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Old 09-14-2009, 10:28 AM   #1
Lisa Smalheiser
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Question for the women (menstrual cycle)

Hi,

I was wondering is any other women out there had any changes in their period when they first started crossfit. I have been following the zone diet and crossfit for about 3 months, and I have not gotten my period for about 3.5 months. Did anyone else experience this due to the increase in working out and decrease in body fat? If so, did it just come back on its own, or did you have to change anything in your workout/diet routine?

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Old 09-14-2009, 10:53 AM   #2
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Re: Question for the women (menstrual cycle)

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Hi,

I was wondering is any other women out there had any changes in their period when they first started crossfit. I have been following the zone diet and crossfit for about 3 months, and I have not gotten my period for about 3.5 months. Did anyone else experience this due to the increase in working out and decrease in body fat? If so, did it just come back on its own, or did you have to change anything in your workout/diet routine?

Thanks!

Lisa
a) are you pregnant?

b) this has never happened to me...but it does happen to women that exercise a lot. as far as i've read (somebody correct me if i'm wrong), while the symptom isn't necessarily sinister (and let's be honest here, it's way more convenient to NOT get your period every month), it generally means that something ELSE isn't working correctly. it could mean you're doing too much/not eating enough/not recovering well enough. etc...

c) somebody smarter than me should weigh in soon
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:55 AM   #3
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Re: Question for the women (menstrual cycle)

Assuming you're not pregnant... Some female athletes do have menstrual disturbances. Sometimes these are related to serious undereating, up to and including eating disorders. Sometimes they are just the body's reaction to stress. Might be worth talking to your doctor if you're concerned.

Katherine

On edit: It occurs to me that inadequate food is actually a problem for a lot of active Zoners, at least until they get things dialed in. How much are you eating?

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Old 09-14-2009, 03:39 PM   #4
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Re: Question for the women (menstrual cycle)

Very common for women who are under too much stress, be it exercise, food, job, etc.

exercising in the wrong way can definitely drive hormonal imbalance, along with excessive sympathetic activity
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:37 PM   #5
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Re: Question for the women (menstrual cycle)

Have your thyroid checked. High thyroid can cause problems with menses cycle.
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:07 AM   #6
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Re: Question for the women (menstrual cycle)

I have the same problem. I haven't gotten my period in months since starting corssfit. I eat Paleo, I eat enough and I'm not sure what my body fat % is but it's not low enough that it should affect my menstrual cycle. I do have issues with spotting the day after really heavy lifts.
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:00 PM   #7
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Re: Question for the women (menstrual cycle)

It may not just be an issue that your body fat is too low, it may be too low for your genetics. Everyone has different optimal zones.

More than likely, stress, sleep deficit and not enough zone blocks.

Just like someone else said, your body may still be in WTF mode it being only 3 months if it was a drastic change of lifestyle from before. That being the Zone or CF.
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:08 AM   #8
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Re: Question for the women (menstrual cycle)

Are you on the pill?

Aromatase is an enzyme made in your fat base that controls the production of estrogen. If your too thin you might not have enough estrogen to build a uterine lining.
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:09 PM   #9
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Re: Question for the women (menstrual cycle)

Lisa -

My period stopped a few years ago and while I found it quite convenient, after a while it began to concern me. After consulting with a few doctors, I was diagnosed with PCOS - Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. It's very common in women. You may want to get checked out by a doctor.

CF has had the opposite effect on my period I am now more normal than ever and I think it's because of the exercise. I've been on the Zone diet and haven't experienced issues so far. I've been doing CF since July of this year. My BF is around 30%, hopefully a bit lower now. I am aiming for the low 20% as my ideal BF %.

It could be a coincidence in timing that you just started CF and now you're having these issues. The two things could be unrelated. I have no medical training, just sharing my experience.

I hope everything is okay! Keep us posted.

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Old 09-21-2009, 03:20 PM   #10
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Re: Question for the women (menstrual cycle)

Hi Lisa,
There are so many variables that play into secondary amenorrhea. Triad athlete, exercise stress, emotional stress, overtraining/undereating, cysts and etc.
I can't really think of any female Crossfitter's that lost their periods from CrossFitting and zoning. Actually, their cycles became more regular. On the flipside I am aware of female CrossFitters becoming amenorrheic when they ADDED additional workouts to their CrossFit workouts, did not take rest days and didn't eat enough to balance the caloric expenditure.

Again, lots of variables. Hope this helps. Lisa S
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