16 Jan
2010
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Yikes, and Double Yikes

Here’s a blog post that belongs in a “TMI, girl talk edition” category that I hope I never add anything else to. All the same, I’m pretty creeped out about it, so I feel compelled to share for anyone it may help. Because I am an old-fashioned sort of gal, I’m going to use the aphorism Aunt Flo in this. (So, you have been warned.)

So, you know how Aunt Flo visits most gals once a month? Well, for three of the past five or so years, I’ve been visited bimonthly by her. As you might imagine, this was not a good thing and well past “hella annoying” on the 1-10 annoyance scale. (Insert PMS jokes here…though, I have to point out, in my case, I am emotional and witchy during all of my awake hours, so good luck guessing when’s when.)

Naturally, I’ve been going to various ladyparts doctors. I’ve had my birth control switched numerous times and for a blisfful year and a half when I was pregnant and then when I was nursing, I was back to normal (or not having visits at all, which is normal when you are knocked up/nursing, or so my 6th grade health teacher said). After trying med switches, my doctors inevitably decided that I was pretty much a stress monkey (which any of you could have told them) and that was probably the root of my problem.

A few months ago, a work colleague was telling me a story about a friend of hers, or rather, this friend’s daughter. Her daughter was 7 or 8 years old and was having signs of premature menses and at one point, actually began having a cycle. As you might imagine, the troubles of being a 7 or 8 year old with her cycle (and the poor girl having to deal with it at a time when remembering to comb her hair can be an achievement) makes my situation seem rather trifling by comparison. Then apparently the girl went to see a specialist who said she needed to have hormones cut out of her diet – only organic, no-hormone milk, meat, etc. In not much time, she stopped having her cycle and went back to being a typical 7 or 8 year old, attending pool parties, considering chapstick to be grown up, and everything else that makes early girlhood fun.

As you might imagine, as I am an avid Law & Order/Poirot/anything-smacking-of-a-mystery fan, this illuminated a the tiniest of light bulbs in my head.

I eat a lot of dairy. We’ve already established my love of all things cheese and I have a bowl of cereal every day before work. I also have documented my love of red meat, which as a family, we are having success cutting down, both by doing more veggie meals and also less cow, more chicken. Could it really be the hormones in my food that were causing this problem?

Got (organic, no growth hormone) milk?

Got (organic, no growth hormone) milk?

I talked to Nick and he agreed it was worth trying out to see. We began buying the pricier organic milk and other dairy products when available. We tried to do the same thing with meat when we were able. One month later (or rather, two weeks later), I was roughly the same. The next month, my “second” cycle was only a day. For the past two months, I had only one period. Wow, what a weird Eureka! statement, but that’s how I’m feeling.

Seeing how easily my body changed (and in a major way hormonal way) from my diet was pretty bizarre. It also made me kind of glad (in a strange way) that I had these weird episodes to signal the craziness that was going on in my body, because otherwise we would all be eating roughly the same and it’s pretty scary to imagine (if our milk was doing this to a grown woman) what might have been going on in the body of our three year old boy!! On the other hand, it’s heartening to see that a relatively easy (though, I’ll admit it, quite pricey) change of diet could make such a quick impact on setting us back on the right, not-so-hormonal track.

I should point out, I’m not inherantly anti-growth hormone. In fact, I personally think growing bigger food-bound-animals is a good thing…more meat per cow means less overall cows (as a number) slaughtered; and less overall actual deaths is a good thing. But, in this case, I guess I’m no longer willing to risk it and I’d rather cut my overall consumption to achieve the same effect than mess with all those extra hormones in my, or my family’s, food any longer. Maybe when I’m retired and SOOO past Aunt Flo-type visits, I’ll be back, chomping again on super-sized cow. But, maybe not.

Have you ever had anything like this happen from a relatively minor diet change?

3 Comments

  • I’ve heard about people experiencing this, but never known anyone directly who experienced it. I’m so glad that your health (and possibly that of your son) will be better now.

  • Thanks for sharing this info. it sure is good to know especially with two little girls of our own. Super glad for you it has helped. What a pain to go through twice/month… once is enough as I’m sure you agree. I’m amazed how changing ones diet really does change how our body is operating.

  • Thanks for the comments, ladies! I wasn’t sure if I should share (kind of weird to blog about something so personal) but I thought, what the heck, maybe it will help someone. 🙂 Hugs!

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