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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Can weight loss cause your period to come a week and a half late?

Can weight loss cause your period to come a week and a half late?

Yes: There are a number of situations that can cause a late or missed period. These factors include weight gain or loss, thyroid problems, diabetes, excess prolactin, for instance. All of these can interfere with regular ovulation. Women who are underweight with bmi under 19 or 18 often have no periods. This can cause health issues, so a woman in this situation needs to see her doctor. ...Read more

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Had weight loss stopped my period?

Had weight loss stopped my period?

Excessive or rapid: weight loss could be a cause for lack of menstrual period. ...Read more

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I haven't had a period for about 6 months due to weight loss , will my body shut down?

I haven't had a period for about 6 months due to weight loss , will my body shut down?

No, but: Missed periods from anorexia is fairly common; it is unrealistic to say your body will "shut down", but there are many organ systems that may start to show dysfunction and failure over time without proper food and fluid intake. ...Read more

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Can sex, stress or excessive weight loss affect your period?

Can sex, stress or excessive weight loss affect your period?

Yes, all three: All of these can disrupt your menstrual cycle. Sex can lead to pregnancy, making you miss periods. Both stress and excessive weight loss can dysregulate menses also. ...Read more

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56 year old male lost 20 lbs in a 2month period without changing eating habits , no weight loss or exercise program. What can cause this?

56 year old male  lost 20 lbs in a 2month period without  changing eating habits , no weight loss  or exercise program. What can cause this?

Does not sound right: This is what we call unintentional weight loss and should be investigated. No change in intake or activities, but significant wt loss suggests some metobolic/endocrine/neoplastic process is likely. Hyperthyroidism is most likely, but this is just a guess without further information/exam. I suggest consulting doc as soon as feasible. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can weight loss and exercise affect your periods? My period keeps starting and stopping? I have lost 23lbs in 65 days and work out 3-5x/wk.

Can weight loss and exercise affect your periods?  My period keeps starting and stopping?  I have lost 23lbs in 65 days and work out 3-5x/wk.

Yes: Congratulations on the weight loss and commitment to regular exercise! twenty-three pounds does not seem like a lot, but that depends on where you started. The fat layer in the body converts estrogen to other hormones, so conceivably, weight loss could change the ratio of hormones you're used to, and therefore affect your periods. Maybe just the exercise is putting your body into a new balance. ...Read more

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I have iud, is it bad not having your period at all? I have not had one for 7 yrs... And people say its not healthy(toxins, weight loss/gain etc)

I have iud, is it bad not having your period at all? I have not had one for 7 yrs... And people say its not healthy(toxins, weight loss/gain etc)

IUD safe: It is a common misconception that not having a menstrual period is unhealthy there are some situations where this is true but not the case with the iud . The reason why many patients do not get menstrual periods with the iud is that part of its mechanism of action is keeping the uterine lining thin or unfavorable for implantation. Most health concerns are related to a thick linings, not thin. ...Read more

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Whats the signs of withdrawl of norcotics period like how can u tell someone is going threw it? Wat can b done? Adult wise. N is weight loss involed?

Whats the signs of withdrawl of norcotics period like how can u tell someone is going threw it? Wat can b done?  Adult wise. N is weight loss involed?

Narcotic Withdrawal: Some signs of withdrawal are: - body aches - shaking - nausea/vomiting - insomnia - diarrhea getting over withdrawal there is a decrease in the intensity of their signs and symptoms. To get over the symptoms nsaids like ibuprofen/motrin can help with body aches, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help with insomnea and nausea. Immodium helps diarrhea. Your dr. Also help. Hospitalization sometimes is needed. ...Read more

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Had my period for 10 days, flow changes but not heavy just prolonged. Never had it this long before. Could stress and recent weight loss be it?

Had my period for 10 days, flow changes but  not heavy just prolonged. Never had it this long before. Could  stress and recent weight loss be it?

Anovulatory Cycle : Stress and weight loss can both result in an anovulatory cycle (no ovum released) which would give a longer time for bleeding as the Progesterone production is limited or absent. ...Read more

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Does eating oats as dinner regularly causes sex problems ? My age is 30 m . I eat oats for diet and weight loss for a short period of 1.5 month .

Does eating oats as dinner regularly causes sex problems ? My age is 30 m . I eat oats for diet and weight loss for a short period of 1.5 month .

All in moderation...: As the saying goes, everything in moderation. Eating oats as a typical part of a balance diet should not cause any sexual problems. If a person thinks he gets problems from eating oats, he can write down his symptoms on a calendar, recording when the symptoms occur, what he does each day, what he eats each day, what makes symptoms better or worse... and then take the calendar to the doctor visit. ...Read more

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There were six months gap in my period. It started again four days ago. The flow is heaviest heavy I would say. But I noticed I had a drastic weight loss in such a few days. Given that I have stopped exercising and eating lots more than usual. Is it norma

There were six months gap in my period. It started again four days ago. The flow is heaviest heavy I would say. But I noticed I had a drastic weight loss in such a few days. Given that I have stopped exercising and eating lots more than usual. Is it norma

Not normal : Several cause. You can wait and see if your periods resume normally in next 2-3 months. If not look for cause which could be female hormonal low thyroid or may be PCOS. Have gynecologist evaluate you. At your age it is not normal to miss periods for 6 months ...Read more

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Hi! I have had a missed period with no other symptoms other than a rapid weight loss and no appetite. I haven't had sex at all and i am wondering if there is a serious issue?

Hi! I have had a missed period with no other symptoms other than a rapid weight loss and no appetite. I haven't had sex at all and i am wondering if there is a serious issue?

See answer: Rapid weight loss can cause you to miss a period due to hormonal changes. If the weight loss is unusual and not the result of dieting and exercise you should see your physician to see what the cause is. ...Read more

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I haven't had my period for four months,hair loss,weight loss,fatigue,5-8 hrs a night,pimples.use to exercise 2+hrs a day. now i don't&am a hclf vegan?

I haven't had my period for four months,hair loss,weight loss,fatigue,5-8 hrs a night,pimples.use to exercise 2+hrs a day. now i don't&am a hclf vegan?

HCLF Vegan: The HCLF Vegan or fruitarian diet is a very extreme diet. I worry about you having an eating disorder and you may be missing important dietary nutriments. I am worried you are becoming malnourished. You need to stop that diet and see your doctor right away. You need a good medical workup including blood work and possibly X-rays. ...Read more

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Can weight loss supplements cause a period to skip?? I also lost a little weight recently . Does that have any thing to do with it??

Can weight loss supplements cause a period to skip?? I also lost a little weight recently . Does that have any thing to do with it??

Weight loss: The only way you might find out is to stop taking weight loss supplements for a month or two. With your bipolar disorder are you seeing a Psychiatrist and/or a Psychologist? If not please arrange that. ...Read more

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When I'm on or around my period I tend to get Bad food cravings then I indulge, how can I prevent myself from blowing my weight loss plan?

When I'm on or around my period I tend to get Bad food cravings then I indulge, how can I prevent myself from blowing my weight loss plan?

Specific patterns: need specific recommendations. It is good you've identified the problem as cravings. Underlying it are internal cues (emotional, needing something in hand or in mouth), external cues (how food looks) and of course ingrained habits. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692496157/ specifically addresses many different patterns with individual solutions, and general behavior methods. humorously. ...Read more

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I used Alli for weight loss, used it for a while during that month my period was late for almost 10 days. Should i continue using it ? Or what?

I used Alli for weight loss, used it for a while during that month my period was late for almost 10  days. Should i continue using it ? Or what?

Diet Products: Why would you? I know of no ethical physician who would have advised you to use this product that will not lead you to real or lasting weight loss. ...Read more

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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more