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Vegan = painless periods?

post #1 of 36
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I switched to vegan about 5 months ago, after being vegetarian for 3 years. Now I'm noticing that my periods are sooooo much lighter (used to be ridiculously heavy the first 3-4 days) and so much less painful (used to have excruciating cramps that would make me nauseous). Is there a connection, do you think? I wonder if it's from being vegan or from ingesting more soy, or what. Whatever it is, this is fantastic!
post #2 of 36
I haven't noticed a huge difference, then again my periods have always been fairly tame.



Hey, aren't you a bit young for this?
post #3 of 36
mhh, well as a teen (a meat and dairy eating teen ) i too had horrible cramps and heavy bleeding and it would last 6-7 days. now im a vegan. been one for almost 15 yrs maybe and i still get bad cramps and heavy bleeding but only for 2-3 days. im not sure why it shortened. they say your cycle changes as you change..maybe im just getting older. my periods are different now.
post #4 of 36
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LOL. Sorry, I suspect my avatar evokes an image much younger than I actually am...perhaps because it is a picture of me at a much younger age! I'm 5 years old in that picture. It was taken about 20 years ago. Ahhh...those were the days...
post #5 of 36
Mine are mostly painless now, too, though they've never been that bad.
post #6 of 36
My period pain is usually directly related to my caffeine consumption. More = bad. Foods don't seem to have an effect.
post #7 of 36
When I am a raw vegan (I manage for a while, but am vunerable to stress when trying to change habits), I don't even realize I have my period, as far as cramps go and whatnot. It lasts only 2-3 days too (actually it lasts that long when I am plain vegan too). However, when I start to eat a lot of processed foods, like the ones that are REALLY bad for you, man do I feel it. I get ultra moody and my cramps are the worst. Those muscles down there just are killing me and everything is so bloated and distended. Heh. Well, that's it for me and my graphic depiction. I never realized how much I took my "non-cramp and moody" times for granted until just recently I had one of the worst periods I had ever! ugh. heh
post #8 of 36
I am vegan. Mine are still horrible.
post #9 of 36
When I was a vegan, I didn't even get periods. I was unhealthy.
post #10 of 36
Also, many woman have horrible cramps in their teens who then grow out of them in adulthood.



I've never seen a difference.
post #11 of 36
I've always had terrible periods, independent of what I eat. The only thing that helps me is the pill.
post #12 of 36
Mine got a little better when I switched from ovo-lacto to vegan. Then again, I'd only been having them for a year, so they they hadn't really 'settled in.' Any changes could simply have been a coincidence.
post #13 of 36
Thread Starter 
I'm 25, and I have noticed a change in my periods since being a teenager, but that occurred about 6 years ago and nothing much has changed since. Frequently I still have had extremely painful, long, heavy periods.

If it's not the veganism, I don't know what it is. Organicorange, I'm just about raw. Most of what I eat is pretty much unprocessed. Maybe that makes the difference. My period was only 3 days this time, too! Craziness. Very lovely craziness. I hope this lasts.
post #14 of 36
Have you drastically reduced your fat intake? Dr. Neil Barnard in his book "Breaking the Food Seduction" says(if I remember correctly) that women can improve or eliminate PMS mood swings and physical discomforts by reducing their fat intake to 10% of calories consumed throughout the entire cycle.
post #15 of 36
Mine have gotten better, but not all the time. I still get mind alteringly painful periods, just only about 1-2 times a year instead of 6-9 times a year.



I eat much less fat now. (Probably about 10%)

I also eat more soy. (Which I think has made them regular)

I also eat healthier in general, get more nutrients than then.
post #16 of 36
I'd say that the change probably has more to do with increasing age rather than diet, but since it came on suddenly and at the same time as your veganism, i could be wrong. Going on the pill also drastically reduces cramps. Watch out for too much soy consumption (same as with everything - everything is good in moderation.)
post #17 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hmmm...yes, my fat intake has dropped significantly since going vegan.
post #18 of 36
i think that mine get worse with increased soy consumption.
post #19 of 36
you people who only have periods that last for 2-3 days are lucky!! i have mine for about 7-8days. im not vegan...just vegetarian, and i havent seen a change since i quit eating meat, but that was only a few months ago
post #20 of 36
I've never had bad periods. They're the same now as before. I do know that a low weight can affect your periods.
post #21 of 36
Thread Starter 
But with low weight, do they just stop? Or can they simply decrease? I don't think I have a low bodyweight at all, but I've heard that your body may have different ideas (than you) about what your weight should be...
post #22 of 36
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Originally Posted by Cassiel View Post

But with low weight, do they just stop? Or can they simply decrease? I don't think I have a low bodyweight at all, but I've heard that your body may have different ideas (than you) about what your weight should be...



You may just be one of the lucky ones enjoying one of the many perks of going vegan! Yea for you! As for weight and periods, I think that varies. My daughter is tall and thin. She didn't start her period until she put some weight on at 14.



Enjoy the lighter, less painful periods!
post #23 of 36
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Originally Posted by catgirl67 View Post

I've never had bad periods. They're the same now as before. I do know that a low weight can affect your periods.





in a good way or a bad way?
post #24 of 36
if you exercise, it'll reduce cramps..



but again, its more of the lining of your uterus..
post #25 of 36
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Originally Posted by ProudVegan View Post

if you exercise, it'll reduce cramps..



but again, its more of the lining of your uterus..





Uhg. Exercise makes mine worse.
post #26 of 36
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Originally Posted by banana_popsicle View Post

in a good way or a bad way?

Low weight can cause light or no periods. That can be good or bad. My daughter didn't start her period until she was 14 because she was so thin. Lucky her!
post #27 of 36
yeah thats about when i got mine too, and i was ansd still am small. but i have heavy, long, painful periods. weight doesnt seem to affect mine. i gained then lost 20 pounds and i didn't see a difference. i think everyone is just different.
post #28 of 36
I hope you get some relief soon! You may want to talk to your doctor. Sometimes the pill really helps alleviate painful menses. Cramps suck.
post #29 of 36
yeah i did go on the pill for awhile and it did help alot. but i don;t like pills. i dont even like advil. ill only take it if the pain is affecting something i am doing (i.e. working, school..) i can deal with it once a month! if it was everyday it would be another story.
post #30 of 36
i read somewhere that things like meats, cheeses and eggs, caffeine and sugars are really heavy hard foods on your system and when you eliminate them your cramps aren't as bad. i forget what else it said. i think it was in a pink beginners macrobiotic cookbook i have, but its packed away for my move so i can't check til october...
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