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 Post subject: One for the ladies - effects intermittent fasting on women
PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:33 am 
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Has anyone tried intermittent fasting on a vegan diet?

I did it while working abroad, mainly because a lot of the food available was full of crepe so I wanted to limit my intake.

I did it for about 4 months and then stopped when I got back to the UK. I've had lots of problems since, but the main one is that my periods stopped and have never started again. After over a year of to and fro with doctors I'm apparently a medical mystery.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this?


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 Post subject: Re: One for the ladies - effects intermittent fasting on wom
PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:00 pm 
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i don't know anything about fasting, i will be the first to tell you, but after my first international move i lost my period and didn't get it back for almost a year. i was by no means underweight. after a few months i went to the doctor, who did an ultrasound and simply said my ovaries were suppressing ovulation and wasn't interested in investigating why.
but i and other new expat arrivals who were in my circles commonly had that happen, along with hair loss and insomnia. The stress of an international move, even if you love it to pieces, is quite intense.

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 Post subject: Re: One for the ladies - effects intermittent fasting on wom
PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:11 am 
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Thanks, that's good to know.

I had terrible insomnia too, so it does seem to add up. I just assumed my period would come back eventually, but there's been no sign of anything and, similar to you, my GP is not really concerned about it, except for the risk of Osteoporosis it poses.

On my last visit, he offered to put me on the pill as it would create 'phantom periods' - he asked if that would put my mind at ease, but added they may cause fertility problems in the future. Not very helpful!


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 Post subject: Re: One for the ladies - effects intermittent fasting on wom
PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:40 am 
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I'm not sure what form your IF took, be it fasting every other day, fasting during the day (Ramadan-style), or what have you, but by confusing your body with uneven, random caloric intake for 4 months, you essentially alerted it to go into crisis/survival mode.

The last thing I want is to come across as judgmental or accusatory, but the concept of 'intermittent fasting' really alarms me. It seems like a form of dietary restriction/caloric monitoring that can all too easily slip into (or mask) an eating disorder. Again, I want to stress that I'm not accusing you (the OP) of anything personally, although I do wish you to be healthy and get a satisfactory answer from your medical support team. But I do think it's pertinent to raise these concerns, as many PPKers have struggled with disordered eating in the past and this post could be triggering to them.

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 Post subject: Re: One for the ladies - effects intermittent fasting on wom
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:04 am 
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Erika - Thank you for your reply and sorry I haven't responded sooner - I didn't see that you had written back.

I totally understand where you're coming from on the subject of intermittent fasting - It does sound very extreme. I can see how it could be damaging psychologically and so I really hope my question hasn't caused any trouble.

The reason I tried it out was because I watched a BBC Horizon documentary on it and was interested to see whether the claims of health benefits were true. I chose alternate day fasting, the main reason being that I was living in S.E Asia and they put so much fat, salt, MSG and whatever else in their food that I wanted to avoid it as much as possible (fresh fruit and veg wasn't always easy to come by).

I'm not sure whether it has been a combination of factors, but it does seem as though this has contributed towards things going wrong in my body.

Interestingly, I found a piece of research the other day which suggests that there have not been enough tests done on women for any facts or figures relating to fasting to be applied to them.

Thank you for your concern and again I hope I haven't offended anyone


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