Calling All Vegans. Tell Me About Your Periods
If you follow my page, you know how much I care about women and women’s health. I want women to be fully nourished and to eat in a way that supports ovulation and hormones.
I am, therefore, concerned about any diet that can impair ovulation or progesterone. That includes a low-carb or keto diet, which can stop ovulation and periods. That also potentially includes an exclusively plant-based or vegan diet, which can stop ovulation, but more often seems to cause longer cycles and progesterone deficiency. (But can dramatically improve period heaviness and cramps due to the benefits of removing dairy.)
I'm particularly interested in hearing from women who have been vegan for at least a year because that's how long it takes to deplete reserves of nutrients such as vitamin A, a make-or-break nutrient for period health.
Having the less active form of the enzyme (from the BCM01 gene) to convert beta carotene to vitamin A is probably why some women crash more quickly on a vegan diet.
Tip: Bumpy skin on the back of the arms (keratosis pilaris) is a sign of vitamin A deficiency.