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    So, I am sure this has been asked before... but I can't seem to find it.
    And again, sorry if this is TMI, but it is worrying me.

    Backdrop: I have been eating Primally for about three weeks 70/30, but for the past nine days have been 100%. In this time that I started this, I lost around 14 pounds in those three weeks. So it is a pretty big weight loss at a quick pace.

    It has only 22 days since my last period, and I have started again... I think... I'm not sure because it isn't a normal period by far. I will get descriptive if you need, but I won't for the moment. And my cycle is normally around 35 days, so this one is 12 days early! Or 6-8 days from a regular 28-30 day cycle (which I have sometimes).

    Has this happened to any other women? I ate Primally for about four months last year and this never happened.
    Explanations?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    I am endlessly amused by this cultural notion that men ought to be terrified or disgusted by discussion of menstruation or other women's health issues.

    That said, this particular man has little idea what might be causing the variation in your cycle, except that I would suspect you might be experiencing some fluctuations in your estrogen/progesterone levels (or other hormones, bodies are complicated) due to your diet change, and that it's nothing to worry much about, and will probably level out within a few cycles and establish a new "normal".

    Now I will get out of the way and let more knowledgeable people weigh in.
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    • #3
      Have you been sexually active in the last month? If it is heavier and crampier than usual, it could potentially be a very early miscarriage. They are actually not that uncommon.
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      • #4
        I had a very small, dry period after I got pregnant. I have also had times in my life when my period was all over the place. Heavy, light, clotty, and everything in between, over and above, under and below.
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        • #5
          I tried Primal a year ago and within a week my period started, I quite for some reason and I went back a few months ago and it happened again. I think Uncephalized is right. There was a thread a while ago and you and I weren't the only ones, there were many that had the same thing.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Uncephalized View Post
            I am endlessly amused by this cultural notion that men ought to be terrified or disgusted by discussion of menstruation or other women's health issues.
            I <3 U. Men who are afraid of blood need to man up. /snarkiness

            I have been primal for 2 years and have experienced all sorts of menstrual weirdness unrelated to primal. Other than under extenuating circumstances (like breastfeeding), I generally have a very normal period in duration and flow. eating low carb, high vegetable primal temporarily changes symptoms of my period for the better. however, this last period i had been walking a lot more and had been more strict about my sugar intake and maintaining a high vegetable intake, and I had cramping and spotting mid-cycle. that has NEVER happened to me before. it's possible that adjusting to primal is messing with your cycle. i wouldn't worry too much about it unless you're using a form of birth control that depends on predictable cycles.
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            • #7
              I'm pretty regular and consistent with my cycles, including knowing to the day (or sometimes hour) of when I ovulate. That being said, once or twice a year I don't ovulate, and that throws my cycle off. And once or twice a year I'll get the mid-cycle cramping/spotting, but not frequently enough to make me go hmmmmmm. I don't consider ONE odd period to be an issue. I'd look into things if you saw a TREND occurring.

              Incidentally, my periods have been less painful and my pms less severe, since transitioning to a primal WOE.
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              • #8
                It's not abnormal for your cycle to vary, especially after some sort of change... such as diet. I've never had the opportunity to worry about an early period. I spent a lot of my 20's worrying about late ones instead, lol.

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                • #9
                  When I changed my eating habits I started "spotting" up to a week out. I had never had this before at all, its now an indicator to me that I'm not far away from a period. This spotting i mistook for my actual period the first couple of times and thought it was early. I have no idea why it started, but everything else is healthy, I'm hoping my moods stabilize soon though!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jena View Post
                    I spent a lot of my 20's worrying about late ones instead, lol.
                    This old Gwamma thought this was great Jena !!!!!!

                    Emmilou, jot down your observations, and if a trend occurs (as per Sandra in BC suggests), then look into it. You may just find that your body is adjusting - which doesn't happen overnight !
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                    • #11
                      I agree that maybe it's just early spotting and not a full blown cycle starting. The last few cycles I did actually spot up to a week before my period started.
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                      • #12
                        I would not worry about it - at least not during the first cycle or two if there were no added symptoms/discomfort. I did not have that sort of reaction when I first went primal but when I started superstrict low carb paleo to lower my bodyfat %, for two months I had spotting during my cycle and my normal menstruation (they are usually tiny because I am on a pill).
                        Back then I tried to find out what it was all about and seemed to find a lot of reports of smilar experiences - mainly from low carbers.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by emmieloo View Post
                          So, I am sure this has been asked before... but I can't seem to find it.
                          And again, sorry if this is TMI, but it is worrying me.

                          Backdrop: I have been eating Primally for about three weeks 70/30, but for the past nine days have been 100%. In this time that I started this, I lost around 14 pounds in those three weeks. So it is a pretty big weight loss at a quick pace.

                          It has only 22 days since my last period, and I have started again... I think... I'm not sure because it isn't a normal period by far. I will get descriptive if you need, but I won't for the moment. And my cycle is normally around 35 days, so this one is 12 days early! Or 6-8 days from a regular 28-30 day cycle (which I have sometimes).

                          Has this happened to any other women? I ate Primally for about four months last year and this never happened.
                          Explanations?

                          Thanks!
                          Looking at your picture, I'm thinking I am on the opposite end of the period time-line. I'm 47 and my periods have been very irregular for the past year; maybe getting them every 3 months?

                          Since going Primal in July 2012 I've had a period each month. I am 100% certain this is a hormonal change (POSITIVE CHANGE) resulting from my dietary changes. It was also a heavier period than I had been used to but not abnormal.

                          I would not worry about it at all except for the fact that you say it isn't a *normal* period. Honestly, descriptives are probably necessary if you want help from the women or medical people here. Abnormal light or abnormal heavy? I probably should've read all of the replies to avoid repetition. Pregnancy possibility?

                          Doesn't take much to alter a cycle. Me? I would not be worried based on what you say in your OP.
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                          • #14
                            emmieloo,

                            I totally had this happen to me when I first started primal / paleo a year ago. I went strict no sugar, no grains - upped my good fats and got a period - a little lighter than normal, in the middle of my cycle. I am on birth control, so it should not have happened since my hormones were being regulated. after that though it evened out and I am back to regular.
                            *disclaimer - NOT a dr! * bear with me here...cholesterol is the precursor to sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone - these and others, LH, FSH control your cycle. If you suddenly increase fat intake (good fat of course ;-) ) then the hormone production 'could' increase. if this happens, then your ratios of hormones may get out of wack, briefly signalling the body to dispense of the uterine lining....

                            anyway, it happened to me too - nbd, I didn't change my birthcontrol or anything - just kept on goin. it worked it's way back to normal the very next month.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by emmieloo View Post
                              So, I am sure this has been asked before... but I can't seem to find it.
                              And again, sorry if this is TMI, but it is worrying me.

                              Backdrop: I have been eating Primally for about three weeks 70/30, but for the past nine days have been 100%. In this time that I started this, I lost around 14 pounds in those three weeks. So it is a pretty big weight loss at a quick pace.

                              It has only 22 days since my last period, and I have started again... I think... I'm not sure because it isn't a normal period by far. I will get descriptive if you need, but I won't for the moment. And my cycle is normally around 35 days, so this one is 12 days early! Or 6-8 days from a regular 28-30 day cycle (which I have sometimes).

                              Has this happened to any other women? I ate Primally for about four months last year and this never happened.
                              Explanations?

                              Thanks!
                              Being going through this for two months now (6 days earlier) than the 28 day cycle. Not sure what is causing it and was not concerned for some reason....

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