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My Period Post Part III

by Meghann on August 31, 2011

Man, who would have ever thought people would want to know this much information about my period?! But, my life is an open book, so here it is.

Let’s see… where did I leave off?

In Part I, I confirmed that it had been well over a year since my last period and after two blood tests that revealed low estrogen levels, trying different forms of birth control, and consulting multiple times with my doctor; I was at a loss on what to do next.

In Part II, I started a new diet with an emphasis on high fat and low fiber and – after a year and a half hiatus – my period came out of no where.

This was last November.

Now, let’s flash forward to the present, where – as I type this – I am currently battling awful cramps. Yep, I’m happy to say that the surprise period wasn’t a one time deal – it’s slowly becoming a regular occurrence. However, it has been a long and twisting road to get there.

Many of you were baffled that I couldn’t remember the exact date of my final period before it disappeared completely. Well, it wasn’t something I necessarily kept track of, but once it returned I made sure to. I became one of ‘those people’ who downloads a period specific app for her phone and updates it when ever her little friend comes to visit. This seems to work for me, otherwise I would have had no clue remembering when my last one was.

The first one came and I waited. And waited. And waited.

I kept an eye on my fiber intake (I still have a ‘no fiber enriched’ food rule) and incorporated as much fat as I could in my diet. I trained for my marathon, stayed active, and kept to my normal routine.

Then, after my December marathon, my running and activity level came way down. I went from running 40 miles a week to 15-20. I quit my job and gained a couple ‘I work from home and have full access to my fridge at all times’ pounds.

Three months after that first period, another one returned.

Three month later, another one.

Two months. Same deal.

And, now? For the first time in I can’t even remember how long my period came exactly 32 days after my previous one. That, my friends, is the closest I’ve come to a normal cycle since my period started going whack two years ago. And my body is doing it all on it’s own. I almost cried when I checked my app and realized this.

I have some theories on why this must be.

Running.

Remember when I stated above that my running has dropped drastically since December? Well, that’s a given right there. Yes, I’m currently training for my first half ironman and logging over 8 hours a week training for it, but training for a half ironman isn’t nearly as hard on my body as training for a marathon was. I haven’t run more than 20 miles a week since training started and those miles are spread out over three days instead of my usual five. I’ve been logging more time (and miles) on the bike and in the pool, but those sports don’t effect my body the way running does. They’re lower impact and not as crazy to recover from.

Who would have thought training for a Half Ironman would be better on my body than training for a marathon? I would have thought the opposite.

I’m not ready to give up marathons in my future (I <3 running 26.2!), but I understand training for them does effect my body. (Something I sooo did not want to ever admit!) Some people are prone to injury, I’m prone to losing my period. When I do start training for my marathons again I’m going to try some new approaches, like following the ‘Run Less, Run Faster’ plan and making sure I keep up with cycling and swimming for cross training.

Weight.

Ugh, weight. My body isn’t meant to be under 120 lbs (I’m 5’4″). I was under 120 lbs when my period stopped and now, gulp, I’m well over it. I can pretend I’m happy about this, but I’m not going to lie – my jeans are tighter than I’d like and my shirts are starting to tug in all the wrong places. I feel like weight is always going to be a tricky issue for any female. We can have high self esteem, love our bodies, know we are healthy and happy, and still not like the way we look in a certain outfit sometimes. It happens.

I don’t want to get back to my lowest weight (why, the hell would I want to do that?!), but I would like to find a healthy, happy medium. I want to tone up, more than I want to lose weight. This is why I’ve made an effort to add strength training to my weekly routine. A well toned body is way better than a ‘skinny’ one. A body that gets it’s period is better too.

Diet.

I eat what I want. πŸ˜‰

I’ve added a lot more animal protein to my diet since moving in with Derek. We have chicken at least once a week and I’ve been adding cow’s milk to my smoothies instead of almond. I’ve also upped my ice cream intake. More protein + More fat + Less fiber seems to be the secret formula for me. This is different for everyone, but this is what I have discovered keeps my body happy and balanced.

Time.

Everyone told me to just give it time, but I’m still not convinced this was what I needed. My period stopped when I was still on BC, most reports I read told me it took time AFTER you went off of birth control to come back, but none of them mentioned what to do if you stopped getting it while still on it. This where I got confused and started seeking answers elsewhere.

So, there you have.

Two years of period struggles and this is where I’m at. Who know what next month will bring, but for right now I’m over obsessing about it. It’s time to live life again – cramps and all.

1 Amy August 31, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I mark (.) in my work outlook calendar. My boss once asked me what that meant.. haha!

2 Lara @ TresLaLa August 31, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I do something similar, except it’s a “Day 1” all day event (free) meeting. And I mark it private (click the padlock). No one knows — even people who can see your shared calendar!
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3 Brie @ Brie Fit August 31, 2011 at 1:49 pm

If you haven’t already, I’d recommend reading the book Taking Charge of your Fertility. Yes, it’s meant for women who are trying for a baby, but the information is the same and it’s a really interesting read! I read it when we weren’t trying for a baby and it’s great.

I tend to have long-ish cycles, too, but I feel infinitely better now knowing that I ovulate just fine…I’m just a little bit slow! (Ovulation, running, same diff, right?)
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4 Maria August 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I was just going to recommend this book! I’m reading it now. We’re NOT trying to have a baby, I’m reading it for a natural birth control method and so far everything’s going well! Your weight, whether it be a gain or a loss can effect your hormone levels therefore effecting your period, so maybe that has something to do with it? Stress also plays a big part.

5 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I’ve just ordered the book on amazon – I’ve been meaning to read it for a while and now my period is semi-normal it might be worth giving the FAM method a try. I just can’t wait until Derek sees it on the the nightstand and starts freaking out on why I’m reading it. lol I don’t think I’m going to tell him and just let it be a little surprise. πŸ˜‰

6 Maria August 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I bought it about a month after I got married! So I definitely had some explaining to do. I figure if I’m going off of hormonal birth control, he should probably be aware if it πŸ™‚ My reasoning is the hormonal BC was affecting other parts of my body and I’m deathly afraid of those IUDs. They just freak me out so this would be the next best option for me πŸ™‚

7 Molly September 1, 2011 at 1:53 am

why are you afraid of iuds?

note: this question is coming from a place of general curiosity, not judgement πŸ™‚

8 Maria September 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Hi Molly! The doctor showed me a copper IUD (the only non hormonal IUD) and I just didn’t like the idea of a metal contraption being placed in my uterus :-/ It makes me a little squeamish. Also, that particular one gives you bad cramps/heavy periods which is why I went on BC in the first place. I did like that it doesn’t stop ovulation. Mirena has hormones which is what I’m trying to stay away from and recommended for people who have had kids already (which I haven’t).

9 Cate August 31, 2011 at 1:49 pm

It’s so weird how differently peoples bodies respond to exercise. I was training 45-55 mpw for a marathon a year ago and never lost my period, but even when I’m barely running at all, if my weight drops below about 130, it disappears.
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10 michelle August 31, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I run 40+ miles a week, have never been on birth control, and have always been pretty regular with my periods (28-32 day cycles). It just goes to show you that everyBODY is so different.
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11 Megan @ Life As Megan Knows it August 31, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Great Post Meghann and very honest! I appreciate your honestly because I can relate to some of the factors.. Everyone’s body is different and for me diet and birth control play a huge role in a regular period..
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12 Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm

This is really interesting for me as I’ve struggled with this too. So thanks for sharing – lots of people wouldn’t and I appreciate hearing about your experience.

Cheers! πŸ™‚
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13 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I love your openness on this entire issue Meghann! I too have my issues when it comes to the monthly visitor (or non-visitor in my case) and I’ve had a similar experience to yours. Now, I’m at the point of not obsessing about it because according to the doctors I’ve spoken to, it’s not worth it. I hope your cramps go away this afternoon!
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14 mel August 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I’m in birth control and have been since I was 19 (b/c I lost my period for almost two years back then!!). I’m now 25 and I have no idea if I have my own periods (scary) but I do know I can’t get preggers now. I eat high fiber but also high far/treats and Im a veggie so diet is different for everyone! I thnk you look great but I know what you mean about weight. We all go through it (me right now!!) and it sucks. But you do look great!

15 Jen August 31, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I’m so happy your body is funtioning more normally. But I hate that running is one of the likely culprits responsible for messing up your cycles. I really don’t understand how some women can run 70+ mpw and have regular cycles, but I only responded to fertility drugs when running fewer than 15 mpw. Not fair, but that’s life. And, hey, if eating more ice cream is what it takes for us to have a healthy reproductive system, so be it πŸ˜‰

Thanks for being so honest, as always.
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16 Jess August 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Congrats on getting regular! I think its such a good sign that things are happy in your body!! I’m rather thin naturally but I have NEVER skipped a period in 17 years which confirms that my body is happy where it is at!! (I got it when I was 8 year old ugh)

17 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs August 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I’m glad things are slowly going back to normal for your body!
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18 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food August 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your experience and I’m so glad things are getting back on track for you.

I had a similar one in that my period wouldn’t come naturally for some time after going off of BC. Thank goodness I decided stop taking it long before my hubs and I try to conceive. The pill is terrible in that we have no idea what’s really going on with our bodies and it can mess with something naturally healthy hormone levels. Ugggh I’m never going back on the pill!
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19 mary August 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I’m glad you’re regular again.

I think weight will always be an issue for all of us, I know that it has been and always will be for me. just remember you’re beautiful and strong. the end πŸ™‚
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20 kalli August 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm

meghan, thank you for sharing this! I have to ask a personal question though-how in the world did you not worry you were pregnant all the time when you did not get your period? i am 41 and have been on the pill for 25 years-gulp. i tried to get off of it a few times and never got a period so i would just go back on the pill. fear of pregnancy was too much for me. finally my husband got a vasectomy and i am gonna get off the pill now. at least if my period doesn’t come for a year i will know i am not pregnant. just wondering. also wish me luck! i hope my body likes being off the pill. do you think yours does?

21 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 2:03 pm

That seems to be everyone’s question! There were a couple of times where I took a test (and they tested me every time I saw the doctor), but I just never had the feeling that I was. I know that sounds funny, but I just never felt pregnant so it never crossed my mind.

22 sarah (the SHU box) August 31, 2011 at 6:25 pm

i can’t tell you how much $ i wasted on preg tests during my looooong period of uh, no periods! i mean, how would i know?? i’d get nervous and think “well, MAYYYYYYBE” . . . and then always be disapppointed. wish i could get the $ back!
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23 Molly September 1, 2011 at 1:56 am

look at the bright side: say you didn’t take any tests, and you actually did become pregnant and have the baby, you would be spending so much more money now!

24 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life August 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I am glad things are working out for you a bit better. I have had similar issues in the past but I fully believe that it is our bodies telling us something when things are not “regular”. Hopefully things continue to improve so one day when you decide babies is not an issue!!!!!
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25 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers August 31, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Period problems are the PITS! It’s always funny to me that we, as ladies with lady parts, are really at complete/total mercy of this monthly cycle. We mourn when we get it, we freak when it’s missing (AM I IN A FAMILY WAY?! OR HAVE I STOPPED BEING A LADY?!), and then, when it comes back, we do a silent cheer while simultaneously cursing our uterine lining for ever deciding to set up shop in the first place.

Periods take no prisoners, and no holds are barred. But, regardless of their classlessness and poor timing (oh, NBD, just junior prom – trying to wear that white dress? JOKE’S ON YOU, JORDAN!) I’m always pretty glad when mine decides to normal out. Hooray for your lady parts, meghann!!
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26 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 2:04 pm

haha best. comment. ever.

27 Marci August 31, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Just be glad you are figuring it out now and not when you’re trying to have a baby. Two years of waiting for your period to get regular is a long time. I definitely think too much exercise, weight and diet are the biggest factors. The body is amazing that once it’s on cycle, it’s very regular!

28 Erica August 31, 2011 at 2:08 pm

You know, you are so refreshing in your honesty and your openness about your life. I heart it.

29 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) August 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Glad your body is figuring itself out!

With all the exercise you do every day, and all the good food choices you make, I know it must be frustrating to not look EXACTLY the way you want. But such is life– I know I’m never going to be the size 4 that I kindaaaa wish I was, because my genetics have blessed me with birthing-hips and a badonkadonk– but I revel in my own health and the fact that my body will respond when I push it. Health >>> size 4 πŸ™‚

And let’s be honest, eating good food in good amounts and enjoying yourself and your life is better than that too.
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30 Kristin August 31, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I appreciate the honesty in your post. What we look like is 80% nutrition and if you are not at a comfortable weight and want to tone up then your diet needs an overhaul as it’s awful for this type of objective. Eating enough protein from a source like chicken once a week is not going to cut it nor I’d having a dessert everyday. Things like peanut butter are not complete sources of protein so that won’t replace it either. Milk is full of sugar so that will not help your objective to tone up. If you are serious about committing to an eating lifestyle that is appropriate so toning up, there are some great resources available … Nothing tastes as good as the feeling of fit, I’ve changed to this lifestyle since January and haven’t looked back as this is the most toned my body ever is and all my clothes fit great.

31 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I just used chicken as one example, I’ve upped my protein in other areas too. I know my diet isn’t perfect, but I love food and I love dessert and I hate the saying that nothing tastes as good as being fit feels. My roommate in college used to say that and she was so obsessed with how she ate that she wasn’t fun to eat with, I don’t want to turn into that. I’m still finding a way to eat that works for me and it changes everyday.

32 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine August 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I totally agree, Meghann. I went to a personal training session that came free with the gym I joined, and I told my trainer I usually have a snack of pita chips/hummus in the afternoon and often a glass of wine at night. He said if I cut out pita chips and wine I could have a better body. Um, no. I’ll take my body 5 pounds heavier in exchange for my pita chips and wine. And I refuse to order boring meals at restaurants–there are SO many yummy, cheesy ones out there that I want to try! Cooking healthy at home is where it’s at, but restaurants are places for indulgence. IMO. πŸ™‚
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33 Ari @ Skinnified August 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Agreed–I’ve been on pretty much every end of the spectrum and there is not point in “looking your best” if you can’t even enjoy life in your own skin! And I would have to say that nut butter tastes pretty much as good as fit feels :O)
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34 ~Jessica~ August 31, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Why not just come out and say ‘nothing tastes as good as being SKINNY feels,’ because using ‘fit’ as a euphamism in this comment to avoid being completely pilloried by most readers doesn’t take away from what’s being inferred.

I detest that phrase too, and really hope it’s not taken to heart. The nutrition ‘advice’ given in the comment is spurious at best, and while finger-wagging about what’s wrong (incidentally, whole milk isn’t that high in sugar: it’s more the fat-free varieties where that applies. Even people on Atkins get to have full-fat dairy) there isn’t much advice about what’s ‘right,’ although perhaps that’s a blessing.

And for the record Meghann, when I saw those Savage Race pics, if someone had asked me to estimate your weight I would have said 120-122lbs, for sure. So you still look slim and toned, despite any doubts you might have πŸ™‚

xxx

35 Vikki August 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I also hate that phrase. It isn’t true either. I’m miserable when I’m dieting and that surely doesn’t feel better than a slice of pizza or a bowl of ice cream.

36 CaitlinHTP September 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

As a vegetarian, I just want to remark that the ‘complete protein’ thing is completely false. Sure, vegetarian protein sources might not have all the amino acids in each food, but if you eat a variety of food, your body will store and harvest the amino acids when you need it. The theory of complete v. incomplete proteins is from the 1970s and has been proven to be false.

You do not need to eat meat to be healthy.

37 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 31, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I star it on my outlook calendar for work. I can’t tell you how many times I forget to mark that as “private” and get asked what * means. haha
Glad you are finally getting back to normal. For all the annoyance periods cause it sure is nice to see them every 30 days or so πŸ˜‰
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38 Erica August 31, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Great post meghann!! Its funny, this all applies to healthy, happy breast feeding too! I am glad your period has become regular (yaaaaayyyy!!)
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39 Cait's Plate August 31, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Loved this post and love the attitude you ended with πŸ™‚ I agree – it’s not worth the stress. Just see where it goes and manage it as it comes and to the best of your ability!
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40 J August 31, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I lost mine for about 9 months (ha!) a few years ago… and I think it was because my body weight got too low. Granted, I think I was eating too little, though my exercise was fine. Once I got over that phase and picked up marathoning, I didn’t have any issues with it for two years… and then I went on the pill. So for the past 3 years, the pills make me get my period at the same time each month on the dot (no pun intended).

I’m not comfortable getting off of it until I’m married, so I guess I will have to continue to wonder for a little while.

41 Rae August 31, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Run less run faster is an awesome plan…i balanced it out with biking and swimming and managed to shave 30 minutes off my marathon PR this spring!
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42 Shayla @ The Good Life August 31, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Thank you for sharing this Meghann! My period has been MIA since I went off the pill 6 months ago, got blood work done, and my estrogen levels are too low, so I’ve been backing off from the workouts. And based on your experience and research I’ve done, I think I should add in more fats and back off from the fiber. It couldn’t hurt to try since I’m at my wits end trying to get a period, especially since we’re trying for a baby. Like Marci said above, good for you for getting this resolved now before you start trying, I wish I had done the same.
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43 courtney (pancakes and postcards) August 31, 2011 at 2:29 pm

YAY! Great news meghann and I agree, great attitude! I am really happy for oyu. It’s funny how health comes in different ways–sometimes we focus on weight but sometimes it takes gaining a few pounds to be optimally healthy. Which is weird, but hey. So glad you’ve normalized for now! And thanks for being so open.
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44 Jess@atasteofconfidence August 31, 2011 at 2:31 pm

So glad to hear you are happy and healthy! Keep those periods coming:)
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45 Tara August 31, 2011 at 2:32 pm

These posts are so interesting, not only for the fact that every woman’s body is different, but our minds are so different too! I’m 30 and am an avid runner training for my third marathon. I’m fit and healthy but definitely not “skinny.” I’ve been on birth control for about three years and haven’t had my period at all for the past two years. And I have to say…I LOVE not getting it. It’s such a pain to deal with! If this is bad for me, maybe I don’t really care? I don’t have any plans to change anything to try to get my period again, at least not until I’m a bit closer to wanting kids. I know I’m 30, but I’m not worried about it for whatever reason. I also have been thinking a lot lately that I don’t really want to ever be pregnant. But I have ALWAYS wanted to adopt kids, so maybe that will be my journey instead of pregnancy.

Anyway, I just really enjoy these posts from different bloggers because it shows that while women have a lot in common we are all extremely different as well.

46 Lorin August 31, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I haven’t had my period for 2 years either, but I’m 19. Honestly, I don’t want it back, but I know I should be getting it. I’m not even a low body fat person, nor do I run mulitiple times a week, maybe twice at most for fun and not that far. I’m mostly worried about not being able to have kids and also the increased risk of osteoporosis that comes with not having my period.

47 Marijke September 1, 2011 at 6:57 am

I have very similar problems too! I’ve been off B/C for 6 months because I want to start a family with my husband but I haven’t had a period since. But before my doctor put me on B/C I had only ever had one period, at 18 years old! I had very regular periods while I was on B/C so now I’m worried there is something wrong with me that has just been masked by 8 years on B/C… coincidently I’m seeing my doctor tomorrow about it…
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48 Lorin September 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Yeah, it’s weird. Also, I got my period naturally at 13. It went along for a few years and it decided to stop, for no apparent reason. I still remember watching a Sex and the City episode and Miranda said, “my ovaries are lazy”. I think that describes me, hah.

49 Gina @ Will Run for Cupcakes August 31, 2011 at 2:32 pm

You tell it like it is and thats awesome! I’m also wondering if I’m going to love running 26.2 miles once I finish my first marathon. Right now I’m wondering why I signed up in the first place!
πŸ™‚
Happy Training!
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50 Ida August 31, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Glad to hear everything is going well with your health. i think the run less/run faster approach your next marathon is great idea. Thanks for being so open and honest about the whole ordeal.

51 Dana August 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I’m sorry if this was addressed in the post…I just didn’t see it. Why less fiber? I ask because for the past 6 months, I’ve been either not getting my period at all or getting it twice/month. I’ve seen the doc, so I’m working towards figuring out what’s going on, but I haven’t heard anything about eating less fiber. I eat a diet high in fiber, so I’m just curious why less of it? Thank you!

52 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I explained it in the Part II http://mealsandmiles.com/2010/11/18/my-period-post-part-ii/ but basically it was just a theory

53 Danielle August 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Congrats on getting everything figured out! And props for saying something that you didn’t want to admit before. I was in the exact same boat, so I understand how far you’ve come with this.

And I totally understand the cramp thing – I think my periods are heavier and more painful now than they had been for years after I got my FIRST. I think getting back after years of starvation makes your body wake up!

Good for you for getting healthy and being active. I know you got a ton of criticism for not taking it seriously enough, but I understand how it feels. You don’t want to worry about it, and then sometimes, yeah, you actually forget about it. And then you don’t want to give up what you love, but you know something is wrong, and it makes you paranoid and worried, and then you stress more about food/exercise/weight. You don’t realize how important weight is to you until you need to gain it (and you already think you’re healthy), and that can be a huge wake up call!

54 Ali @ Ali Runs August 31, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I have been on BC for 5 years now and I am really worried about what may happen when I go off it. Right now, I have regular periods but ya never know how your body will react once you get off it.

Love your honesty on this subject! Period talk tends to be so taboo!
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55 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Everybody is different! You could go off of it and get pregnant the next day. We just never know. πŸ™‚

56 Ali @ Ali Runs August 31, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Let’s hope not πŸ˜‰

57 Ali @ Ali Runs August 31, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Well certainly not going off it anytime soon– hopefully I’ll be able to get off BC for a while before I am trying to get prego so I can get all of those hormones out of my body! (just to clarify) πŸ™‚
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58 Heather August 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I am glad to hear that you’re getting back into a somewhat normal schedule! Just wondering, were you ever worried about pregnancy at all when you weren’t getting your period regularly?

59 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I had my moments, but I never ‘felt pregnant.’ Sounds strange, doesn’t it? The doctor tested me every time I went to the office and I took a couple of tests at home, but I really never felt like it could be true.

60 Carissa August 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Do you say congrats?? But really, I’m happy everything seems to be back on track. I’m glad you’ve found balance and I think it’s a great story about how all of our bodies are different and even with the best advice we have to do what works for us.
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61 Army Amy* August 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Apps that help track your period?! Cool! How did I not already know about this?*
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62 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm

If you have a droid it’s called ‘My Days’ πŸ™‚

63 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run August 31, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Glad things are returning to normal for you. I must say, I never thought it would be so interesting reading about someone else’s period. Also, you look great no matter what weight you are.
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64 Melissa @ TryingToHeal August 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I mark a big M on my calendar in my room…but none of the others in my place.

And woman, this just tells how good of friends we are: we’re 3,000+ miles away and started our periods at the same time. I thought that was supposed to happen when we spend too much time together?!?! hahaha!! Or I just read your blog too much…good enough? lol
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65 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 3:17 pm

hahahahaha This made me laugh. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see you soon!

66 Dina @ DinaRuns August 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Love the honesty and openness. We (women) should not be afraid to talk about these types of things because I am sure in doing so you helped someone who is struggling with the same thing.

I had a period related issue that I wrote about this week because I am unable to get myself to workout on the first day. Not sure why but every month it is the same thing. It made me feel so much better when a reader mentioned that is always a rest day for them too.
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67 Jen423 August 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I apologize if this information is repetitive… but has your doctor expressed any concerns about the painful cramps? I only mention it because when I was young I just naturally assumed cramps were normal. My period was frequently accompanied by terrible bloating and often, diarrhea. It wasn’t until I was around 22 that I was diagnosed with endometriosis.

I realize not every woman with cramps has endometriosis. However, I think it’s worth mentioning because in my case it led to such a severe case of endometriosis that I was never fortunate to become pregnant. It obliterated my tubes and ovaries.

I don’t want to scare you, just share a small portion of my experience. Ever since my diagnosis, I’ve just always felt like I should try to help educate others. Just being aware of the possibility and how it could potentially affect your fertility is something I feel is worthwhile.

68 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I actually wrote this post yesterday, when I was cramping, usually my cramps only last a day and then they pass. I’ve honestly never talked to my doctor about this, but I’m not sure what is normal and what’s not? They’re bad, but not bad enough where I’m folded over in pain and I can still pedal through a 15 mile bike ride and 4 mile run with them.

69 MelanieF August 31, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Wow! I’m starting to worry! I have my periods regularly and I always have cramps, bloating, backaches & diarrhea when I start my period and the doctor never said to me that it was not normal since most women experience the same symptoms. It just last a day, and my cramps are not to the point of me lying down folded in pain, just like Meghann. I will have a talk with my doctor on my next appointment.

70 Brittney August 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm

So glad for you! Mine was NEVER regular from the time I got it when I was 12 up until I was 18. That’s when they realized I had PCOS. But for me, it was skip 6 months, have it for 2 months straight, skip 3 months, have it for 3 months straight… horrible stuff. I never knew when it was going to be there and I was too scared to leave the house without anything on for protection just in case… either way, I’m so glad I know when to expect it so I know you must be too!!!
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71 Kate (This Place is Now a Home) August 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm

So awesome to hear! Not only have you solved a bit of the mystery for your body, but you did it in such a healthy and natural way. HUGE CONGRATS. It will help immensely whenever that baby fever hits.
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72 Bri August 31, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Really interesting post! I’m sure you’re glad to be returning to a more regular cycle. I, too, lost my period for a while (at least a year) but wasn’t really worried about it…until my husband and I started talking babies. As a marathoner, I liked not having to worry about getting my period, but as someone who wants to become a mother soon, it scared the heck out of me. I kept my running the same (always 40-60 mpw) but cut back on lifting and became more relaxed about my diet in order to increase my body fat percentage a bit. Six lbs. later, I got my period. There are so many theories behind the mystery, but I think our bodies are smarter than our brains and know when we are healthy enough physically to carry a baby.

73 Grace August 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Thanks for sharing so publicly, Meghann. I have been struggling with period issues for the last six months. I stopped BC in preparation to get pregnant in a year or two had have not had a monthly visit since. The first few months I was in training for a half-marathon, so attributed the issues to that. This summer I’ve tried to lay off running but it’s hard to do when you enjoy it! I’ve also upped my intake (but alot of it consists of desserts, opps!). You bring up a good point about eatting enough protein. I do think I could increase in that area. It is frustrating when you worry about getting pregnant and not having a regular period. Good luck to you!

74 Jen423 August 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I don’t know what’s bad and what isn’t either. Everyone’s pain tolerance level is so different and, with endometriosis, the actual location, size & depth of the implants is how they classify the severity of the disease.

There might be someone out there with a bearable amount of pain but with tons of implants & adhesions in locations that don’t cause lots of pain (which is bad because you might not suspect endo as a cause of infertility). Or a couple of well-placed adhesions might enough to cause terrible bowel problems for someone else. It’s a mystifying disease. No known cause or cure. Very frustrating for many, that’s for sure.

75 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Do you think since I’ve already had an internal ultrasound that they might have been able to spot it that way? I’ve had two in the last year and a half and they both came back clean.

76 Jen423 August 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm

internal u/s wouldn’t have spotted the implants or adhesions necessarily, but it definitely would have shown enlarged ovaries (mine were the size of oranges, normally size of an almond) and raised some red flags (not just endo but other possible female issues, too). only actual method of diagnosing is to have a laparoscopy (scope thru the belly button). But doctors won’t normally do one of those unless they really suspect you have something going on that needs further investigation. It’s surgery, afterall.

77 Rachel August 31, 2011 at 11:06 pm

For what it’s worth, I had surgery to remove an ovarian cyst last year and the doctor found and removed some random endometrial adhesions that were *not* visible on the two internal ultrasounds I had. They were small and I think there were only a few, but I’ve barely had any cramps since then (which could also be attributed to going on the pill around the same time – who knows).
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78 Hilary August 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Thank you for sharing! I haven’t had a normal, “healthy” period for some time now. It’s been 1.5 years!!!! And even before that, I needed B.C. pills to get one. I too, have done a marathon in that time, but it’s been almost a year since that and my “little friend” hasn’t returned (honestly, not that I mind :P).
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79 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I know, I’ve never been so happy to have ‘usual’ cramps! I lost my period for about 6-7 years b/c of running too much, disordered eating, and anorexia. Thankfully after all that was behind me it came right back when I stopped ‘stressing about it all’!! Stress for me was a huge factor –and eating not enough and exercising too much was a bad, bad stress.

My husband makes me happy and calm, so I attribute this also to regaining my lovely monthly friend!

80 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Running and weight have had a huge effect on my period. I lost it when I first started losing weight- I was around 160 when I first lost it, which is technically overweight (I’m 5’6) I started running and got down to 139, then gained weight and got back up to 166 and my period came back. I’m scared I’m going to lose it again because I’m training for my second marathon!
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81 Kellie August 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I have not had mine for over 18mos. I had an eating disorder and was hoping that when I was “weight restored” it would come back. Technically I am at a healthy BMI now, but I really do think that unfortunately I need to be a little bigger. Sometimes the weight we want and the weight our bodies want us at are different. I have started eating fish and eggs again as well as incorporating healthy fats into my diet. My Dr. said my estrogen is still a little low and he is giving me 4mnths more to try and get things going before I have to use progesterone. I am trying Evening Primrose Oil as a supplement. I am 31 and have three children so it is not a fertility issue for me, but I know that my body needs the estrogen for my bones (not to mention I feel moody all the time without it). You give me hope and maybe I should take the kids for icecream tonight for a little extra fat.

82 Susan August 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I really appreciate this post!! It’s been one year and nine months since I went off birth control and I am still waiting for my period to come back! I don’t run a lot, have a very healthy body weight and body fat percentage, and don’t do a whole lot of strenuous exercise, so that can’t be it for me. And the doctors all say that it’s not cancer related. At least, not lymphoma related. I never thought of playing with my diet apart from taking B vitamins and eating meat. Good to know! I still haven’t done the bloodwork and am pushing to get an ultrasound of my ovaries. Who knows, chemo may destroy my reproductive system anyways, but it would be nice to salvage what I can!!

Thanks for being so honest about it πŸ™‚
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83 Ally August 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I don’t think the cramps are necessarily a bad thing…it might just be the estrogen coming back and it’s just a lot at once? When I got my period back this past March I had absolutely no warning and then it was just like a regular period for 6 days, cramps and all. I was stunned but SO happy! And it was after I hadn’t run for a really, really long time, so I’m going to assume my body really doesn’t like running all that much.
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84 Kristen @ notsodomesticated August 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Thank you for your honesty! I’ve always been fortunate to have fairly regular periods and when I have cramps, they aren’t too horrible.

What’s interesting for me, was that after I got off birth control a couple of years ago (after being on it for years and years), I dropped about 6-7 lbs very quickly. I think that particular birth control bloated me up, but I never realized it over all those years. After getting married, I went back on the pill but I went on a different one, and my weight has stayed the same (rather than gaining those pounds again).

As many people have said, every BODY is different!
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85 Alexa @ Simple Eats August 31, 2011 at 5:42 pm

SUCH a helpful post. I’ve had horrible cramps forever and I’ve been lucky enough that taking birth control has helped alleviate them!
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86 Hillary August 31, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for writing this, Meghann, and for being so honest—especially about the weight thing. When I was at my lowest weight (about five years ago), I felt awesome about how I looked, but I also stopped getting my period.

I was on a ridiculously restrictive diet (1,200 calories a day MAX) and was working out hardcore about 2 hours every day. It worked; I definitely lost weight. But as soon as my period disappeared for more than a month, I realized that was my body’s way of screaming at me to moderate my shit (for lack of a better phrasing).

As soon as I was a little more generous with my food and a little less intense with my exercise, everything fell back into place.

Do I miss the way I looked then? Sure. Am I happier with my health and my life now? You bet.
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87 Lauren August 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Hey Meghann, great post! You seem to be very confident, happy, and healthy – and it shows in your posts. You damn well should eat what you want! As I’ve discovered over the years, embracing a balanced diet – where nothing is off limits – does wonders for your body…and for your mindset.

I battled anorexia for several years post-college, and as a result lost my period for nearly 3 years. Once I reached a healthy weight, my period returned. I have to say…getting it back was one of the best moments of my life. (Never thought I’d be so thrilled about getting my period, but life works in mysterious ways). My cycle has been very regular for the past 4 years, even in the midst of going on/off/back on birth control. I’m thankful for my health, and for the fact that I can say with absolute certainty that my restricting-days are behind me. Life is far too short to deprive yourself…and to deprive your body from the opportunity to perform a very normal function.
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88 Kristin @ FoodFash August 31, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Have you ever checked the blood type diet book to see if high protein/high fat/low fiber says how your blood type is supposed to function? I’d def be curious if I were you!
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89 sarah (the SHU box) August 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm

as someone who also lost my period with running and a slightly lower weight (still healthy BMI!) and then had massive fertility struggles because of that (as you know!) — i can tell you that when you do want to conceive some day, it will be WORTH IT to have regular cycles and not to have to worry and struggle the way i did. i have done a lot of research and i believe that some people just have a more sensitive hypothalamus than others — the reason that some people can hang out with an 18.5 BMI, run 60 miles/week and conceive, and the reason that i was completely cycle-less with a lot less extreme stats than that. LOVE that you have been so open about this and i hope many others learn from your experiences!
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90 Hangry August 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm

For me, the feeling of feeling heavier did go away after awhile, although, like you I would be lying if I didn’t want more of a happy medium. Anyway, good luck Meghann!
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91 Sarah August 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I love your period post updates. πŸ™‚ I’ve been reading every day, ever since we met at the ’09 Foodbuzz Blogger Conference (BTW, are you going this year?? it would be great to say hello). It’s so great of you to write about this, as I read I wonder how many more women have this kind of issue and don’t say anything?

I haven’t had my period in 3 years, after going off birth control, trying to have a baby, being pregnant, and now nursing my 9-month-old daughter. I wonder if it will come back when I stop nursing, or if it will still be absent. I totally agree with you on exercise, weight, and diet being key factors in throwing your cycle off. For me, my thyroid balance/imbalance is probably also in play. Guys have it so easy! (though I’d still much rather be a woman with all these issues… πŸ™‚
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92 Carol August 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Just wondering if your dr. ever commented on your weight. Due to eating way too few calories and working out like a maniac I didn’t get my period for about 6 months. My dr. told me my weight should be between 120-128. At that time I weighed around 120. I noticed that when I am under 130 I had no period. Now I know I am well over 130…maybe closer to 140. I haven’t weighed myself in quite a while because I get a little obsessive. I know my body needs to be a certain weight to get a period, but I am also concerned my dr. may comment on me needing to lose weight.
Hope you are feeling better:)

93 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm

My Doctor always told me I was at a healthy weight and not to worry about that. Every body is different, so it’s hard to judge that stuff I think.

94 Ami@dashofcurry.com August 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Thank you so much for this series of posts– I too have struggled with similar issues of having/not having my period. It’s helpful to read your experiences, and I agree with you that upping the fat content in my diet went a long way in helping me get it back a while back.
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95 Holly August 31, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Hi πŸ™‚

Loved the post. I have to say…most people would KILL for the body you have. Not only is it so healthy looking, it lets you run and swim and bike and never get injured. You should love and appreciate it – you are obviously at the perfect weight for you, since your body is reacting so well, both training-wise and period-wise. Keep up what you are doing – I think it is the most healthy and well-balanced thing you could do for yourself πŸ™‚

96 Holly August 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Birth control doesn’t give me a period, either. My doctor “diagnosed” me with PCOS (ie he listened to me talk for 2 minutes and decided that’s what I had?) but my period was completely normal up until I started training for a triathlon. I did mention that to my doctor and he said that it could be part of it. I haven’t got my period for about 2.5 years, even with birth control. I’m marathon training right now, but after my marathon I’m going to experiment with lower intensity exercise to see if that helps.

I didn’t lose weight when training, though–I actually gained a little. So I know I didn’t lose my period from going too low.
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97 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Have you had an ultrasound? I thought you needed to do an ultrasound to properly diagnose PCOS? That was one of the first things my doc had me do to cross that off the list.

98 Holly August 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Nope, no ultrasound. But I guess not everyone with PCOS has cysts, anyway. I was born with a mild case of Adrenal Hyperplasia, which is related to PCOS, and my older sister has PCOS so it seems logical that I would have it, but it just baffles me that my period used to be completely normal!!
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99 Rachel August 31, 2011 at 11:11 pm

It’s unusual to me that you were diagnosed without an ultrasound – from what I’ve learned you usually at least get bloodwork done. My doc has said you have to have at least 2 out of the 3 main symptoms to “have PCOS” – irregular ovulation, screwy sex hormones (forget the specific name, but that’s what the blood tests are for), and polycystic ovaries.
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100 Kait @ One Love Run August 31, 2011 at 7:31 pm

great post! i’m a labor and delivery nurse so talking about womenly parts and happenings is a daily and completely normal occurance for me πŸ™‚ Isn’t it crazy how doing seemingly athletic and healthy things (ie training for a marathon) can actually wreak havoc on our bodies and get them all out of whack? And yet how it can recover and get back to “normal” once you make a few changes? It’s a crazy thing!
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101 Heidi August 31, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Very interesting post, and I’m glad you’re comfortable with sharing. A sports medicine doctor suggested I go off birth control about six months ago because my cortisol levels were so high, suggesting my body was seriously stressed out. I stopped the pill and my cortisol dropped immediately. However, I haven’t had a period since. After a variety of additional blood tests, she came to the conclusion that my body likely thinks it is starving itself due to the timing of my eating, even though I was eating a lot every day. She’s now having me try experimenting with the timing of my eating….an additional meal at 5 AM before working out (usually pb&j), a snack the second I finish, and then the same regular breakfast after showering. I’m also supposed to eat every 2 hours. My metabolism has already skyrocketed (eating ALL THE TIME) but I haven’t gotten my period back yet. Since I want to start contemplating the baby route in the next year, I am trying to stay vigilant about it. A bit worried about the long absence, and I’m wondering if all the running I’m doing is a factor too. The eating experiments have sure been interesting, anyhow.

102 Kristen @ The Concrete Runner August 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Sounds like you are doing everything right! I know there are several people who struggle with not having a period when going off the Pill (something I was nervous about when we decided to get pregnant) but never while on the Pill. I hope you are able to stay where you are at right now. Losing a period is a scary thing – guys don’t realize just how easy they have it!
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103 Kathleen August 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I’m so happy to read you use an app to keep track of your friend or frenemy. I use the FMC app for iPhone cause it was free. My husband laughs each tine I check it out to see when it’s coming or when i am feeling cramps. however it’s never ever right on. But I have been running all my life and I am 45 and the period has never been predictable. Not to discourage you- it did get more regular when I take breaks from marathon training. And I inquire about the irregularity with my doc and he keeps telling me that is normal for me based on how much I exercise. Im the same height and weight and the predictability
depends on whether i am above or below that 120 number. Ar least for me. I
know it sucks !
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104 wendy August 31, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Omg! I’m about to schedule a pelvic ultrasound because I haven’t been ovulating. I’m currently doing the old version of weight watchers so most things i eat are full of fiber. I never would have put the two together. Cheese and meat diet starts tomorrow… Baby should be here in no time, right?
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105 Liza August 31, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Thanks for sharing your story. I was a professional athlete growing up (a downhill skier!) and although I got my first period when I was 13 I only got it for about a year. It then went away until I was about 19, shortly before I stopped racing. It is really common in sports for women to not have their periods so my doctors were never concerned. I will add I was not sexually active yet so I never worried about pregnancy or anything. Unfortunately my body is just not cut out for the kind of athleticism. I completely beat my body to shreds and eventually had to quit at a fairly young age. My period is now normal for the most part (although recently it’s been acting funny…). I hope everything works out for you!

106 Kaiti August 31, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I love your openness about this topic! I can relate as my weight, exercise schedule and diet has fluctuated quite a bit in the last 5 years. I’ve been off birth control for a year now and just got my first period a month and a half ago .. then this month, nothing! Hopefully it will all even out with time, but it’s nice to hear alot of people have this same “problem”!

107 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 31, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I am so happy taht youa re having your period again! I’m still battling this – it’s been 19 months now for me. I really don’t know what to do, and it’s driving me crazy.
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108 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 31, 2011 at 9:49 pm

ps – i know people will jump on this comment. I’ve been to the doctor, gotten tests done, and I’m perfectly healthy!
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109 Sarah @TheExPatBride August 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I love my period tracker app!
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110 Marissa Elliot August 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Thanks for sharing. I’m curious about the fiber intake part. Is there something that a doctor told you about eating a lot of fiber and losing your period? I’m really curious, please let me know. Thanks so much!

111 Meghann August 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm

It’s something my brother (who is a first year resident) and an RD told me to consider. Too much fiber in your system could prevent certain minerals and calcium from being absorbed (or something like that?). It was a long shot when they suggested it, but I understood the reasoning at the time.

112 Kim August 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Thank you for being so open. I am going through your mentioned problem as well. It is very difficult for me to accept that my body can’t handle continuous training plans and that my body is not meant to weigh under a certain amount. I’m slowly getting there, but I can’t help but be resistant. sometimes i just feel so defeated and trick myself into believing that menstruating is not important. I’m sure my body does not approve. Do you have any tips for how you accepted these things?

113 Mallory @ It's Only Life August 31, 2011 at 10:22 pm

love the honesty. mine has been all out of whack too lately. i attribute it to my thyroid or stress maybe. i have an underactive thyroid and have been off the meds for a little while, but i think ineed to go back on them. i have been MAJORLY stressed but somehow don’t buy that it’s that. who knows!
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114 Chuck August 31, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Yes! Diet has a huugggeee impact on hormone levels and being underweight and a low fat diet can wreak havoc on your hormones. Make sure to include healthy saturated fats (really!) from real, natural foods, like grass-fed beef, butter, and coconut oil!
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115 Nina August 31, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I’d like to chime in as someone who’s been there and also been to mulitple fertility specialists. I have read a lot on hypothalmic amennorhea (basically, lack of period caused by overexertion or too little calories.) The high fiber intake is mentioned a lot. It causes cholesterol and some fats to be incompletely absorbed. Cholesterol and fat is part of the way estrogen is made, therefor it can interfere with estrogen.

Basically, we need to have a balanced diet and when exercise and/or weight are to extremes, the body won’t function as it should. What is ‘extreme’ can vary with each body. We all need to find our own happy medium where our bodies work as they should.

It has more to do with lifestyle than it does with past use of birth control pills. This was confirmed in literature and with the 2 fertility specialists I saw.

116 Shayla @ The Good Life September 1, 2011 at 10:18 am

Hi Nina. I was diagnosed with hypothalamic amennorhea – went off BC 6 months ago, no period, got blood work done and diagnosis was that. Doc told me to lower my exercise but still no period…based on your research could it be my too high fiber intake and/or not enough calories? I’ve researched all over the place to find answers to this and all I’ve found is to lower my exercise which I’ve done. If you could let me know more I would really appreciate it. You can email me at thegoodlives@gmail.com. Thanks!
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117 Sophie September 1, 2011 at 3:31 am

Interesting post. I’m glad to hear that you’re back on the track to some sort of normality, and thanks so much for sharing in something that peole may be embarassed about!
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118 Marijke September 1, 2011 at 7:01 am

Congratulations on consecutive monthly periods! (I’ve definitely never said that before…)
I only ever had one period before my doctor put me on B/C (18 years old) and I always worried a little bit that B/C was masking the problem rather than offering a solution. And what do you know, now I’m 26, off B/C and ready to start a family with my husband, but no period!
I’m seeing my doctor soon so hopefully they can put me on the right track and I’ll soon be celebrating my monthly period too…
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119 Jocelyn September 1, 2011 at 10:19 am

Thanks for sharing! Since going off the pill over a year ago I’ve had periods anywhere from 30-60 days and it is so nice to know that I am not alone. After reading all these comments I’ve realized I need to start paying way more attention to what I eat. I work out a reasonable amount and have a healthy BMI but my eating could use some cleaning up.

120 Brittany September 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I have been having the same problem. My period has always been irregular and after I went on BC (I hated the way it made me feel) so I went off. When I was on it, it came every month on the dot, no skipping ever. Once I got off, it never returned. That was almost a year ago (I think December) was the last time I had it. Somewhere around there, but my doctor didn’t seem to be worried about it. It could be because I run and work out a lot as well and I lost some weight, but I really don’t know!
I’m surprised how many other women have the same problem.
Glad you found what works for you, that’s great to hear!!!

121 Alexandra September 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I have so been through this! Like you say, your body isn’t meant to be under 120, for me my body isn’t meant to be more then 130lbs (I`m 5`3). Ever since university and the pill I haven’t had regular periods. I think I had like 3 the entire last year! By the time I graduated from university I had gained almost 30 pounds since high school (151). I didn’t look overweight and Doctor’s frequently told me that I was “too skinng” to have PCOS but I knew that something wasn’t right. This year I was determined to get in shape for our wedding and lose those freshmen pounds. I noticed that as soon as I started following the Ideal Protein diet my period started to come back! I’ve been tested for PCOS, ultrasounds the whole nine yards with no clear diagnosis. I think everyone’s bodies are different. One person’s body may function great at one weight and not great at another. For me, I have always been active and lean so when I gained weight in university my body was so confused! I think controlling my insulin levels by eating fewer carbs was a huge help. I feel better now then I have in years, weigh 125 , the weight my body seems to function well at and my periods are slowly coming back more regularly. I still recommend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility and seeing a Naturopath. Taking Hormones or the pill isn’t the right solution for everyone. In your case you needed to gain a few pounds to be at your body’s “happy weight” and for me I had to “lose a few”. Everyone is different! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

122 Allison September 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

Sorry to hear about your health troubles- for what it’s worth, I lost my period for years but it’s back and you’re not missing much πŸ˜› My doctor assured me that it would not affect my long-term health… Keep doing what you’re doing and things will sort themselves out!
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123 Stephanie February 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Thanks for sharing!!! I am going through the same thing right now!!! Sigh, can we chat more?

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