Anyone here test? I get super low ketones during my period.
Hi, I have just learnt about this forum after googling about Keto and periods. I have had an IUD for the last 13 years and don’t have a period but since starting on fasting and Keto I am now on day7 of my period. I am seriously hoping it settles and returns to normal/not being there asap
You can continue keto but I suggest to consult a doctor.
Ugh. I am on my 3rd cycle since going keto.
I’ve always cycled like clockwork; I’d get my period perfectly on schedule. It would be average flow and last 4-5 days.
Since starting keto, my cycle has been totally effed.
First month, I spotted mid cycle, got kinda crampy, then got a very early and heavy period.
Second month, lots of cramps and a crazy heavy flow. We’re talking like soaking through pants, spilling while sleeping, gushing every time I moved my body. I was soaking through “Super Absorbant” tampons in an hour or less. I felt like a teenager who didn’t know how to handle her body!! (I’m 34!!) It totally sucked.
This month, third month. Same mega-heavy flow for the first few days, but then it tapered off to a light flow. Good right? Um, sure - except that I’m on day 17 of this light flow! I’m so tired of having my period. I am feeling so ready for it to stop. I wish there was something I could do!
I have heard it all levels out with time… I sure hope that’s true. I’m loving keto so much in every other aspect. If anyone has advice or suggestions I’d love to hear it.
(34f, 10 weeks keto, 35lbs lost, copper IUD)
Hi! did everything normalize for you? I’m one month in and experiencing the same thing you did! i feel like quitting Keto
This is what’s happening: the higher levels of DHEA is creating more estrogen (estradiol) and competing with the progesterone (…and birth control), testosterone and androgen and their are ways to block it…
I’d love to comment on my period since starting keto 6 weeks ago but I haven’t had one! I was due 7 days after starting keto and it just never showed up. I think I’ve missed two at this point as there’s no way I’m pregnant. Seems like I’m in the minority though cuz everyone is complaining about their awful new cycle. Anyone skipped after starting keto???
I have same problem with period: its my first month of keto and no period
My first period was about two weeks in and it lasted for nearly three weeks! But now nearly two months later I haven’t yet had one. For the record, I am not pregnant and that is a highly unlikely possibility.
We’ll all respond differently to the hormonal change. As I’m sure you’ve read, fat retains estrogen so when that fat is burned, the estrogen is released. That likely plays a big role.
Me too! My period was regular before keto - every 30-35 days it would show up, but since starting this WOE and excersizing 6-7 days a week my period is non exsistant, I know I am not prego bevause I took a test and it was negative…
I have pms symptoms come and go, and its going on 43 days since my last period and I am wondering whst is going on…
I could just be stressing out too much causing me to delay it more…
I am having this exact same struggle. I just went and saw the On/gyn today and he added progesterone. I’ve been keto since 1.2.18 and pretty much spotting EVERY day. I tried to stick it out. I am fat-adapted and have started to implement some extended fasting to see if that helps.
Glad to hear I’m not alone, 1.5 weeks in to keto I got my “friend” . I’m on bc and only get every 3 months regulary. Not due for 5 -6 weeks still when I got, and still have it now (it’s been a week) so I’m on 2.5 weeks of keto all going well accept this irregular event. Hope it works itself out ,I see some people are dealing w it for months hope dosent happen to me…if any thing can help please someone let me know the trick lol
I was at a point even 4 months on Keto and still spotting every day. I started a natural ulcer healing regimen which included Vitamin E 400iu 3 times a day and all of a sudden my bleeding stopped! I did some research and it seems that Vitamin E can be used to treat irregular bleeding. I do not know the exact mechanism of action but 2 months later I now take 2 Vitamin E 400oh caps every morning and still have no irregular bleeding. Hope this helps!
I started Keto just about a week ago. I’m 50 years old, had my period since the age of 11 and do not use any medication/contraception. My period has been so regular all my life that I could pretty much use my cycle as a calendar, ha! I’ve missed ONE period in all my life and that was nearly two years ago. I think I might be approaching menopause as the one change with my period has been (occasionally) during the last year is that they might be prolonged from the usual 4-6 days to 7-8 days. I was on day 4 when I started Keto; period was diminishing and I hadn’t thought of Keto affecting it (yup, should’ve read more about this) - after being in Ketosis for two days the flow suddenly increased and now I’m on day 11 with bleeding getting only heavier and cramps have started too.
Honestly…up until maybe four years ago I had suffered from very painful and very heavy periods, and it FINALLY started improving after almost 35 years, pain almost non-existent, flow getting lighter…and now this. It may sound overtly dramatic, but I think this might just be a deal breaker for me because my period has been a huge problem most of my life, and the thought of possibly having to go through this for 3-6 months like I’ve read some people doing (and who knows IF it will balance out)…I don’t think I can do it. I’m not overweight and did not really start Keto to lose huge amounts of weight - I wanted to get rid of excessive carb eating and balance myself out… I could lose 15lbs but I know I can do it with moderate carbs/added protein as I’ve been on those kinds of diets most of my life…however, I am really disappointed as Keto did/does seem like it makes sense and I do feel lighter (dropped 4lbs in a week). I think I’ll stick with this till the end of July and see if anything changes with my period.
Sorry about the long ramble… Was just wondering if any of the ladies who posted in this thread early on have any updates? I understand it is very personal how the hormones might react. Thanks!
I don’t know what to tell you: it could be keto, it could be perimenopausal, or it could be a combination of the two.
I’m 52, still perimenopausal, and I’ve been keto a little over a year. I still get night sweats sometimes and I still have morning anxiety sometimes. My cycle is sometimes three weeks, sometimes six weeks. Sometimes they are light and sometimes really heavy. All of this is related to perimenopause. Two things have really improved: 1) no more breast tenderness, and 2) my cramps are almost nonexistent.
I did have spotting between periods and they did dribble on longer than usual when I first started keto, but that seemed to stop around the 6 to 8 month time frame.
I don’t know if this helps you since the time frame is longer than you would like, but I do feel my cycle has improved.
Thanks Edith, I appreciate it. I’ve not had any hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms yet, unless you count the major sweating I’ve experienced now during this week on Keto
Last night I woke up to some “strange noise” and I realized my left ear had the most horrible tinnitus - never experienced this before. I am beginning to feel more anxious about this than I am excited so I think I will be better off going back to my normal diet, it should be balanced enough as long as I stay away from bingeing on carbs.
I’ve had my period every 2 weeks since starting keto. I’m 2 months in. It’s my understanding that estrogen isn’t necessarily stored in fat, but that fat cells have the ability to create estrogen, so when you lose fat your hormones take some time to adjust.
So the Vitamin E seems to really do its job.
I’m 3 month on keto now and on bc. The first cycle was normal. At the second one I started spotting two weeks before my period and it went on until the period was over. One week later I started spotting again and this time much heavier. I would reather call it a light period for two weeks straight. So I tride taking vitamin e 500mg three times a day and only 24hours later it all stopped.
My period (first since I started keto) started 2 days ago and then abruptly stopped. I’ve been very tense and I seem kinda bloated in my face and ankles but not my mid-section. I want to give my body a “shove” and get it going again because I hate this stuck, tense, full feeling. I’m so irritable that I went home early. Oddly, I had absolutely NO PMS symptoms before 2 days ago.
I ate a zucchini dish that had some slices of potatoes. It put me about 20 grams over in carbs. I’m willing to risk this and risk having to get readapted again if it means there’s a chance this irritation will end. We’ll see.