Ideal Protein Diet - Changes in Your Lady Cycle?




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SFNinerGirl
02-12-2013, 09:52 AM
Has anyone here noticed a change in your cycle in the first few weeks? Trying to figure out if this is something due to IP or something else. Normally when I kick sugar this can happen but just wanting to hear your experience about this.


scorbett1103
02-12-2013, 10:24 AM
That's the diet. Women store estrogen in our fat cells, and when we release a lot of fat the estrogen rushes our systems and messes with our cycles. Some people find they have spotting for weeks, or more frequent periods. I actually SKIPPED my first cycle after starting IP and then had two in one month the next month. It gets better as your body adjusts and your weight loss stabilizes a bit.

BrittStar027
02-12-2013, 10:28 AM
Mine was really funky my first time on IP. I would spot for weeks and then get a 10 day TOM. Things were completely irregular and awful. I was also on BC and that could have been part of the issue. I have since found out that my body rejects the hormones and can't be on it any longer (all sorts of fun complications). This time around on IP things have been pretty good and regular. Hoping it stays this way!


SFNinerGirl
02-12-2013, 10:34 AM
I haven't been regular since losing my baby to an ectopic in 2009. My cycle is usually 51 days because of a tubal ligation, tracking with a phone app. It was due on the 11th, but I figured with the success of IP so far, and getting off of sugar might change things. So irregularity is nothing new to me but I just wanted to be able to prepare myself.

Not on any type of BC, my hubby and I accept that when it happens, we will be ready to be parents because of the risky side effects of BC. And with the tubal ligation, I have lowered my chances of getting pregnant as well. I know getting healthier will help a lot, but it's on God's time, not ours, when we get pregnant.

Thanks for the feedback ladies.

djs06
02-12-2013, 11:07 AM
My cycle is now SUPER LONG now (I am always at least a week late, sometimes two, but like you I have always been irregular). I'm also not on BC so this isn't all that surprising.

Lolo70
02-12-2013, 12:05 PM
Within a week of starting IP I had spotting. This was continuous for 2 months. Then TOM came back after 2 awful weeks of PMS. TOM stayed continuous for two weeks, quite strong. I decided then that I needed to get off the diet since I have medicals coming up in the coming days. I can't afford to have to repeat them. I found that increasing carbs stopped TOM and spotting almost instantly. I also use progesterone cream.

I may try IP again and see whether the second time around is better. I was totally regular before with only short TOMs and am not quite comfortable with my hormones being messed up.

FlooNimbus13127
02-12-2013, 12:47 PM
I've only been on it a month, but I had a period for the first time in 6 years. (I had an IUD in, and only last year switched to BCP.)

Now I understand why....

Ilovesugar
02-12-2013, 12:49 PM
Idk if this helps but I actually ended up ovulating for the first time ever after starting IP! I've had 14 failed infertility cycle including 4 failed IVFs, so this is huge for me! Hoping for it to continue. Best of luck with your journey! :)

Reads2kids
04-18-2013, 12:54 PM
I can really see how important this site will be for me while on my weight loss journey. After one week on IP, I started spotting. I had seen the sheet explaining the possiblity but now that I'm having spotting it's good to hear about others experiences. Thanks for sharing.

leannekarella
04-18-2013, 02:11 PM
I can really see how important this site will be for me while on my weight loss journey. After one week on IP, I started spotting. I had seen the sheet explaining the possiblity but now that I'm having spotting it's good to hear about others experiences. Thanks for sharing.

I've been on this 4 months, and I have an odd cycle anyway, due to PCOS, BUT... last month I spotted for 7 days, then had a full period that lasted 6 days, then spotted for another 5 days.

So yeah, the diet screws things up.

The rewards are a ton of weight loss! :)

amberjules
04-18-2013, 03:24 PM
Yep it's the diet. Any diet will do this to you because as Scorbett said, estrogen is being released into your body from the fat stores melting away.

I skipped my first month after starting IP, but then the 2nd month I had TOM for about 4-5 weeks. Then the next month was normal, then the next month I had to literally stay home for 2 days from work because I felt like a dang teenager cramping and hurting. I won't get into the details, but Regular tampoons didn't hold anything. I had to change at least 6 times in one day. Was a dang mess. Then had to go to the store to buy the most Super tampoon they had. Awful I tell you.

Now, 5 months into it, I'm normal right now. I'm sure I'll have more issues since these hormones are all over the place.

Stick with it. Once you get down to your goal weight you should most likely normal out again.

Canadiandieter
04-18-2013, 04:48 PM
Idk if this helps but I actually ended up ovulating for the first time ever after starting IP! I've had 14 failed infertility cycle including 4 failed IVFs, so this is huge for me! Hoping for it to continue. Best of luck with your journey! :)

Good luck to you! I've been there. I will keep my fingers crossed:D

sheila79
04-18-2013, 06:49 PM
My first period after 2 weeks OP was so heavy I couldn't leave the house for 2 days. I sure hope that gets better!

newday2013
04-18-2013, 06:54 PM
Ditto...I was in, what I thought was peri menopause since July, then I started IP on March 8th and within a week, I had a super duper teenage cramping period!! Had to take a day off work, couldn't even stand up, lol!!!
Haven't had anything else since, just cramping last week. But, stored fat cells be gone!!

DJ72
04-24-2013, 10:40 PM
So here I am.... A week late and hair falling out! Isn't this fun?
Also at a bit of a plateau. Maybe time to get on the treadmill... Which I affectionately call the DREADMILL because that is how much I like it!

scorbett1103
04-24-2013, 10:50 PM
So here I am.... A week late and hair falling out! Isn't this fun?
Also at a bit of a plateau. Maybe time to get on the treadmill... Which I affectionately call the DREADMILL because that is how much I like it!

Treadmill won't help get things moving, but if it makes you feel better just make sure you add an extra packet afterward to fuel your body in recovery.

I had some hair loss, taking biotin seems to have helped - and now that I'm a couple of months into maintenance I've seen a few little baby hairs growing back, so there's hope for our follicles yet!

DJ72
04-26-2013, 05:09 PM
Thanks scorbett! Reassurance helps. I am only 15 lbs away from where I want to be before phasing off so I will grit my teeth and bare it. Went out and brushed my horses. Makes me feel better they are shedding too. Lol. I have been taking biotin and omegas and it is still falling out. I guess I will at least be a slim bald girl! :(. Thinking maybe the treadmill can keep that weight coming off and get me to maintenance sooner.

GetYa1
04-26-2013, 06:42 PM
For hair loss, try adding a supplement, called Biotin. I haven't noticed any hair loss, but I am taking it as a preventative while doing the IP program.

As for the cycle, I've heard that many people with infertility issues have used this diet to lose weight and (ultimately) regulate their cycle. I've heard reference to "Ideal Babies," due to the diet. I, too, have PCOS and a crazy cycle, so I'm with you, SFNinerGirl, when it happens, it'll happen. :)

DJ72
04-27-2013, 01:40 PM
For hair loss, try adding a supplement, called Biotin. I haven't noticed any hair loss, but I am taking it as a preventative while doing the IP program.

As for the cycle, I've heard that many people with infertility issues have used this diet to lose weight and (ultimately) regulate their cycle. I've heard reference to "Ideal Babies," due to the diet. I, too, have PCOS and a crazy cycle, so I'm with you, SFNinerGirl, when it happens, it'll happen. :)

I have been taking Biotin right from the start. Sigh. Oh we'll, guess it is what it is!
I have suffered from infertility as well. No reason why I couldn't conceive according to two different specialists. I had my surprise miracle boy 8 years ago and have been unable to conceive again since. I wil be 41 in May... Getting a little up there to have another child, don't ya think. Mind ya, Halle Berry is 45! Lol

canic
04-27-2013, 03:25 PM
So this explains what is going on with my cycle, 2 weeks early and lasting much longer. I hope it stops soon. I have about 4 more weeks on phase 1 and I can't have my period for that long!

I'm also feeling less energetic, wonder if that has to do with extended period? Would it be OK to have an extra boiled egg to help me through the day? I'll ask my coach on Monday, but wondered if anyone has advice.
Thanks.

scorbett1103
04-27-2013, 03:36 PM
So this explains what is going on with my cycle, 2 weeks early and lasting much longer. I hope it stops soon. I have about 4 more weeks on phase 1 and I can't have my period for that long!

I'm also feeling less energetic, wonder if that has to do with extended period? Would it be OK to have an extra boiled egg to help me through the day? I'll ask my coach on Monday, but wondered if anyone has advice.
Thanks.

Absolutely. A boiled egg is a great choice to give you a boost when you need it! You can also have a 2-egg white omelet for even lower calories and still a good punch of protein.

canic
04-27-2013, 03:40 PM
Absolutely. A boiled egg is a great choice to give you a boost when you need it! You can also have a 2-egg white omelet for even lower calories and still a good punch of protein.

Thanks. I'll do this when I'm not feeling very energetic and hopefully it'll be over soon. Not fun to have period earlier and longer than normal!

kitakitten
04-30-2013, 02:10 PM
I am now beginning Week 7 of IP. Beginning in Week 2 and lasting through Week 5, there was non-stop bleeding and clots. I was really starting to worry about myself when it finally stopped. It's currently my TOM and it isn't different from normal, so maybe the body just takes time to adjust to the change in hormones.

isaiahsmommy21
05-03-2013, 12:00 PM
That's the diet. Women store estrogen in our fat cells, and when we release a lot of fat the estrogen rushes our systems and messes with our cycles. Some people find they have spotting for weeks, or more frequent periods. I actually SKIPPED my first cycle after starting IP and then had two in one month the next month. It gets better as your body adjusts and your weight loss stabilizes a bit.

Good to know, I am on almost 10 days late. I know I couldnt be pg but took a test just to double check. I keep feeling bloated and cramping but it never comes... Going crazy :dizzy: waiting for it so I dont feel so bloated.

isaiahsmommy21
05-03-2013, 12:12 PM
For hair loss, try adding a supplement, called Biotin. I haven't noticed any hair loss, but I am taking it as a preventative while doing the IP program.

As for the cycle, I've heard that many people with infertility issues have used this diet to lose weight and (ultimately) regulate their cycle. I've heard reference to "Ideal Babies," due to the diet. I, too, have PCOS and a crazy cycle, so I'm with you, SFNinerGirl, when it happens, it'll happen. :)

I too have PCOS! We tried infertility treatments for almost 9 years and then I had lost 70 pounds using Phentermine... 2 months later out of no where God gave me a beautiful gift. But phentermine is horrible for you and I gained all my weight back. I tried to get back on Phentermine to have a second child but I started getting "charlie horses" all over it was horrible, but then I found IP! I love this life changing diet. I am losing weight to get healthy and to grow my family, when I tell people I am losing weight to have another child I always get the same response... "Why if your just going to gain it back" but they dont understand. This pg will be different! I am determined to stay healthy because I have a 2 year old to run after!

spunky536
05-10-2013, 02:09 PM
Positively miserable here. My first month it lasted for 14 days. Just starting on the second month, and its brutal, but hoping it won't be as long. Can those of you who have been on IP for a while tell me if it is always that long? When did it get better for you? I know everyone is different, but just trying to have some hope/reassurance.

thanks!

heatherglen
05-10-2013, 02:43 PM
I am on the Mirena UID and my period had been happening once every 6 months or so, but now, it's every other week. I'm growing hair where I don't want to and losing the hair on my head :)

I happened to see my gyno and she says it is most likely the diet, but she had me go for an ultasound and I have a big ovarian cyst (just a normal cyst, no big deal), but we will watch that, and she ran some blood tests to see if she could treat the hormonal symptoms. I should know something about that next week.