Benefits and Risks of Intermittent Fasting

FAQ About Benefits and Risks of Intermittent Fasting

Can intermittent fasting cause changes in menstrual cycles?

Intermittent fasting can potentially cause changes in menstrual cycles, especially in women who are already prone to irregular cycles or have a history of menstrual irregularities. Studies have shown that fasting or significant caloric restriction can cause changes in the hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle, such as luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and estrogen.

Changes in the menstrual cycle can range from mild, such as a delayed or shortened cycle, to more severe, such as amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation). It's important to note that these changes are not always negative, as some women may experience improvements in menstrual cycle regularity and symptoms, such as cramping and bloating.

If you are considering intermittent fasting and have concerns about its potential effects on your menstrual cycle, it's important to speak with a healthcare professional. It's also important to prioritize adequate nutrition and self-care during fasting periods to support overall reproductive health.