CandyG Posted June 14, 2012 Share Posted June 14, 2012 Hello! I have never had a very regular cycle. Sometimes 4 weeks, sometimes 6 weeks, sometimes just a full out skip. I grew up vegetarian. My mother was a strict ovo-lacto vegetarian ever since she was 11 and found out where animals came from, and raised our entire family that way. No choice, or education, just told that this is how it was. We had many, many soy fake meat products. Soy milk, TVP, tofu, Morningstar Farms products, you name it. I originally went "primal" in 2009. Dairy in the form of local, whole milk from grassfed cows, greek yogurt, and cheeses remained in my life. That lasted about a year, before I gradually slipped back into my old eating habits. Lots of veggies, but not too concerned about keeping every last carb out of my life. Last July (2011), after gaining back all of my weight, (about 10-15lbs), I went strict paleo. Out went the dairy for the first time in my life. My last natural cycle happened at the end of July. At first I wrote it off as "well my body is going through huge stress, it just needs time to adjust." And then it didn't come, and didn't come. January I did a Whole30, in the hopes it would help my hormones. I have mostly maintained eating like that, although treats and cheats are definitely back in every now and then. My diet isn't perfect, but I eat zero processed foods and 90% of my meals are whole30 compliant. I went to my gynecologist about 3 months ago, and she first had me try provera for 15 days, that didn't work, then she had me do estrogen for 30 days with provera also on days 16-30. That DID bring on a period (and REALLY showed me how differently I feel with estrogen in my body, hello sex drive! where have you been?), but now I've gone back to no natural periods. I am about to embark on a second round of estrogen+provera, and am not really looking forward to this being the norm. My theory is that being raised on soy really screwed up my reproductive hormones. Perhaps going strict paleo last July and getting rid of the dairy was the last straw? Were my hormones somehow being falsely supported through soy and dairy? How can I fix this through diet and not through estrogen pills once every 3 months? HELP! Link to comment
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