Thursday, November 18, 2010

This is the part where I talk about menstruation

I've been primal/paleo since April and in this small span of time many magical things have happened.

I don't recall discussing this on here, but I have been dealing with PCOS for almost 15 years, most of which has resulted in infrequent menstrual cycles (3 to 4 times a year, tops!) and some other minor side symptoms.

I was placed on Birth Control at 17 to help regulate and stayed on for 7 years before my body decided to let me know that it had enough.  After ceasing the pill, I went back to irregular periods for a couple more years until I self diagnosed myself with Candida.  I had all the symptoms and during a year on a strict Candida Diet (very similar to primal/paleo, but even more limited) I managed to regulate my periods once again.  That diet was very difficult to manage at the time and of course I fell into temptation.  I gained quite a bit of weight and went back to the same infrequency f which I had been experiencing. 

I'm proud to say that since going primal/paleo, I've had my period regularly for the months of August, September and October.  That's a record!  And I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the end of this month, too!  It's not really something that most women look forward to, but after feeling a little less than "regular" for a good part of my life, I think it's wonderful.


  1. That's great to hear! I have struggled with irregular periods too. This past month was my first ever 28-day cycle, pretty amazing.

  2. Congrats! lol

    It's exciting when your body does something that it should have been doing all along!

  3. I know I'm a little late in coming to this post...
    I too have PCOS, was put on b.c. pills at 17 to regulate my erratic cycles, and stayed on them until I was 23. Only to never ovulate on my own again once I stopped. I was vegetarian for 10 years (from the age of 13) and vegan for 3 more. Now I'm starting to rethink my diet. I've had success on the Zone diet, but the paleo, lower-carb philosophy makes sense, especially for PCOS. I'm hoping I'll have as much success as you. Congrats!