Hey gang! I just wrote a pretty in-depth article about how a low-fat vegan diet can relieve a lot of dysmenorrhea (menstrual cra...
From what I can gather, there's no scientific info available about whether cooked or raw makes a difference on this specific issue. So I'm curious to gather some anecdotes from women who ate a low-fat, cooked vegan diet (ala McDougall, Barnard, etc.) before going raw, and who used to (or still do) experience painful menstrual cramps. Here are my questions.
1) What was your diet like when you first started having periods? What were your periods like? (painful, PMS symptoms, etc.?)
2) When did you switch to a low-fat cooked vegan diet? Did it affect your symptoms at all?
3) When did you switch to a low-fat raw vegan diet? Did it affect your symptoms at all (were there any remaining symptoms?)?
It seems like women can expect to eliminate animal products and vegetable oil, eat plenty of whole plant foods, and get ride of menstrual cramps, whether they're going raw or cooked. I'm curious to see what everyone's experience here is with those recommendations.
Well this is awkward. Seems I'm the first/only person to post here. My menstrual cycle has stopped since becoming LFRV. I don't know whether this is permanent or not.
Are you still ovulating? Do you check your body temp?
Umm... I'm a little uncomfortable about you knowing more about this than me. I have no idea how to check if I'm still ovulating...
Lol. Just come on over. I've got my forceps ready.
My friend got checked when she went raw and her periods "stopped". Her periods stopped, but menstruation didn't. Your periods probably have stopped for good, but you probably are still ovulating and fertile. see:
Um. Thanks Josh....
I read that article - it was great! Well I've been to lots of gynos about the absent periods thing and they never knew what was causing it, just kept telling me to take the contraceptive pill and have this invasive test, which I hated. I later learnt that the contraceptive pill is excreted through a woman's urine, goes into the waterways and raises the oestrogen levels of the fish, contributing to a decline in male sperm count. I threw out the drugs after that.
I don't feel like there's anything wrong with me, so I'm going to assume there isn't. I guess if mini Franga's are supposed to happen they will.
You could do the temperature test as suggested. Or whatever test my friend had done (will ask). I was told for my condition I should be on the pill for the rest of my life because my period and weight gain was so bad without it. I went off the pill for ethical reasons, and generally got out of shape... but my periods were bad. I went raw, and my last one was 1.5 days. I won't be going near any doctors again on this - if they stop, I know it is a good thing - periods are not healthy! That article is bang on right.
I keep hearing women say their menstrual cycle has stopped since becoming LFRV. Sounds super awesome... but is that healthy? I use to have irregular periods when I was on the SAD and after going vegan my period became more normal. However, I did notice the "cleaner" I started eating (aka more raw foods and less fat) the lighter my period became.
I have had irregular/absent periods since I was 17 so this is not necessarily strange for me. I also was taking the contraceptive pill just before I went raw so that could also have something to do with it. I've read many raw literature which suggests that there should be no menstruation if the body is clean. These authors seem to see the menstrual cycle as a form of detox. I'm not quite sure what I think but at the moment I'm quite enjoying this...