Changes in menstruation can be alarming for women. It is always good to know what may cause changes so we are aware of what can happen with our cycles.
There’s a possibility you may see a change in menstruation.
Studies on younger women who eat severely low-carb for an extended period of time end up with irregular periods or missed periods. Severely limiting carbohydrates may be taxing on the adrenal system, leading to hormonal imbalances that disrupt a woman’s cycle. Similarly, rapid weight loss can also have this effect.
The takeaway? Women may need more carbs on a keto diet compared to men, especially if a woman is noticing a change in her cycle.
On the other side of the spectrum, there is limited evidence that for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a ketogenic diet may improve their hormonal balance. The small study, published in Nutrition & Metabolism, found that a small group of women with PCOS who followed a keto diet for 24 weeks lost 12 percent of their body weight and reduced testosterone and insulin levels.
As always, be sure to talk to your doctor, especially if you’re using the diet as part of your treatment.