I am really sleepy, but this basically covered what I wanted to say. Awesome statement, rawstrength!
Originally Posted by rawstrength
Eating poorly can cause hormonal imbalances which mess up your period. Before I went raw the first time, I used to bleed heavily for 8-10 days, twice a month in hot weather, and be in horrible pain. After being 100% raw for a few months, my period was every 24-26 days, w/mittelschmerz exactly midpoint, and was 3-4 days in length & about 2 days of a light flow of bright red blood with absolutely no bloating, cramping, or other symptoms. That was lovely.
After I had my son, thanks to breastfeeding, I didn't get my period again until he was 23 months old. Woohoo!
And, for making one's period much more enjoyable, besides eating 100% raw, Diva cup, yay!
I have come across this and I guess it makes sense what you put into your body will affect what comes out of it, and if it means lighter periods, why didnt someone tell me about raw food years ago.......
Have any of you tried the mooncup???
The Diva cup is like the mooncup. I love it, absolute freedom compared to pads & tampons.
Originally Posted by rainbows
What is the Diva cup and mooncup?
On my journey of raw, I have found that my periods have started to occur regularly, very lightly, and virtually cramp/pain free. Before going raw my periods were very irregular. As in, none for up to 7 months. Raw food has cleared my mind and body and is miraculous in every way.:)
I'm just starting out with the raw diet.. hopefully, the stressful menstrual symptoms will disappear!
A menstrual cup is a cup that is inserted into the vagina and collects the fluid during your period. It's a bit messier than tampons and pads, because you're coming in close contact with the blood to empty the cup out, but some people prefer it due to environmental reasons and comfort.
I feel lame for saying this, but I've never actually been able to use one! My hymen's still intact and it's always been impossible for me to insert it. That's one drawback-- your opening needs to be wide enough for the cup to actually fit.. insertion might be uncomfortable otherwise.
You have to fold the cups double to get them in, but I will agree they are large. I ordered the larger size because I had a child, but I should have gone with smaller. I think they should consider making a "maiden" size - you would have to change it more often, but it would be worth it.
I don't consider the cups messy. I put my Diva cup in during my shower in the morning, then remove/wash/reinsert during my next shower. On the heavy days, I do need to change it every 4 hours, which I do on the toilet. I rarely have any contact with the blood itself. I then just rinse the cup, wipe myself and reinsert, no big deal.
Much more gross was dealing with tampons w/their nasty little strings, or pads with the fermenting...the cups keep the blood from oxidizing; it is in its natural state and therefore has little odor. I have always been lucky enough to smell like pineapples or grapefruit during that time, but many women are self conscious about their odor and would benefit from this aspect of using the cup.
It is also nice to feel all self righteous about not polluting the earth with feminine hygiene products. I couldn't wear tampons after I had my son, because I would get toxic shock within a couple hours, so the cup offered an alternative to pads. Also, you can wear the cup even on very light or no-flow days, just in case (which is really helpful if one's period likes to play peekaboo). The cost is wonderful - $30 bucks, one time.
Sorry, I had to laugh at that... pads are so disgusting.
Originally Posted by rawbabymama
I agree with you on the smaller size idea, also. Even when it's folded up, the cup is pretty big.
Either way, being on my period makes me nauseous, but since going more raw, it's been a lot better, although my periods are now pretty irregular, I'm all with the "periods are a form of detox", so maybe I don't need so much detox?
On another note, I got the Diva cup last week, haven't had a chance to use it although it looks a fair size for size 1. Can't wait to finish up all those nasty disposables... :)
this is a very interesting topic. Although it scares me that some loose their period when going raw, the idea that the blood and the ovulation are two separate things is really interesting.
I have never had a heavy/clotted peroid, and it useually lasts 3-4 days, very little blood, but i get terrible pain. i have perscription drugs for it, and the pain really knocks me out for at least one day. the pain is indescribable, and if raw takes that away, i'm gonna be raw forever and ever.
Well, i'm just gonna wait and see, really...
Oh and i have to join in the chorus and say Moon cup/Diva cup is the way to go! Amazing, risk free, environmental friendly, easy, comfortable - a blessing!
i have read stuff about this and it makes sense that what we put in will affect what comes out, less menses im sure most women would be happy about!!
i just realised i already replied to this post, my brain at the moment, blame the babies!!!
Although some people keep saying that eating raw will allways automatically lead to perferct weight and body shape, I really want to emphasise that you must watch what and how much you are eating on raw. Fatty fruits (avocado, coconut, olives...) and sweet fruits are defenetly necessary to cover the demand of calories.
This took me to the pretty low weight of 110 pounds - I'm 176 cm tall so I bet you can imagine that I was pretty skinny.
I also agree that just missing the bleeding and missing the ovolation (and consequently also the mens) are two different things. You can find out if you have ovolation circles by measuring the temperature and observing the cervical mucus.
Missing ovolations are certainly a bad thing, but just missing bleeding while you still have normal circles, must be great.
Last edited by Cerellia; 05-16-2009 at 03:40 AM.
Coming from a recovered anorexic's standpoint, missing your period may mean that you're not eating enough too.
10 lbs gone in 21 days!!!!
In my experience, my period becomes very light, pain free and very quick when I start eating high raw. When I'm eating 95+% raw it goes away completely but I do still believe I ovulate b/c I'll feel very mild PMS symptoms (like getting a pimple or 2, or breast tenderness) each month but not actually get a period. It's pretty awesome in my opinion. When I'm eating raw I feel amazing as I'm sure you all do- so what could be wrong with that? Raw foods is our natural diet. I have also noticed that if I slip and eat cooked vegan foods for a weekend, I'll get a period that month.
As for animals, domestic animals do bleed. I work at an animal shelter and the intact females in heat typically bleed for a couple days once a month and many of them become more temperamental than usual. Wild animals do not experience bleeding and I believe they only go into heat a few times a year rather than every month. Wild animals are eating the food nature intended them to eat and living natural lives. Domestic animals are eating man-made, processed, fake foods- no matter how high quality some pet foods may be, a feral dog or cat would not find bags of kibble and cans of food running around outside to hunt! And just like humans who eat processed fake unnatural food, our pets are often afflicted with human diseases- and the same goes for zoo animals eating man-made diets. I have never heard of a wild animal dying of cancer. Yet every single day at work I hear about a dog or cat with cancer, kidney failure, liver disease and a slew of other illnesses that previously only affected people...to me it is proof that you really are what you eat.
a man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.
I have a normal BMI, I'm not skinny and I still have a very feminin body shape. I eat as much as I want (and that can be a lot) and don't save on fats which I manly take in form of avocados, coconuts and some seeds. (Just in case somebody wants to explain the reduced period by undernourishment).
I have allways had heavy periods from the age of eleven onwards. They were also very long with seven to forteen days. At least, they were never really painful. At 18, I was taking the pill for a year. My periods did not get lighter but suddenly, I also started to get cramps and stomack aches (not as bad as some other girls I know, but still).
I'm on raw vegan food for two month, now. The last period was heavy as usual. Already ten days later I could observe an ovolation (I was not secure about it because it did not fit into the calendar schedule, so I continued using condoms). On tuesday, I noticed a discharg of mucus with a little bit of light blood, nothing more. I did not even need a tampon.
I have heard that the period can vanish on raw food and that it seems to be one of the most debated topics weather this is a good or a bad thing. I just did not think that it would happen so early.
I'd love if it continues like that. The only thing that worries me is that my cycles have become irregular (only 20 days cycle) but I hope this is going to even out.