having a hard time trying to \kick the sugar habit again... The last time I was able to do it, I did one week of an atkins type induction and that seemed to help. I may need to do that again....

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Here are a few more links that may be useful on this thread:

• Shaking Up the Salt Myth (read all five parts of the series to get the whole picture)
chriskresser.com/shaking-up-the-salt-myth-
healthy-salt-recommendations



The Physiology of Women’s Weight Loss
From: Paleo for Women

• Part I: Estrogen
www.paleoforwomen.com/the-physiology-of-wo
mens-weight-loss-part-i-estrogen/


• Part II: Appetite and Weight Regulation
www.paleoforwomen.com/the-physiology-of-wo
mens-weight-loss-part-ii-appetite-and-
weight-regulation/


• Women, Weight Loss, and Modern America: A World in Need of Revolution
www.paleoforwomen.com/women-weight-loss-an
d-modern-america-a-world-in-need-of-an
-evolution-revolution/


• The Healthiest, Happiest, Easiest Weight Loss in the World
www.paleoforwomen.com/the-healthiest-happi
est-easiest-way-to-lose-weight/





'An Apple A Day' keeps the doctor away...
www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-bluep
rint-101/#axzz28X8ooJ1H



NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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@UNIKARM:
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Don't be too hard on yourself. Crazy hormones will drive you to do/eat insane things (I can actually see how those fried cheerios would be appealing, LOL)!

To answer your question, YES, yes, yes... Paleo will ELIMINATE your cravings, but it will take some time... 3-4 weeks at least. In the meantime, adding more good fat (avocadoes, coconut oil, olives, olive oil) and upping your protein will help your body transition (though doing it in the middle of period may not be the easiest time to start).

Salty snacks that may help right away are things like olives, celery (naturally high in sodium) with nut butter (I LOVE pumpkin butter or almond butter), avocadoes and fresh salsa, hard boiled eggs... don't be afraid to eat... if you stick to clean stuff and keep your carbs at around 100 grams a day, it is very unlikely you will gain weight no matter how much you eat. Start your day with bacon and eggs... eat until you are full... don't go around hungry, and once your period is done, plot out your plan.

Also, it's important to note that eating clean and eating Paleo you require more sodium, so your craving could well be just telling you that you need more salt. This blog entry will give you an idea of what might help... VALKYRIE is VERY knowledgable:

A Plea to Please Read Dietary Books Before Jumping In
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=4974378


Hang in there... it truly does get better!
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Edited by: _RAMONA at: 8/25/2012 (04:23)

'An Apple A Day' keeps the doctor away...
www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-bluep
rint-101/#axzz28X8ooJ1H



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www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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This may have already been said. But how do you deal with CRAVINGS.does going Paleo really help with that?

Seriously i decided to go paleo last week and found that it's really delish. Then.....I started my period...i took myself off of birth control because i think it's what's causing some of my stomach problems.
When i was taking it i hardly had a period and it hasn't even been a month and it is BACK craving cramps and all.

I seriously crave CARBS and SALT. usually i would binge on cheetos or pringels but now since i'm trying to eat healthy i don't have those in the house and don't want them in the house or i'd eat them all. my boyfriend does though along with cereal...and another thing!!

i've been frying cheerios in olive oil with lawery's salt..emoticon

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Gotcha. :) I do my temps at waking then at 3, 6, and 9 hours post wake up to see the overall trend...then again, I'm monitoring for adrenal and thyroid function rather than fertility. :)

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Ladyrose, I just temp in the am and then monitor the lady fluids throughout the day... lol

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Abbe,

Welcome aboard and there's lots of anectodal stories about Paleo curing PCOS... one of the best stories is on Marks Daily Apple www.marksdailyapple.com/tons-of-doctors-an
d-no-solution/#axzz24DLvKKAs


Just go to Robb Wolf's page or MDA and type in PCOS and you'll find a lot of info... also the PrimalParent site that _Ramona linked to at the beginning of this thread has her unconventional approach to curing her PCOS.

Steph
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That's awesome about the temps... that's actually a sign that your adrenals are stabilizing as well... which corresponds with your hormones stabilizing. WHoo hoo!!

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Are you just doing the morning/basal temperature or doing it at different points during the day to get an average?

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Just a little update on things...
As some of you know, I chart my temps for birth control. Before going paleo, my temps were all over the place (literally, it would look like my body temp was bi-polar, high highs, low lows). Anyways, I'm on day 10 right now of my cycle and everyday except for one (and I'm trying to think if I ate anything the day before that might be out of place) has been one steady temp.

This is VERY exciting for me as for the last 3 years since quitting the pill, I would spot almost EVERY DAY of my cycle, from ovulation til period. Its almost to the point where yesterday I was wondering if my battery in the thermometer was dying, but it changed temps when I checked at night (which is normal).

I did end up having a much heavier than normal flow around days 2-3, but I guess with the severe cramps I had, that was expected to happen.

Toodles

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I'm so happy to have come across this blog. I have been somewhat Paleo for a little while now, still working on a couple things and have been not eaten grains, gluten, sugar (for the most part/cut down drastically) for a while now, maybe 1.5 years. Also try to eat as organically as possible.

I'm 36, have had 5 stents and somewhat severe heart disease and now, 3 years after surgery and diagnosis, I am healthier than ever. I still have a ways to go though. I was on the pill for about 10+ years, starting for regulating my periods as I would only get them about 3 times per year. I was married for a while and went through the beginning processes of infertility treatments, to no avail. Good thing, since we are no longer together. Now, my boyfriend and I are starting this again. I was told this week that I have PCOS. So, to hear that Paleo can really help with this, I am more determined than ever to get on the Paleo Train. I KNOW it's the best way to live/eat...I KNOW I feel my best when I'm eating right.My bf has been a huge advocate of Paleo and general nutrition and health and has helped me so much to understand why I need to eat/not eat certain things. I am somewhat on the discouraged side of getting pregnant, since I have seemingly so much stacked against me: age, weight, PCOS, heart disease. But, I'm NOT giving up. I've always wanted to be a Mother and I'm going to do everything I can to make that happen.

Thank you all for your stories about this topic and sharing your journeys.

Will stay in touch.

Thanks again,

-Abbe :)

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PRUSSIANETTE - thank you for sharing your experiences (and I'm shocked you actually read the community rules! LOL!)

It's sad that the medical community is slow to recognize the benefits of a gluten/grain free, real food way of eating and living. I'm 99.99% sure that your 'easy' menopause is due to your nutrition, as well as other lifestyle factors. The horrible PMS and menopausal symptoms that women now wear as some twisted badge of honor is. not. normal. That's your body saying somethings wrong on the inside - usually too low fat, and serious hormonal imbalance caused by a boat load of factors.

So glad you figured it out early!! :)

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I only recently went Paleo, but have been gluten free for 12 years due to Celiac Disease. The first thing I noticed is that within a couple months the migraine headaches that I used to get during my period had disppeared and never returned.

Cramps and heavy flow, however, continued. Then I found by accident that Pine Bark extract worked wonders for my cramps. Unfortunately, I can't post which brand I used that was most effective (I tried a couple different brands), as I think it is not allowed in the community rules, but I have to tell you it was so effective that I actually had an "accident" because I didn't even realize I had gotten my period.

I am post-menopausal now, and went through it with literally only a couple hot flashes. I had no problems with sleeping at night as many menopausal women complaing about. Personally, I think being gluten-free was the reason, but I guess that would be hard to "prove".



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:(

Honestly, I'd say it was the time for awful, wonky periods - this month I was put through the wringer!! Massive cramps, hormonal headache/nausea, super heavy flow, etc. Felt like I was back in high school again. :(

Stick it out, and don't let this get you down.

The down-ish side is having to wait another month to see how the body responds to getting treated better. :)

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Well, today was day 3 and my flow was SUPER heavy and not only that, I still have cramps (before paleo, I only had one day of cramps) and super hungry. I binged on chips and sugar... I tried to be good but it didn't happen. So much for my experiment. emoticon

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Sarah - I think it's awesome that you're getting so detailed! Keeping track of all the little details will help so much in the long run.

My $.02 is that your body is in an adjustment phase and your cycle will continue to "evolve". It'll be interesting to see how the eating change impacts it in the long run. I know this month was absolutely hideous for me, but sort of take it as a good sign that maybe my hormones are finally kicking back in. Sometimes the changes are positive and encouraging, others just lay you out flat, but even the downside has some good in it. :)

I would continue to take Magnesium in general, even in a smaller dose, just for overall good health. Unfortunately our modern agriculture has stripped the Mg from food and we desperately need it.

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Ok, so I'm on cycle #2 of going paleo and heres what I've noticed;
its a bit more of a lighter flow than usual and for once, there are no clots at all. However, cramps are much worse than usual and last 2 days. I also ovulated 4 days later than usual, but my luteal temps were a bit shorter, lasting only 12 days, so overall, my cycle was only 2 days longer than usual.

I was still not ravenously hungry, nor was I craving anything during the pms stage, but, I did eat a couple of caramilk bars (I was bored and they were there, I"m a boredom eater...) and had a slice of pizza (my biggest temptation food), all about 3 days before hand.

I will also mention that I used to take magnesium citrate for constant nightly leg cramps, but I haven't taken it this month at all since the cramps have completely disappeared. I've read that if I'm having period cramps, to take the magnesium though as this may help. I just drink a couple of raspberry leaf teas and I'm good in a few hours.

Again, sorry if its too much info, but I'm a scientist by heart and record all observations lol.

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Sarah,

thank you for bringing all this up .. it's inspired me to explore this even more, and it really confirmed what I thought - there is a definite connection between the pill and adrenal fatigue.

The function of any birth control pill/device is to stop the egg from hanging out on the uterus lining so it can meet up with the sperm to be fertilized. When the egg has no place to hang out, it just leaves the body (if it's released at all) and little to no progesterone is created. When no progesterone is created, the estrogen is unopposed in the system and can cause all sorts of problems

www.johnleemd.com/store/estrogen_dom.html

Things like mineral deficiencies, mood swings, sluggish metabolism, headaches/migraines, insomnia, etc., basically a lot of cross over symptoms.

I really liked Dr. Rind's expliantion form his site www.drrind.com/therapies/estrogen-dominanc
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The Estrogen Dominance / Adrenal Fatigue Connection

Adrenal fatigue and ED are very similar in their symptom presentation and share a lot in common. Most women who have one tend to have the other to some degree. They have the following relationship:

* Progesterone goes on to become cortisol as well as other hormones.
* Most ED is due to insufficient progesterone and therefore there is a low cortisol production.
* Most adrenal fatigue involves an inability to keep up with cortisol production.
* When the adrenals are stressed, the increased need for cortisol depletes the progesterone levels used in making cortisol. As more progesterone is shunted or sequestered to make cortisol, less is available to balance off the estrogen. Another common reason for low progesterone levels is an anovulatory cycle (a menstrual cycle in which there is no ovulation). Without the ovulation there is no corpus luteum to make additional progesterone for the cycle. The lowered progesterone level leaves us with an excessive estrogenic effect due to deficiency of progesterone.
* In summary, fixing adrenal function and estrogen dominance go hand-in-hand and it is therefore difficult to fix one while ignoring the other.

(as a side note, I know my body loooves the progesterone - probably because it's been so deficient in that hormone for at least half my life or more.)

Dr. Lam also has a fantastic article on Estrogen Dominance www.drlam.com/articles/estrogen_dominance.
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(and a lot of great articles on adrenal fatigue as well) (all though he basically advocates for a plant based diet, rather than meat)

One thing I realized was that I basically shot myself in the foot when I got a tubal right after coming off of hormonal birth control without giving my body the chance to recover and balance out naturally. I found out that a tubal will decrease progesterone production by 50%... problem is when you have little to no natural production, then decrease it, all heck breaks loose! Mine slowly built over time and then add stress, over caffinating, high sugar consumption and over training/exercises, it was a time bomb waiting to go off and it did... in the form of a massive adrenal crash/burn out... a few times before I got smart and stopped doing all the things that were causing it and allowed the body to heal.

So I'm still a bit behind the 8 ball, but my body has a much better chance than it did before.

So, Sarah, Thank you again for posting the TMI question so I could dig a bit further and look for more answers!

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I never went on the pill my whole life (had 5 children) because as a teenager I was very into being wild and natural and not taking anything into my body which felt fake etc. I am lucky that this has been so.

At 50 with no menopause signs yet at all (although I am sure they will come, I have been expecting them since I was 40) I stil get PMT. It is better when I eat well/paleo, am outside, in sun, exercising, moving which is not of course how my or most people's jobs are.

I don't eat dairy or grains. i feel a lot of paleo sites are too male so thanks for the links below.

One of my adult children just came off the pill for the first time in 7 or 8 years. Not sure if she feels better or not yet. I had better ask but I'm glad she has.



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emoticon INDEED!!!

See, I was so long in the camp of - I don't want to have kids anyway, so what's the big? And all this wonkiness is probably unrelated to these other issues, right? *rolls eyes*

Helloooo the body is one big delicate machine - one imbalance throws everything off!

I was young and really didn't care/want to know, and no one told me different.

As for the connection between the pill and adrenal fatigue, I'm convinced now there is a huge connection. Most pills have progestin and estradol, which really _block_ the body's natural progesterone and estrogen. (Dr. Lee has a couple of great books on menopause and pre-menopause that go into the details. I have this one: www.amazon.com/What-Your-Doctor-About-Prem
enopause/dp/0446673803/ref=sr_1_3?ie=U
TF8&qid=1343842068&sr=8-3&keywords=dr+lee
) If natural hormones aren't created, and we don't give the body the proper nutrition (and/or there's gut issues) the adrenals have to go into overdrive to work... add to it extra coffee, sugar, less sleep, extra stress, and you're in for a world of hurt. You may not feel it on the surface, but allergies, sinus issues, fatigue, cravings, mood swings, etc... all signs of massive hormonal imbalance and adrenal's on a burnout course.

Also came across a comment in Mrs Primal Parent's blog on rebuiling fertility theprimalparent.com/2011/09/05/rebuilding-
fertility-after-the-birth-control-pill/
that blew me away. The last paragraph is the kicker: the pill is inflammatory.

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I’m in a similar position to you in terms of taking all the right supplements and being about 90% compliant with paleo/primal eating, but the problem for me seems to be dairy, combined with gut-health imbalances which taking a probiotic doesn’t eradicate. I’m currently researching different candida diets and considering doing a detox, but there’s a lot of misinformation out there about candida and I’m cautious. With dairy though, I never seemed to have an intolerance to dairy before, but that was when I was eating “normal” (grains, vegetable oils, sugar.) The thing with dairy is that I didn’t think I was intolerant because I wasn’t eating it regularly, and the relationship between dairy and skin isn’t instant, so you think to yourself “gosh, I haven’t eaten any chocolate or desserts or whatever, so what could be causing this breakout?” I felt like an idiot when I finally realized it was probably the lattes I was having a few times a week, or the occasional piece of cheese, or gelato, or or or…but all of this fell under my 10% cheat allowance.

Also, even if it isn’t dairy, what seems to happen is that going primal/paleo removes a bunch of inflammatory foods, thereby reducing a lot of inflammation, but it means you’re then far more sensitive to anything else inflammatory, and then there are underlying conditions that can flare up when before, when you were eating non-foods, you either just didn’t notice or your body was insensitive to those conditions. Kinda like how insulin resistance means you *don’t* experience a conscious bad reaction to carbs, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t doing your body damage. Where this fits in with the pill is that it can be inflammatory, and it messes with your hormonal balance, so coming off the pill might expose and/or create problems that weren’t there before.



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Morning everyone! I have to say, I really appreciate this thread (I hope Sarah is getting as much out of it as she hoped, lol).

One of my frustrations my whole life is that my hormonal issues were only ever looked at in terms of my infertility... and that's not a problem unless you really want to have children, right? As long as you aren't actively trying to conceive, no problem!
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I was really young when I came to the realization that the state of my fertility was one of the most acurate indicators of of my overall health (any woman's health), but I could never get anyone in the medical profession to see it my way. It's only recently that this has changed for the better (for anyone with a need to 'fix' serious fertility issues seek out a NaPro Dr.... just google), but I was SO excited to discover upon going Paleo that this is a community that 'gets it'. I've spent the last day looking for the original links I came across to add them here (they were so GOOD)... I'll keep looking...

I think this is really important conversation we've started. I'd like to see all good OBGYNs start recommending Paleo as a FIRST response to gynaelogical concerns, and then adjust AFTER a year once the body has had time to figure itself out.

So, Steph... I agree... this topic really IS about fertility. I'm glad you liked Ms. Primal Parent.. she really is a hoot, and truly challenges a person to think. I'm truly sad at the things you've had to endure at the hands of 'medicine' and at the hope of wellness... I still am grateful that my stubborness kept me from cooperating. As bad as things have been, I'm certain anything that was suggested woud have only made things exponentially worse.

CMSLOCUM1, I really hope you'll give au natural a try and report back!

I am also curious about Sarah's musing... any link between the pill and adrenal fatigue... it makes sense... I wonder if anyone else has direct personal experience.

There is a clear thread of 'unexplained infertility' throughout my whole extended family I'd love to explore from this perspective.


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Ramona - LOVED the article from Primal Parent!

This made me giggle: "Infertility worked wonders for me for most of my reproductive life. Unfortunately, I had to go and start this damn Paleo diet and screw it up!"

I realize this topic isn't about fertility, but really, it is... if our innards are working properly, all the hormones and equipment in working order and it creates a perfect environmnet to make babies.

And I totally agree - it's SO heartbreaking to hear ladies who have the inability to concieve and are given MORE hormones that mess them up further... but suggest they skip their 'heart healthy, whole grain toast' in the morning and you're a heritical lunatic. *sigh*

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CMSLOCUM1 - I hear ya!!! Back when I first started my 'get _healthy_' (not just lose weight) I was on 2 antidepressants (Wellbutrin and... one other I've gladly forgotten), synthroid (patoooie!), an inhaler _and_ prescription allergy meds along with OTC allergy stuff, and had the Mirena IUD (Worst. Mistake. Ever!!! WORSE than the pill.) Now I'm down to only compounded thyroid medication and progesterone, and the pharmacist is sad that he doesn't have his regular monthly customer for sudafed and antihistamines.

I sadly got fixed when I had to have the IUD removed, and think that's a huge contributor for me needing progesterone (the egg hitting the lining after ovulation helps the body trigger progesterone production.) but it's a lot better than having the synthetic hormones.

I went on the pill when I was 19 for the same reason as you - super heavy flow for 5-7 days, along with a highly irregular cycle (any where from 15-90+ days) horrible cramps, and most times was really sick the first day or two.

I'm 42 and the nice thing is that my body is now 'predictable' within a couple of days (because AF does like to have her surprises, ya know) and while the flow is heavy the 1-1 1/2 days, it's not near as bad as it used to be, and then it's over in about 4 days.

OH! One thing about a heavy flow is it's actually a sign of anemia! You may need to get your iron, ferritin and binding capacity tested.

I'd highly reccomend the book "Taking charge of your fertility" to help understand your cycle in general. It's geared towards helping ladies concieve, but it's a wealth of informatoin about our girly bits!! :)

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You ladies have really inspired me! One of my goals is to get off the pill. Good gosh, I have been on it longer than I would like to think. I am 46. I am still on Lexapro to help with PMS but I have halved the dosage since going Paleo in April. My first goal is to get off of that. I originally went on the pill because of very heavy flow so I am still concered about that.

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Sarah, I'm past the "cycle" time of my life - but I did have a total hysterectomy 14 years ago, and I wonder if I would have had all the issues that led to it if I had been Paleo back then. I do know that my energy is up, I am sleeping much better, and overall I am feeling like a new woman! So, stick with it - I think you'll see more positive results as time goes by~

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I've said it before... you really have had more than your share of challenges, Sarah! Good for you for using FAM. I've always thought the pill is a BAD idea... especially if your hormones are already out of wack... one of the worst things to happen to women EVER, IMO.... and any chance you can find a different Dr.?

That was an interesting thread... I've had some irregular spotting since starting Paleo, but simply assumed it was just another sign of impending menopause. I'm going to play with my fat levels and see what happens. Honestly, I wonder/worry about the fertile mucus a whole lot more, LOL! Again, I SO wish I had known about this stuff in my 20s... every time I read an article that links unexplained infertility and fertility in general to gluten, I wanna cry. I still grieve never having carried a baby.

Seriously, I think if you stick as close to Paleo as is possible for you, I think your health story will be a whole lot different in 5 years time... who knows how your body will heal.



Steph, 'Primal Parent' is a REALLY interesting woman... I suspect she is a bit too radical for most (she is primal RAW... including most of her meat), but she has 'cured' an amazing array of helath issues as well... if I were in her shoes, perhaps I might walk a similar path... but she has an amazing attitude as she coparents with a non-primal ex. She's fanatical and totally relaxed at the same time, if you can imagine.

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I think any time we add synthetic stuff to our bodies - the pill, crappy food, etc. - it impacts your adrenals. It's basically us willingly creating a hormonal imbalance, and taking in progestin (the anti progesterone) and excess estrogen.

Another thing that contributes is candida. I did a few online tests and all of them for women ask if you were on the pill for over a year. Candida overgrowth along with adrenal fatigue can lead to leaky gut and if the body is worn down trying to process all the synthetic hormones that it can't use, that's going to contribute even more to adrenal burnout, start effecting the thyroid and other endocrine systems. It may not be a massive decline, especially at first, but we start to feel tired, sluggish, putting on weight, and maybe getting depressed. We try to lose weight and do the deadly trifecta:

Eat less fat
Eat less salt
Do lots of exercise (cardio)

The adrenals run on fat and salt, and candida relies heavily on starches and sugars. Hmmm...

So back to your comment, most likely the spotting is part of your body readjusting. I went through about 6 months of 'surprise' periods - they were coming regularly, but each time had way different symptoms and reactions. It's finally settling down a little... and thankfully the PMS is backing off - very much attributing it to the extra progesterone as I know my estrogen levels haven't quite normalized.

Sorry this is all over the place - making dinner and attention is divided so not making much sense. :)

_Ramona has an amazing collection of blog posts and recently she's been talking about her Paleo 'adventures' which include her hormonal issues that are correcting themselves. Definitely go read them!


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Ladyrose, I think you may be onto something here. I too had adrenal fatigue (I quickly noticed it and corrected it before it got REALLY bad). I wonder if long term pill usage leads to this? The same thing goes for my cousin, now that I think of it, long term usuage but adrenal burnout (several melt downs)...

Why I'm posting this is because last month when I was doing primal I spotted almost the ENTIRE cycle. Litterally 18 out of the 29 days were spent spotting.

The last link I added mentioned how estrogen and progesteron are dependant of fat and since I increased my fat content almost 3 fold compared to my usual diet, it makes sense now.

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Ditto on the positive response once over to even a mostly paleo approach. I was dealing with a lot of adrenal issues that made for a serious hormonal imbalance - the adrenals are hormone hogs, especially progesterone which generally creates estrogen dominance. Once I started getting enough good quality fats in my diet, I noticed the PMS would lessen... I've also started on bioidentical progesterone which bumped up the healing/improvements a lot!

I've had the bottomless pit times - think that happens because all the hormones drop off the few days before your cycle starts and the body's trying to get more raw materials (yeah, oh so technical explanation :) but lately, now that I know that when the fat craving knocks that 1) it needs to be answered, and 2) if I get enough fat, the cycle is no big deal.

It didn't happen overnight and this is the first month that I'm going into my cycle 100% paleo...will be interesting to see how it goes.

Can't wait to read some of those articles, esp the one on the Pill. I was on it over 15 years and realizing now that I did a lot of damage with that one little pill alone.

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Thanks _Ramona. I actually have been practising the FAM method for 3 years now with much success (after being on the pill for 13 years) and still have odd cycles (Im always spotting and doc says I'm fine.. and yes, this is the same doc that said the pill is safe indefinatly and that my fructose malabsorption was a parasite.) I found this post for all its worth to anyone else interested.
paleohacks.com/questions/35392/ladies-extr
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For all things Paleo with respect to a woman's body, check out these blogs/articles:

• Paleo for Women
www.paleoforwomen.com/

• No One’s Power but Our Own: Paleo Sexist Woes, and an Invitation to Rise Up and Roar
freetheanimal.com/2012/06/no-ones-power-bu
t-our-own-paleo-sexist-woes-and-an-inv
itation-to-rise-up-and-roar.html


• Paleo Archives: Evolutionary Ideas For Kickass Womanhood
paleopepper.com/paleo-archives/introductor
y-archives/


• Carbohydrates for Fertility and Health
www.paleoforwomen.com/carbohydrates-for-fe
rtility-and-health/


• Menstrual Cramps PMS PMDD
www.paleoforwomen.com/category/menstrual-c
ramps-pms-pmdd/


• Primal Girl in a Modern World
www.primalgirl.com/

• Rebuilding Fertility After the Birth Control Pill
theprimalparent.com/2011/09/05/rebuilding-
fertility-after-the-birth-control-pill/


• The Primal Don’t-Wanna-Be-a Parent Guide to Natural Contraception
theprimalparent.com/2011/05/19/the-primal-
dont-wanna-be-a-parent-guide-to-natura
l-contraception/


Just google 'Paleo and infertility' (because it 's the quickest way to get to the information... and if you are in a relationship and aren't using birth control, you may want to start). There is TONS of anecdotal evidence that a Paleo diet addresses every manner of issue related to women, their hormones and their cycles (endometriosis, PCOS, irregular cycles, raging PMS)... if the root cause is hormonal, no matter how subtle, it will likely fix it. There are tons of stories on MDA and Robb Wolf's site of women who have achieved pregnancies after going "Paleo' after being told they can't have children.

For example, my hormones have been a mess all my life. I have a diagnosis of endometriosis and 'unexplained' infertility (and THAT means the doctors don't know) and adrenal fatigue. Three months on a Paleo diet and I am a different person... libido, how my body feels and functions (I feel myself healing and I feel WELL), and I also have clear signs of fertility for the first time in my life (though I'm NOT going to test it... I'm 51, LOL). I can't tell you what I would have given to know this information in my 20s/30s. So, yeah, Paleo can impact your cylce for the better.

Chris Kresser (Beyond Paleo) is likely a good resource if you have specific questions.



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Ladies, I'm curious and can't find too much info out there on this, but how has eating paleo impacted your monthly cycle? I noticed last month (and even this one) I'm not RAVENOUSLY hungry during my pms stage, and even the pms hasn't been a wild ride. As for the actual flow and cramps, not too much has changed there.

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