Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Can paleo reverse premature menopause?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Can paleo reverse premature menopause?

    My doctor thinks I'm going into menopause...I'm 28. I have no children, but we were planning on starting next March. I've been Paleo since January....ironically I started missing periods in February...then had one in March...then nothing. Granted I haven't been 100% Paleo, but except for a few sweet indulgences I do pretty well. I'd say 85% at least. If I cut out all forms of sugar, is there a chance to reverse this? Could Paleo have caused this? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

  • #2
    Paleo will help you balance your hormones a great deal. Reading the book "What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Premenopause" by Dr. John R. Lee, MD will help you even more. Seriously it is an AMAZING book, and will really help you.( he also has one about menopause. If you amazon search for him, it'll all come up. His stuff is life changing.)

    I'm using Paleo and his methods to help me reverse my endometriosis and estrogen dominance. It's been a life saver. Just ignore his dietary recommendations in the book, because he still spouts the "whole grains" nonsense.


    Crap! I'm An Adult!

    My Primal Journal

    http://badquaker.com <--- podcast I'm a part of. Check it out if you like anarchy, geekiness and random ramblings.

    Comment


    • #3
      What your dr "thinks" is happening may be interpreted as some kind of hormonal changes, which could be a lot of things. Primal will help, but I doubt there is any way of knowing how effective or what needs to be done unless you see a good hormone doc that will do more than give you a vague theory.

      You need some data, and a doc that knows what to do with that data, not a theory.

      Comment


      • #4
        Is the doctor basing this on your FSH levels, or just from menstrual irregularity?

        Comment


        • #5
          I am 48 and have definitely seen my hormones balance themselves out in positive ways.

          First of all, changes in menstrual regularity are normal when making a dietary change as big as going Primal/Paleo. If this is the only change--don't worry about it!

          Personally, going vlc for 6 weeks made me feel worse (low energy), not better. I added back in more carbs (chocolate!) and have lots of energy & have lost even more body fat. 60-80 gm carbs per day now. YMMV.

          Magnesium and krill oil supplementation eliminated my menstrual pain.

          After 5 months of Primal eating, my perimenopausal symptoms were gone (no more insomnia, dryness, fatigue, belly fat, etc.)

          Remove hormone disruptors (xenoestrogens) from your life. Use only paraben-free beauty products and SLS-free cleaning products. Don't cook or store food in plastic.

          Paleo will help you balance your hormones a great deal. Reading the book "What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Premenopause" by Dr. John R. Lee, MD will help you even more. Seriously it is an AMAZING book, and will really help you.( he also has one about menopause. If you amazon search for him, it'll all come up. His stuff is life changing.)
          +1000000
          Ancestral Nutrition Coaching
          Pregnancy Nutrition Coaching
          Primal Pregnancy Nutrition Article

          Comment


          • #6
            Basically he did an ultrasound and saw my ovaries. One ovary was very very small he said and the other one was slightly larger and may possibly still be working. He then of course sent me off for bloodwork, which is due back Monday. He said if I am premeno then I will have to see a specialist and that I will require a lot of hormones to get my cycle back going. This of course scares me cause I don't really want anything unnatural in my body, but I want to have children. I have a feeling all of this is not from switching to Paleo and simply becoming irregular but because due to cancer as a child my doctors said I may have early menopause. I've kinda been expecting it, but not quite this early. They told me I should have children by age 30....I guess it was just an estimate huh?

            Thanks everyone for the ideas.

            Comment


            • #7
              I believe it can, especially if you go vlc.
              This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

              Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
              Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

              Comment


              • #8
                hmm.... im gonna say its leptin related, you should check out dr jacks blog he just started...
                Get on my Level
                http://malpaz.wordpress.com/

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Goldensparrow View Post
                  .. I will have to see a specialist and that I will require a lot of hormones to get my cycle back going. This of course scares me cause I don't really want anything unnatural in my body, but I want to have children...
                  Avoid synthetic hormones, and use bio-identical.

                  The blog Mal Paz mentioned recommended this too.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    To play devil's advocate here: If you are pre-meno, you may want to consider freezing the eggs you have while they're ok to use.
                    I'm a paleo foodie, come check out my recipes: http://strangekitty.ca/

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      i hope going primal will help me with this also, my ovulation still hurts but my periods are trying to regulate i notice. hormones are a bitch.
                      I'm too stubborn to give up so I keep on trying.

                      You're never going to get to the top of the stairs if you don't walk up them.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CoyoteVick View Post
                        Paleo will help you balance your hormones a great deal. Reading the book "What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Premenopause" by Dr. John R. Lee, MD will help you even more. Seriously it is an AMAZING book, and will really help you.( he also has one about menopause. If you amazon search for him, it'll all come up. His stuff is life changing.)

                        I'm using Paleo and his methods to help me reverse my endometriosis and estrogen dominance. It's been a life saver. Just ignore his dietary recommendations in the book, because he still spouts the "whole grains" nonsense.
                        I want to wholeheartedly second this.

                        Great book, definitely life changing. Trust me, get it. A lot of libraries have it as well, so you can check there if it's too close to payday.

                        And Primal should help a lot too. It just levels things out.
                        Durp.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Nion View Post
                          To play devil's advocate here: If you are pre-meno, you may want to consider freezing the eggs you have while they're ok to use.
                          I was going to suggest that, too. My BF had some ovulation issues, and her doc prescribed her something or other (sorry I didn't get the name) to make her ovulate. They ended up getting 3 viable eggs that they fertilized and implanted. They lost one of the babies, but the twins were born last October. Just something to keep in mind if you're sure you want to give birth to your children.
                          Motherhood: When changing from pj pants to yoga pants qualifies as 'getting dressed'.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            I HAD to reply to this, as someone who is dealing with premature ovarian failure = which is not the same as premature menopause. Unfortunately, not enough is known about the condition and many doctors simply view it as menopause happening before it "should", which on average in the U.S. is age 51. It is SO dangerous to ask on a forum about nutrition if changing your eating can "fix" this problem. Don't get me wrong - I was diagnosed at 38 and was (still am) devastated. I have asked many questions, too...just take answers with a grain of salt, do your research and find a GOOD doctor. The people on these forums (myself included) and nutritionists are not medical experts (maybe some are, but in general, probably not!). Premenopause, btw, is not "premature" but refers to perimenopause, a stage women go through prior to menopause itself. What used to be called premature menopause is now called Primary Ovarian Insufficiency or Premature Ovarian Failure. Most causes are idiopathic, but it can occur as a result of cancer treatments (as you mentioned, you had when you were a child), if you carry the Fragile X gene (you would probably not know), and other autoimmune causes. Please find yourself a reputable Reproductive Endocrinologist. Google Dr. Nelson and the NIH, go to International Premature Ovarian Failure Association - IPOFA and find FACTS. Someone suggested freezing eggs "while you still can". Well, even if you menstruate, that doesn't mean your eggs are maturing to the point where they can be retrieved. I am not trying to be negative; just trying to say go find an expert. It kills me reading random comments that imply a simple dietary change can fix things. Maybe, yes, but not if you have an underlying hormonal condition -- which is NOT an imbalance. This is a serious matter - if you are really experiencing POI or POF then you need to have your bone density tested, etc. See an expert and find a board online (IPOFA is excellent, though it's supported by members' fees) and talk to people who really know. Good luck to you.

                            Comment

                            Working...
                            X