Saturated Fat/bp Diet Has Delayed Or Stopped Menopause?
When I went to see my NP for the first time in mid-May 2013, I had not had a period since early January. She recommended a 24 hour urine hormone test, which I took, and I clearly wasn't making much progesterone and estrogen at that time (menopause levels). My mother went through menopause at age 41 (I was, and am, 45 years old), so menopause seemed like a very reasonable conclusion. I had never had a cessation of my menstrual cycles before -- I had been very regular since I was 12 and really only started having slightly irregular periods in 2011-2012.
I started bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) about the same time I started transitioning to a BP diet, in early July. The hormones didn't seem to work with my body chemistry -- I gained almost 10 lbs in 3 months -- and went off BHRT in early October. I went off the hormones cold turkey and had a "fake" menstrual period when I stopped BHRT. My body doesn't clear estrogen very well.
Amazingly, I had a "real" period in November (not a hormone-induced period), then another in December and now in January. Three regular cyles, 27 days apart. I guess I'm blown away. I would have expected a random period, but not for my cycles to start over again.
What kicked my ovaries back into action?
BTW, I ate a very low calorie diet for quite a few years. My theory is my body finally had the building blocks again to make various hormones. The right fats and cholesterol.