messed up menstrual cycle?

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Posted: 11 May 2011, 14:05
i have had my period for 2 weeks now, with very heavy flow. has this happened to anyone else on Atkins?. could it be the diet? I'm 43 years old and have never had this happen before.

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Posted: 11 May 2011, 14:11
Well, I'm 43 as well and mine has been all over the place the past two years whether missed all together or heavy and it never goes away (it seems). See a doctor first and foremost, just to make sure nothing is going on on a hormone level! I found out that I had hyperthyroidism - Grave's Disease(don't know if that caused it or not, I didn't ask), but who knows.. it could be signs of early menopause (hate to say that).. could be a number of things. See doc then go from there. Hope that helps!! Smile

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 19:17
Go to doc. Mine has lightened up on the diet. Good luck!

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 20:21
go to the dr, I don't see how any diet would cause it to be heavier and for 2 weeks. it sounds like something else is going on. btw, mine is lighter too.


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Posted: 14 May 2011, 13:06
Happened to me. I had an ultrasound and biopsy just to be safe. Seems maybe at my age 49 1/2 (HA! on the 1/2) I may be pre-menopausal. More of nuisance than a worry. Go to the doctor!!!!!!!!!

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Posted: 14 May 2011, 13:42
Doctor!!! That's the only person who can diagnose it correctly.
My cycle got screwed up when I was still a teenager - but in the opposite way, so I take extra hormones now.
They also found a nodule in my thyroid, which is being checked every year now to make sure it doesn't grow.

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Posted: 14 Jun 2011, 20:38
Go to the actual Atkins website and do a forum search on that and you will see that it IS very common. There are so many young girls on there with the same problem since eating this way. I am not trying to put the diet down as it has greatly helped me but I am just telling the truth. Just check it out for yourself on the site. I just hated to pass by your post and not tell you. Good luck to youSmile

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Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 18:59
could be perimenopause. See your doctor.
A bad moment does not have to be a bad day, bad week, or a sign that you can't do this. It is a moment. Just that. Pause and go back to the person who really wants to be healthier and happier.

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Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 21:45
I *am perimenopausal and have been for years. I haven't had a period in months and lo and behold - I'm bleeding like a stuck pig. Today is day 5 of the little monster. A little more than a coincidence, I would say. If your bleeding doesn't stop or slow down, I would definitely call your doctor.

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Posted: 21 Jun 2012, 00:01
Thanks for the info Shellbaby - I did what you suggested and it sounds like a lot of women - of all ages and not just of perimenopausal age - experience heavy periods and longer bleed times in the beginning of Atkins. From what I understand, when we burn the fat, the estrogen that is stored in it is released - hence periods starting for women who haven't had one in months, such as myself, and heavy periods that last a few weeks or more for younger women. Makes sense to me.

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