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Can cause irregular menses and also cause nonstop bleeding and extreme heavy flow! I thought I would post this in case you didnt know and some of you were having these problems (like me lol) and well Im going to make a doctor appt!!.

Comments (102)



Comment #1

I'm just curious...is this medically proven, or from personal experience, or both? I had this problem about 5 years ago and found out I had polyps (or however you spell it). Good luck at your Dr. appt!.

Comment #2

I had those issues last fall. Problem was my TSH levels were off the charts. My doctor wanted them close to zero, maybe a 2 or 3 at the worst. They were 28. My thyroid meds aren't to be missed. It's a bummer not to have insurance and have medical issues.

I had those issues for 11 straight weeks, couldn't leave the house some days. I've been fine now, even being OP for 15 weeks..

Where did you get the info that it could be Medifast related? Just curious where the disclaimers are..

Comment #3

A little more than a month ago I was diagnosed with Endometrial Hyperplasia and took meds for 30 days as the treatment. I have had TOM for 5 weeks. Very heavy and very painful. I have only had a 4 day break. Really sucks : (.

I guess more irregularity wont kill me..

Tracy.

Comment #4

I've had the opposite experience. Mine have been lighter and right on track. I think everyone's body handles it differently. I hope you all have some relief soon. That's just no fun at all..

Comment #5

I can't find any medical information online to support this. Could you please post your source? Many ladies have menstrual irregularities but I can't find any medical journals that state it is a side effect of ketosis..

Weight loss can trigger hormonal fluctuations as fat tends to hold onto estrogen. As fat is burned, excess estrogen can be released into your system which can cause changes in menstrual flow. But that is not the same as saying ketosis causes bleeding..

Comment #6

For some ladies, being perimenopausal also brings on the very same symptoms too.

Comment #7

The increased soy in the meals can affect your estrogen levels which could therefore affect your flow.... and cycle in general.... also your cycle can be affected by wt gain and wt loss so it could get messed up due to that.....

Comment #8

Body fat stores estrogen. When you lose weight via ketosis, you're releasing a lot of body fat, so you're releasing stored estrogen. That I can see as causing some people issues. If you lose quickly you could potentially have more issues than someone who loses slowly. Ok that part makes sense. The soy thing has never been clinically proven that I'm aware of, but I won't be surprised if that on top of what you're shedding with your stored fat would add up to a bit more.

Everyone is different and it depends on your body and your rate of loss as to how it will effect you..

Comment #9

I don't know if it's ketosis, or just a more balanced diet, but I learned those words of wisdom already through personal experience LOL. Mine's not nearly as severe as yours sounds. I kind of LIKE a heavy period, missed having it in my life- feels purging somehow. Like a good spring cleaning. oh boy. lolol *covers face with palm of the hand and just shakes head*.

Good luck at the Doctor's!.

Comment #10

I'm pretty sure that it's a combo of your thyroid issues and the soy in the Medifast foods and has absolutely nothing to do with ketosis..

Comment #11

I had these issues Long before I started losing weight. But that's because I have PCOS..

Comment #12

That would be an issue for me. My doctor has been blaming that also for the last 10 years. That is the only (peri) & menopausal symptom I've experienced and I'm 51. Wish I could ask my mom about her experiences. It's too bad when they pass before you care about health and genealogical stuff..

Comment #13

Ha ha! I'm so glad someone feels the same way that I do. In college, I went three straight years without TOM. Since I have been on MF, I have been on a perfect 28 day cycle and I love it!.

Comment #14

Yeah, sorry Steph, but I agree with Heather1958 and De... I don't think that bleeding is caused by ketosis at all. My OB/GYN is aware that I'm on a high soy diet, and said it can affect my cycle. If it turns out that the soy is too much for your body, check into adding more of the whey-based Medifast meals..

Comment #15

It depends on your body... I was as regular as a clock all of my life till I started Medifast (every 28 days since I was 11), now I'm on 2 months with no period (not preggers) and the one I had 2 months ago could barely be called a period. For me, it's the soy... Can't believe I'm saying this, but I miss my dear friend, Aunt Flo....

Comment #16

Could be the soy, but would advise you check it out to be sure. when I first started into the change, I had lots of hot flashes,,but did not want to take any hormone meds to help with them, my Dr told me to take a supplement called Estrovin, an over the counter stuff, that contained soy, which he said is a "plant estrogen"..

Comment #17

Estroven is the BEST OTC supplement EVER!!! hehe.

Comment #18

All kinds of stuff gets stored in your fat cells. I had a male friend who used to be quite a partier. When he lost over 100 pounds he kept getting high and he hadn't used drugs in years. He had a doctors note because he was terrified he was going to get arrested and they would test his blood as positive. He is still thin, fourteen years later..

Comment #19

[color="Blue"]I read that "ketosis" can cause irregular prolonged menses and well I used google and I know what all of you are thinking, dont always believe that but it can be a matter of things lol. Also, when I find it again I will post the link.

Yeah, I'm beginning to think that it may be my thyroid is messed up again because this happened last time! .

[COLOR].

Comment #20

I just visited with my dr. and he said he wasn't sure about ketosis and heavy menstrual bleeding. However, as people said, the estrogen in a woman's body is stored in fat cells. He said it has nowhere to go when weight loss happens, and many times your circulatory system absorbs it. I've had heavy bleeding for 18 months, and the soy in the products made it worse. So, I do soy-free products, but the fact that I'm still losing weight causes the bleeding still!.

It's a complicated system, but I won't give up on the products because I've had such success. even if I dropped weight on another program, the same thing would still happen. (Estrogen being released from fat cells.).

Comment #21

Hey thanx for posting that and well I have known that too, and our bodies are going through changes and did you notice a difference in your cycle when you dropped eating the "soy" products? Im thinking about only eating the "non soy" products for awhile!!! .

Also, your homglobin levels ok with all that bleeding you been having? .

Thanx for answering!.

Comment #22

Lol...agreed!!! At least now,,,at almost 60,,it is no longer needed either,,,guess there are some good things to say about age!!.

Comment #23

A friend of mine suggested estroven when I mentioned having irregular cycles and my doctor saying it was probably menopause. I managed 1 dose and had the worst hot flashes since I tried Niaspan (that was an ER visit). Evidently my skin is super sensitive and it feels like my skin is actually burning, not just a like I'm hot.

The fat releasing estrogen thing makes sense, because previous doctors I had insisted my hormone fluctuation was due to the excess fat and it making estrogen. So I can see the possibility of it dumping excess into the system. It just seems like it should be more consistent with the weight loss. I don't get short interims all the time and in no particular pattern (either among themselves or with relation to pounds lost). It's just haywire.

I think it's probably a combination of everything. There is no one cause, so everyone has a different experience. Ain't variety just the spice of life! .

Emma.

Comment #24

Sneakysteph, unfortunately I haven't noticed any difference while using the non-soy. I mainly dropped the soy products because I was diagnosed with a high possibility of uterine cancer. My iron levels are horrible. I suffer from severe anemia, but still keep on the program and exercise. It's tough!.

I use the dark chocolate antioxidant shake and the cream soups. So far, so good but I do hate being so limited..

Comment #25

Wow, thanks for the info! I had no idea. To top it off I had an IUD placed (installed?) 2 weeks ago that's thrown my body for a loop. I can only wonder what will happen in a couple of weeks now that I've added weight loss to the mix..

Comment #26

An interestingly I was at my regular doctor yesterday (also a TSFL coach) and he said that the soy should have no effect on my lack of periods since starting this diet. He said that the amount of estrogen is so minimal it shouldn't have any impact (either way) and it's probably something else.

Sorry doc, while I understand what you're saying I do find it hard to believe since I've never had this problem and people on these boards have very similar (sometimes opposite) problems... I definitely think the soy does have some sort of effect on our cycles. Just sayin' that's my opinion.

Comment #27

I'm just curious...is this medically proven, or from personal experience, or both? I had this problem about 5 years ago and found out I had polyps (or however you spell it). Good luck at your Dr. appt!..

Comment #28

I had those issues last fall. Problem was my TSH levels were off the charts. My doctor wanted them close to zero, maybe a 2 or 3 at the worst. They were 28. My thyroid meds aren't to be missed. It's a bummer not to have insurance and have medical issues.

I had those issues for 11 straight weeks, couldn't leave the house some days. I've been fine now, even being OP for 15 weeks..

Where did you get the info that it could be Medifast related? Just curious where the disclaimers are...

Comment #29

A little more than a month ago I was diagnosed with Endometrial Hyperplasia and took meds for 30 days as the treatment. I have had TOM for 5 weeks. Very heavy and very painful. I have only had a 4 day break. Really sucks : (.

I guess more irregularity wont kill me..

Tracy..

Comment #30

I've had the opposite experience. Mine have been lighter and right on track. I think everyone's body handles it differently. I hope you all have some relief soon. That's just no fun at all...

Comment #31

I can't find any medical information online to support this. Could you please post your source? Many ladies have menstrual irregularities but I can't find any medical journals that state it is a side effect of ketosis..

Weight loss can trigger hormonal fluctuations as fat tends to hold onto estrogen. As fat is burned, excess estrogen can be released into your system which can cause changes in menstrual flow. But that is not the same as saying ketosis causes bleeding...

Comment #32

For some ladies, being perimenopausal also brings on the very same symptoms too..

Comment #33

The increased soy in the meals can affect your estrogen levels which could therefore affect your flow.... and cycle in general.... also your cycle can be affected by wt gain and wt loss so it could get messed up due to that......

Comment #34

Body fat stores estrogen. When you lose weight via ketosis, you're releasing a lot of body fat, so you're releasing stored estrogen. That I can see as causing some people issues. If you lose quickly you could potentially have more issues than someone who loses slowly. Ok that part makes sense. The soy thing has never been clinically proven that I'm aware of, but I won't be surprised if that on top of what you're shedding with your stored fat would add up to a bit more.

Everyone is different and it depends on your body and your rate of loss as to how it will effect you...

Comment #35

I don't know if it's ketosis, or just a more balanced diet, but I learned those words of wisdom already through personal experience LOL. Mine's not nearly as severe as yours sounds. I kind of LIKE a heavy period, missed having it in my life- feels purging somehow. Like a good spring cleaning. oh boy. lolol *covers face with palm of the hand and just shakes head*.

Good luck at the Doctor's!..

Comment #36

I'm pretty sure that it's a combo of your thyroid issues and the soy in the Medifast foods and has absolutely nothing to do with ketosis...

Comment #37

I had these issues Long before I started losing weight. But that's because I have PCOS...

Comment #38

That would be an issue for me. My doctor has been blaming that also for the last 10 years. That is the only (peri) & menopausal symptom I've experienced and I'm 51. Wish I could ask my mom about her experiences. It's too bad when they pass before you care about health and genealogical stuff...

Comment #39

Ha ha! I'm so glad someone feels the same way that I do. In college, I went three straight years without TOM. Since I have been on MF, I have been on a perfect 28 day cycle and I love it!..

Comment #40

Yeah, sorry Steph, but I agree with Heather1958 and De... I don't think that bleeding is caused by ketosis at all. My OB/GYN is aware that I'm on a high soy diet, and said it can affect my cycle. If it turns out that the soy is too much for your body, check into adding more of the whey-based Medifast meals...

Comment #41

It depends on your body... I was as regular as a clock all of my life till I started Medifast (every 28 days since I was 11), now I'm on 2 months with no period (not preggers) and the one I had 2 months ago could barely be called a period. For me, it's the soy... Can't believe I'm saying this, but I miss my dear friend, Aunt Flo.....

Comment #42

Could be the soy, but would advise you check it out to be sure. when I first started into the change, I had lots of hot flashes,,but did not want to take any hormone meds to help with them, my Dr told me to take a supplement called Estrovin, an over the counter stuff, that contained soy, which he said is a "plant estrogen"...

Comment #43

All kinds of stuff gets stored in your fat cells. I had a male friend who used to be quite a partier. When he lost over 100 pounds he kept getting high and he hadn't used drugs in years. He had a doctors note because he was terrified he was going to get arrested and they would test his blood as positive. He is still thin, fourteen years later...

Comment #44

[color="Blue"]I read that "ketosis" can cause irregular prolonged menses and well I used google and I know what all of you are thinking, dont always believe that but it can be a matter of things lol. Also, when I find it again I will post the link.

Yeah, I'm beginning to think that it may be my thyroid is messed up again because this happened last time!.

[COLOR]..

Comment #45

I just visited with my dr. and he said he wasn't sure about ketosis and heavy menstrual bleeding. However, as people said, the estrogen in a woman's body is stored in fat cells. He said it has nowhere to go when weight loss happens, and many times your circulatory system absorbs it. I've had heavy bleeding for 18 months, and the soy in the products made it worse. So, I do soy-free products, but the fact that I'm still losing weight causes the bleeding still!.

It's a complicated system, but I won't give up on the products because I've had such success. even if I dropped weight on another program, the same thing would still happen. (Estrogen being released from fat cells.)..

Comment #46

Hey thanx for posting that and well I have known that too, and our bodies are going through changes and did you notice a difference in your cycle when you dropped eating the "soy" products? Im thinking about only eating the "non soy" products for awhile!!!.

Also, your homglobin levels ok with all that bleeding you been having?.

Thanx for answering!..

Comment #47

Lol...agreed!!! At least now,,,at almost 60,,it is no longer needed either,,,guess there are some good things to say about age!!..

Comment #48

A friend of mine suggested estroven when I mentioned having irregular cycles and my doctor saying it was probably menopause. I managed 1 dose and had the worst hot flashes since I tried Niaspan (that was an ER visit). Evidently my skin is super sensitive and it feels like my skin is actually burning, not just a like I'm hot.

The fat releasing estrogen thing makes sense, because previous doctors I had insisted my hormone fluctuation was due to the excess fat and it making estrogen. So I can see the possibility of it dumping excess into the system. It just seems like it should be more consistent with the weight loss. I don't get short interims all the time and in no particular pattern (either among themselves or with relation to pounds lost). It's just haywire.

I think it's probably a combination of everything. There is no one cause, so everyone has a different experience. Ain't variety just the spice of life!.

Emma..

Comment #49

Sneakysteph, unfortunately I haven't noticed any difference while using the non-soy. I mainly dropped the soy products because I was diagnosed with a high possibility of uterine cancer. My iron levels are horrible. I suffer from severe anemia, but still keep on the program and exercise. It's tough!.

I use the dark chocolate antioxidant shake and the cream soups. So far, so good but I do hate being so limited...

Comment #50

Wow, thanks for the info! I had no idea. To top it off I had an IUD placed (installed?) 2 weeks ago that's thrown my body for a loop. I can only wonder what will happen in a couple of weeks now that I've added weight loss to the mix...

Comment #51

An interestingly I was at my regular doctor yesterday (also a TSFL coach) and he said that the soy should have no effect on my lack of periods since starting this diet. He said that the amount of estrogen is so minimal it shouldn't have any impact (either way) and it's probably something else.

Sorry doc, while I understand what you're saying I do find it hard to believe since I've never had this problem and people on these boards have very similar (sometimes opposite) problems... I definitely think the soy does have some sort of effect on our cycles. Just sayin' that's my opinion..

Comment #52


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