juni Posted May 10, 2012 Share Posted May 10, 2012 I recently re-committed to a Paleo diet and something strange is happening that happened the first time around---about a month in, I get the most intense estrogen overload symptoms. My breasts are so tender and swollen, my energy levels are wildly irregular, my moods are all over the place and I just feel "out of it". This did eventually level out the first go round---took almost three weeks though and I had kind of started to slip so my fat loss had halted...Now that I am back on in a strict, Whole 30 way these symptoms are coming back and frankly, they suck. Yes, I do take birth control and have for many years. I'm willing to hear arguments against it but as I have not had children, my gyno will not approve a non-hormone IUD. I'm fearful of the rhythm method. I've been in a steady relationship for almost 4 years so it's something I can talk to my bf about but I think we are both not too excited about going back to condoms...However, I realize that if I decide this is best he/we can suck it up and make the change. Another concern for me is that I've been on the pill for most of my late teenage and adult life (at least 17 years with very little time off). I went off them 3 years ago for about 4 months and it was kind of rocky balancing out. Any others have similar experiences with this? I read on Paleo Hacks that when in fat loss mode the body can release hormones like estrogen so it is pretty normal for many women in early Paleo transition can have some ups and downs. Is this true? Any input is appreciated, Juni Link to comment
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