Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Obesity, Menstrual Cycles, and Weight Loss

Girls gain weight during their menstrual cycles, right? That is something which I had heard sometime growing up and which I just took to be fact. So with over three months of weight loss under my belt (haha, pun intended) covering the time of four menstrual cycles, I thought it would be good to see if this theory held true.

For years, I’ve had the “empty pit” phenomenon of being ravenous in the day or two just before my period begins. When I can’t seem to get enough carbohydrates or chocolate, then I know it’s time to be prepared with the extra Ibuprofen and feminine hygiene products. A girl can’t be caught off-guard.

What I’ve personally seen, according to the chart on which I’m keeping track of weekly weigh-ins, is that my weight actually stays steady or drops just a bit the week before each period. As I wondered why that might be, I conducted a google search to try to find the answer.

Read this post in its entirety:

Menstrual Cycles and Weight Loss


  1. I wasn't able to comment over at HC...anyway, I craved red meat. No other symptoms that BIG PHARMA wants to sell pills for. I don't buy PMS. Who WOULDN'T be in a bad way when they know they are split open and about to bleed out for a week? Thankfully, I had a hysterectomy at 33.

  2. Diane,
    Sorry about the system at HC; they are having problems lately. :(

    I have had cravings for many years. Craving red meat make sense though to replace the iron lost through blood.

    Funny, I never really had "PMS" until MS came. I honestly wonder if it wasn't a minor side-effect of copaxone, especially since it has eased up a bit in recently months. Hmmmm.

    Thankfully, I suppose, my cycles have been getting shorter and shorter and less involved in recent years. 2-3 days tops. In fact there enough changes going on that my internist prescribed an estrogen cream for me to try. The official dx was atrophic vaginitis. Now isn't that exciting?