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A 16-year-old female asked:

Is it normal to have loss of appetite after your period is finished? i usually eat a ton before my period starts. during and after i cant look at food

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Appetite changes: Common with hormonal tides. To establish a healthy relationship with the effects of progesterone which rises after ovulation, plan your meals accordingly. Progesterone influences how women's sleep, mood and appetite. Talk to a gynecologist who is adept in treating premenstrual changes such as PMDD and sleep disturbances. I'm sorry that this physiologic event becomes the butt of sexist jokes!
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Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
No: If you're really very overweight that's not such a terrible side effect. Now, of course, why? Do you have a doc who you have discussed this with? If not, now is the time! Get going.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017


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