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excessive soy consumption can cause thyroid problems that could lead to a similar situation. also, perservatives of different sorts as well--if you eat a lot of processed food.<br><br><br><br>
i would start by cutting out all soy products in your diet and consuming a whole-foods vegetarian diet.
 

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I'm very soy-intensive & 99.9% vegan, & my periods are getting later & later & extremely heavy (go though a super tampon in an hour for about 2 days of it... overflow my Diva cup...)<br><br>
This has only happened since dropping eggs & dairy almost 2 years ago, & seems to be getting worse.<br><br>
Not sure if this parallels the OP's problem exactly, but I think it's similar.<br><br>
And I would much rather have weird periods than eat animal products, so I guess it's a trade-off.
 

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excessive soy consumption can cause thyroid problems that could lead to a similar situation. also, perservatives of different sorts as well--if you eat a lot of processed food.<br><br><br><br>
i would start by cutting out all soy products in your diet and consuming a whole-foods vegetarian diet.</div>
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I only eat about 1 serving of soy daily, but after hearing about the problems that soy can cause, I cut it out of my diet for a few months and everything was exactly the same. Anyway, I got the sonogram done and I wont get to talk to my gyno until tommorow, but the ultrasound technician was very sweet and answered some of my questions. She said that ovaries of a person with PCOS have a certain look- they are enlarged with dots in a pearl shaped pattern. She said that my ovaries and everything looked great and that she is almost certain that I do not have PCOS. She told me that the gyno will probably put me on birthcontrol to regulate things. I wish that there was a more natural approach to treating hormonal imbalance. I don't want to live my whole life on chemical hormones. I think it is strange that I would have these issues if physiologically everything is fine. I will talk to my gyno tommorow and let you all know what happens.
 

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If it's not PCOS or some other cyst, cancer, etc. then you *should* be able to go without the medicine. There's no reason, as a teenager that you have to have normal, regular periods.<br><br><br><br>
If you were bleeding too much, then you'd have to worry about anemia, but not bleeding enough really isn't that big of a deal.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not saying that there couldn't be benefits, but it seems like they're really worried about everything being "regular". (when every woman is different)
 

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there are natural ways, you just have to seek out the one that is right for you. Susun Weed's book Wise Woman Herbal for the Child bearing Year has a lot of insight on different elements of healthy cycles worth looking into.<br><br><br><br>
if you don't want to take the pill, then don't.
 

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oh, and organica--you don't have to eat animal products, just cut out the soy. there are lots of soy-free vegans out there for a variety of reasons. i was a soy free vegan for a time before the cholesterol thing got figured out.
 

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Hi hopejoy! Sorry I'm a little late, but I wanted to reply because it seems we're in the same boat... I haven't had a period in about 8 months now, and after blood tests and an ultrasound, I was diagnosed with PCOS. I was on the pill on and off for about 8 years, so I don't know when it really started, but I had been a vegetarian for about 4 years prior to that and didn't have this problem. So unless your diet is really bad, it's probably not related to that.<br><br><br><br>
My doctor also suggested I go (back) on the pill, but like you said earlier, I didn't want to since I'd already been on it so long, and I was concerned that it would just mask symptoms of a bigger problem. He said that was OK, but that every 3-4 months I should take progesterone for a few days so I get a period, to clear things out. So far that's worked out OK, and the only real problem I've had is hypoglycemia (which actually improved when I went vegan earlier this year). I asked him if I would ever get a normal period again, and he said maybe not, but that it wasn't a problem unless I started noticing other serious symptoms of a hormonal imbalance. And even if you do have PCOS, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll need surgery, so don't worry too much about that part. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
It definitely can be a long-term condition, though, so if you're really not comfortable with your doctor, maybe if you talk to your parents and express your concerns, they will help you find a new one. I'm new to all this too, so I don't really have much advice, but feel free to PM or e-mail me if you ever need moral support. Good luck!
 

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i think you have some good advices there. in the book <a href="http://gardenoffertility.com" target="_blank">Garden of Fertility</a>, there is infomration abut increasing progesterone through various natural means--including references to other books about it. possibly worth checking out!
 

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Ugg... well, I decided to start eating a little meat again, and see if some of my problems clear up, because I didn't have them before this. I'm sorry if this is offensive to some, but in my case, going vegetarian seemed to clearly correlate with a number or health problems starting and worsening. For me, I'm pretty much only a vegetarian because meat grosses me out, although I also appreciate the ethics in not eating animals... Someday, especially if my health stays the same, I'll probably become a vegetarian again, but I'm not sure if it's good choice for me right now.
 

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I hope you are treating your problem with something more than just meat, dear hope, because i'm 99.9% sure thats not your problem. Best of luck to you though, I hope you find some relief soon.
 

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hopejoy...be sure to keep a good journal during this time. I'm highly suspicious that meat eating is the instigating factor here. Keep track of your diet, exercise, sleep, etc. If you can do some observation of cervical fluid too, that would be helpful.<br><br><br><br>
Again, I must say that a teenager not having a regular period is NOT a big deal. Many many times things just work out on their own as a girl matures.
 

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Thank you for the book suggestion, Zoebird. I will definitely check that out right away, it sounds like what I was hoping to find. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
And good luck to you, Hopejoy, I hope you are able to feel better soon. I briefly returned to eating meat for few months a while back at the insistence of my doctor for treating my hypoglycemia (I've had that problem for years, before I knew it was related to PCOS). It didn't really help, because my doctor just assumed the fainting was related to vegetarianism without doing anything to determine the real underlying cause. Once it became clear to me that my doctor didn't really care about finding the problem, I started to work on figuring it out myself by keeping a journal like IAmJen suggested. That really helped, because I became much more in tune with my body. Even now, without getting an actual period I can still track my cycles very accurately, and I realized I'm actually still quite regular (which is one of the reasons my doctor isn't too concerned right now- you might find this too, which might ease your mind a bit). Within a few months I went back to being a (now better-educated) vegetarian, and have enjoyed improved health and conscience ever since. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
So for right now, do whatever you feel is best for your health, and learn as much as you can about your condition and vegetarianism, and then make the switch back when you're ready. But definitely keep a journal, it's super-helpful. Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Here is an interesting article on this subject from <i>The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition</i>: <a href="http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/70/3/549S#SEC6" target="_blank">http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/70/3/549S#SEC6</a><br><br><br><br>
The author's conclusion is: "Although healthy, weight-stable, vegetarian women consuming self-selected diets did not experience more menstrual disturbances than did healthy, weight-stable nonvegetarians, population studies are needed to address the question at the broadest level."<br><br><br><br>
In other words, there's no indication as of yet that vegetarianism alone affects a woman's menstrual cycle.
 

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Here is an interesting article on this subject from <i>The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition</i>: <a href="http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/70/3/549S#SEC6" target="_blank">http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/70/3/549S#SEC6</a><br><br><br><br>
The author's conclusion is: "Although healthy, weight-stable, vegetarian women consuming self-selected diets did not experience more menstrual disturbances than did healthy, weight-stable nonvegetarians, population studies are needed to address the question at the broadest level."<br><br><br><br>
In other words, there's no indication as of yet that vegetarianism alone affects a woman's menstrual cycle.</div>
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I'm not even sure anymore. I've heard that a vegetarian diet can affect your hormones, but I've also heard that it can't. It is hard for me to eat a balanced diet because I don't eat gluten and my family is omni, so alot of days I live on beans and nuts, which is not balanced. Another factor in this whole thing is vitamin D. I do not absorb vitamin D well and have to be on a few thousand international units daily or my vitamin D levels go way down. I was tested in the spring and I almost had no vitamin D in my body. I took 50000 IU twice weekly for a few months and my period returned in 6 weeks. I had another one 5 weeks or so later and then went down in my dose of vitamin D and my period stopped. I then went up again in my vitamin D dose about 4 weeks ago. My period actually retured last week which was 3 weeks from when I changed my vitamin D dose. It was also the day after I stopped being vegetarian. I stopped last Friday. It is what is best for me and my family right now. My gynocologist thinks I have PCOS although my sonogram was fine, and I feel like I might do better on a lower carb diet. They want to put me on birth control but as I said in a previous post, I really want to solve this naturally, if I even have PCOS. I started the South Beach Diet today with my mom, as I hear it helps PCOS. Wow... I'm so confused about all of this... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Have you considered going to see a nutritionist? It sounds like, in general, you don't really know what a healthy diet is composed of, or how to get one with your dietary needs in mind. I do also hope you've made sure it was okay with your doctor to start any sort of diet plan.
 

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You reallllly need to see a nutritionist. At the least, they can help you a lot with your vitamin deficiency.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not an expert by any means, but have you been eating a variety of foods (including lots of fresh fruits and veggies)?
 

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You reallllly need to see a nutritionist. At the least, they can help you a lot with your vitamin deficiency.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not an expert by any means, but have you been eating a variety of foods (including lots of fresh fruits and veggies)?</div>
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You don't get to eat a wide variety of fruits and veggies on the South Beach Diet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> A bunch of people at my office over the summer were on it, and they could have no fruit for weeks, and they could never have more than like, 3 cherry tomatoes, and other weird limits on produce.
 
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Is the OP on the South Beach Diet? I guess I missed that. Anything that forbid fruits or veggies would be a no-no for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:">
 

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I don't know what I'm doing. I'm not fully on the South Beach Diet, but am mostly eating that way. I don't know that much about nutrition, though, but do believe that nutrition plays a big role in health... My chiropractor recommended the diet, so I thought I'd try it. It is really hard, I've found, to know anything about nutrition, because it is so controvercial. Everyone seems to have their own idea as to what it is.
 

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No, basic nutrition isn't really controversial at all. It's all the idiots who want to make money off a product/service who muddy the message.
 
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