Is Losing Your Period a Sign That Your Body is Healthy & Clean? + My Experience Losing My Period

Is Losing Your Period A Sign Your Body is Clean?!

This is a very controversial, feminine topic that needs to be discussed, as a lot of girls and women who eat a raw foods diet commonly lose their period. I lost my period eating a raw foods diet and have done the research to discover the truth on what caused this and why so many other women who have gone raw vegan also lose their period, too.

I was interviewed by Johanna Sophia, the CEO and Founder of Johanna’s Raw Foods on her Raw Food Summit, she asked me this question as I shared my testimonial about how I lost my period eating raw. You can listen to that interview here.

Period loss happens to almost every young girl or women who transitions to a raw foods diet, so it’s quite ‘normal’ to los yor period eating fully raw, as you will see this happen in the community.

Before I get into the post and share my research, let me first insert a disclaimer here: I am NOT a medical doctor nor a physician. I do not give any medical or health advise; I am simply stating the facts and sharing my experience, knowledge and research. Speak to your doctor if you feel it’s necessary.

***IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE/WARNING***

This post is NOT intended for those with an eating disorder or ladies who have lost their period via unhealthy dieting. This post is for ladies who have lost their period the healthy way, after/while adopting a plant-based lifestyle and are curious to know why it happened and what it means. 

It’s crucial that I make a few things clear in this post (and right now in this disclaimer), as many may easily take what I have said in this post out of context. I am simply sharing MY OWN experiences on how I lost my period on a raw foods lifestyle and how I got it back, along with the shocking research I have found and learned along the way. Although this happens to almost every woman or young girl who goes vegan or raw, the changes you will see may vary, especially from time to time. EVERY-BODY is different, so I can’t speak for every lady who loses her period. It’s important to note that just because a women loses her period after eating plant-based, does not ALWAYS indicate ‘cleanliness’. We would have to look at other means like her fat percentage, hormones and stress levels, etc… 

I am NO doctor, holistic specialist, nor a medical practitioner in any way. Being that everybody is different, you may continue menstruating even after eating 100% raw. Whether your period will disappear completely is unknown. The body is amazing and knows exactly what to do. 

It’s important to note that I am NOT encouraging ladies to lose their period. I just want to shed light on this very controversial, yet important topic that needs to be discussed. I do not expect everyone reading this post to believe me, let alone agree with what has been said in this post. Do your own research and decide for yourself. I know what has worked for me and many other women in this community. 

I have researched this topic deeply, only to discover some really fascinating discoveries and truths the industry doesn’t want you to know about your menstrual cycle. I will link all my research sources for you below. 

 

Now, onto the research.

 

My Experience Losing My Period
When I first got into this lifestyle back in 2012, I transitioned as a vegan, then was inspired 4 months later to eat 100% raw. Long story short, when I ate 100% raw with absolutely NO cooked foods (and remember, this is just MY experience. You may or may not have the same results as me), I was not menstruating for about 4 to 6 months! I didn’t know exactly why this was happening to my body, but took an educated guess that it was because my body was detoxing since I was eating fully raw vegan. As I began doing further research, I found out that I was not alone and there were many other women and young girls in the community who also stopped menstruating while eating a raw foods diet.

As you will learn, period loss happens to almost every lady who transitions to a plant-based, cruelly-free lifestyle.

It’s important to note that I felt GREAT not having to worry about my period every month for 6 months. I didn’t feel any less healthy and actually felt better without my period to be honest.

I know my body and have experimented with it well many times during my vegan journey to know which foods will affect and determine whether or not my menstrual cycle will ‘flow’ that month or the next month, and so fourth. Now that I’m fully raw and don’t eat cooked foods anymore, I have been able to keep my period at bay.

When I used to eat cooked foods (cooked above 118 degrees) with raw foods, my period would often come back. I noticed a fluctuation in my cycle and it was because I was on and off of cooked vegan foods and raw living foods.

 

Worrying You Lost Your Period? 
Should woman be menstruating monthly? Is not having your period a sign of hormone imbalance? Is not having your period a sign of deficiency or that you’re unhealthy and unclean? And is not having your period a sign that your bones are weak?

Many girls who lose their period often worry and try numerous things to get it back. It’s often advised that to get your period back, you should stop exercising and eat more calories and incorporate more plant-based fats in your diet. What if I told you that almost everything you were taught about menstrual cycles was a complete LIE?! Now I don’t expect you to believe me without doing your own research. I will link my sources below for you to see for yourself.

What Your Body is Actually Telling You When You No Longer Menstruate After Adopting a Plant-Based Lifestyle
I did a lot of research about this topic and found a lot of sources that show getting your period is important and if you don’t have one, it’s a sign of weak bones (and possible osteoporosis in the future), you can’t have kids and you’re not healthy.

Unless you have an eating disorder, then your body will stop menstruating because of malnutrition. Then in that case, as I stated in my disclaimer above, the research presented here do not apply to you.

According to Markus Rothkranz, when a women loses her period on a raw foods diet, it’s a sign her body is clean. A healthy women doesn’t need her period in order to be healthy and fertile. Markus describes menstruation as your body “doing dishes” or “cleaning up”. If there is nothing to clean, there’s no reason to menstruate. And since a raw foods diet IS clean, your period naturally becomes lighter and/or disappears altogether. Your hormones will learn to balance themselves, as raw living foods are great for balancing hormones.

 

Is It Healthy For A Women To Lose Her Period Altogether? Is It A Draw For Concern? 

Well, the draw of concern really depends on the lifestyle. We would have to look at the various reasons as to why a women or young girl lost her period and see if it was via healthy or unhealthy means. 

Let’s take a look at a couple of examples. 

Unhealthy Period Loss

For obvious reasons, if an anorexia or orthorexia girl or women with some kind of eating disorder unexpectedly loses her period, then this would be a great cause for concern as her reason for losing her period was due to malnutrition. When period is lost via malnutrition, this is not healthy and should be checked with a doctor. 

Healthy Period Loss

If a young girl or women loses her period because she adopts a healthy, clean, plant-based lifestyle rich in organic fruits and vegetables with some nuts and seeds, exercises, feels energetic and happy – then there should be no draw for concern. 

Typically, your period may come back a few months after eating a clean lifestyle. I will elaborate more on this at a later time and day.  

And yes, despite contrary belief, it’s still very possible for a women or young girl who loses their period via healthy means because of a diet change (like plant-based foods), to ovulate. As long as ovulation occurs, healthy pregnancy can take place, regardless of whether the uterus lining sheds or not. 

 

Now, which do you think is healthy? Which lifestyle would you prefer? If you could experience a lighter and shorter menstrual cycle, would you change your way of eating or would you continue to believe that heavy, long periods are healthy and normal? 

Just because something is ‘normal’, doesn’t make it healthy or right. 

 

One thing I noticed as a vegan, my period only lasts 3-4 days (or 6 days at most) with light bleeding.

How Cooked And Raw Foods Affects My Period
Cooked foods makes my period heavy and dark, whereas raw living foods makes my flow lighter (and healthier).

Markus isn’t the only one who has his truth about the menstrual cycle topic…

Below is an excerpt from a really good book called God’s Way To Ultimate Health: A Common Sense Guide for Eliminating Sickness Through Nutrition. The book is written by Michael Dye and George H. Malkmus. Below is Chapter 13 from that book, where Rhonda Malkmus talks about PMS, menopause and diet. it’s a really good read. Click on the image to enlarge it or click here to read the full passage.

Chapter 13 in God’s Way To Ultimate Health Book. Click on the image to enlarge it or click here to read the full chapter online.

Are you interested in learning the beginning of your new menstrual cycle and why adopting a vegan lifestyle makes your period go away? Download my FREE Period Report where you’ll learn why going vegan changes your hormones and the top 3 superfoods that help reduce menstrual cramps, along with a BONUS recipe you’ll love!

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Ladies, you may be interested to learn that if you take Marine Phytoplankton while on your period, your flow will be lighter and healthier, with less mood swings and reduced cramps, aches and pain. Marine Phytoplankton Oceans Alive is the WORLD’S MOST POTENT AND POWERFUL SUPERFOOD you can consume and incorporate in your diet. Without this one superfood, you, I or ANYTHING would not exist! Marine phytoplankton is responsible for up to 90% of all the oxygen we breathe! If I do get my period, I notice taking Marine Phytoplankton Oceans Alive while on my period really helps me bleed less and my period is shorter. I highly recommend getting your hands on this superfood. 

 

 

Remember, EVERY-BODY IS DIFFERENT! I know some raw foodists who happen to still get their periods monthly while eating fully raw due to the increase of calorie consumption. If you by any chance get your period, it should be light and not heavy. The lighter you menstruate, the cleaner you are.

Tips On Getting Your Period Back

If you’re concerned about not having a period, there are herbs you can take to help you have a flow. Vitex and raspberry leaf tea are two herbs that help balance women’s hormones and supports a healthy reproductive system. Vitex in particular, helps a women shed uterine lining, giving her a natural and healthy cycle (one that is light with no severe menstrual cramps and pains, of course). Some girls report reducing their intense workout to get their period back. Incorporating steamed, cooked and/or baked foods is a good option for those wanting to get their period back. 

 

It would be interesting to do an interview series featuring girls/women who have gone vegan and/or raw and have lost their periods. We would learn a lot. So if you’re a plant-based lady reading this, please comment below your experience. Would love to hear.

RESEARCH RESOURCES:

 

I’m looking to start a discussion on this topic. Please share your comments down below and your questions. Do you think menstruating is normal? Are you having trouble getting your period? Would love to hear your thoughts. 

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Miliany Bonet is an ambitious 19 years young, world-renowned, raw vegan teen blogger, author and entrepreneur who is passionate about sharing her love and desire for a plant-based lifestyle. She's also the main contributor at 0medz0.com. Her passion for writing shines through her posts.

30 Comments

  1. This was very helpful for my wife and I. Arnold Ehret, the author of The Mucusless diet, has said once the body is clean it will stop menstruating. However followers of this diet say things like nuts and avacado should be avoided. This irked me and I was about ready to give up on the vegan diet for the time being, until I remember Markus had said the same thing. Clearly you’re eating nuts, seeds, and possibly avacado with good results meaning it can be done with these foods in the diet. Have you used Markus’s cookbook at all? I’m pretty sure my wife and I will be able to get her period to go away with this, or at least make it bearable.

    • Hi Paul,

      Glad you and your wife found this post helpful! It’s crazy when people try to bring down healthy fats like nuts, seeds and avocados to be avoided. Yes, I eat these fats (they’re a must!) and I am perfectly fine. I haven’t used Markus and Cara’s uncookbook yet, but totally recommend it.

      One of the best ways to make your wife’s period go away is by eating fully raw foods and staying away from cooked. It may take about a month or less for your body to adjust to no menstruation, so just be patient. And if by any chance she DOES get her period while still eating fully raw like Kristina (Fully Raw Kristina said in one of her videos that she gets her periods very lightly) it should NOT be heavy, and should be light and only last no more than 3-4 days.

      Hope this helps! Best of luck to the both of you!

      • Thanks for the reply and recommendation. I wasn’t sure if you ate the kinds of things they list in the book, and it’s been over a year since I saw the epigenetic bc vid, but it turns out Cara’s in the vid and I for got haha. All the same your words are reassuring. My wife will like that time frame too, and I won’t let her get down no matter what happens. Namaste

        • You’re welcome! Yupp, I eat the foods mentioned in the book. The way Markus and Cara eat is epic. Remember, every-body is different. Tell your wife not to get discouraged by the time-frame if she doesn’t lose her period right away. How long have you guys been living this rawesome lifestyle for?

          Wish you both the very best, and if you have any questions or need any inspiration, please feel free to contact me or scroll through my websites.

          Namaste,
          Miliany

  2. I’ve been raw vegan for a week now, and I was a plant-based vegan for the past two months. (No grains, sweeteners, pasta etc) Just greens, fruits, and beans! And for these past two months I have completely lost my period and my fave has broken out HORRIBLY. I’m chalking it up to the fact that my hormones are off since my period is gone… But this second time I skipped my period (when I went fully raw) my acne has been the worst. I also think maybe my skin is purging? I’ve been a vegan for over a year when I used to eat bread, sweets, etc. that were vegan and even then my face was so clear! I’m pretty upset right now but in not going to give up *sigh*. Did you happen to have any outbreaks? Thanks!

    • Hi Renaye,

      It’s a normal reaction for you to lose your period when going fully raw, as it happened to countless others. It could be (and it sounds like) your body is going through some major detox symptoms, which is why your face is breaking out so badly. How long have you been experiencing these skin breakouts? i didn’t experience this, so i’m not entirely sure. I would do some further researching as to why your face is breaking out like that.

      I hope your condition improves.

      All the best,
      miliany

  3. Hey! Thank you very much for the post, its really interesting.
    I’ve been vegan(mostly raw) for only 2 months now, but already I’ve noticed some changes already.
    I used to get severe period pains, to the point where I couldn’t do anything, but just sleep with a hot water bottle around my waist the whole day, but first month after going vegan- I had no period pains… NOTHING!
    And now, second month, my periods are light, very light compared to before.

    • Hi! Thanks for sharing your experience and congratulations on your transition to a plant-based lifestyle! Glad to hear your changes 🙂

      I’m so thankful I never had painful periods like you did. What you eat has everything to do with it. That’s why, when you change your diet around, you notice immediate, drastic changes! Eating a mostly raw diet with some cooked foods will cause light periods to occur monthly. However, when you go completely raw, you will notice your period will disappear, and this is NOTHING to be concerned about. You will begin to like the feeling of not having to ‘flow’ every month.

      Feel free to share any more experiences you may have!
      Miliany

  4. I’ve been eating vegan since Oct 16th. No sugar, gluten, meat, or dairy. I only eat fruits and veggies and sometimes beans, nuts, seeds or oatmeal. I do eat both cooked and raw. My periods have always been EXTREMELY heavy and painful since I was 12 years old….bleeding for 7 days every month! I started my period on Oct 18th (2 days after I changed my eating habits). Same heavy period. But I have since had NO MORE PERIODS. Yeahhhh!!! Nothing in Nov, nothing in Dec. I had very tiny twinges of slight cramping both months around the time I should have bled, but that’s all.
    On Oct 15th I was eating the standard American diet…lots of junk, cookies, chocolate, chips, etc. I was around 175lbs (I am 5ft 5in). Today is Jan 10th and now I am 132lbs! I feel great!!!
    On a side note, I am exclusively breastfeeding my 11 month old daughter. We wait until the 1st birthday to introduce foods. My milk supply is still going strong and has not suffered at all due to calorie reduction. In fact sometimes I feel like I have more milk than before!

    • Thanks for sharing your experience here, Tanya!! That’s amazing to hear the changes in your body and congrats on 43 pounds! You see what eating a vegan lifestyle does for you; keep it up if it makes you feel great! as you eat more cleaner and lighter, your periods (if when you get them) should be much lighter and maybe even last shorter!

      My period report launched just yesterday. The report explains how going vegan changes your hormones and the 3 top superfoods to take to ease the menstrual cramps. If you’re interested, you can receive the report for free when you subscribe using the form above:)

      Thanks!
      Miliany

  5. Im a raw vegan and haven’t had my menses in years and years. I even went to the doctor to be tested for what i thought might have been a super early menopause, but she said it was completely negative and no signs of a problem.
    I work with a woman who tried to shame me for even suggesting that it was because of my raw vegan diet (i eat nuts, seeds and avocados too), saying a woman’s menses is sacred and should be honoured. I tried to tell her of my experience but she just became really angry. Not my problem. I just let it go.
    I have met many other raw vegans who don’t bleed, two of them had beautiful pregnancies and gave birth to healthy babies.
    Anyway thought i would comment. Not looking for a battle 🙂

    • Hi Braelyn!

      First of all, it’s great to meet another fellow raw foodist who does not bleed 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your experience and commenting here on this post. I am creating a friendly community of comments so yours was quite helpful to all the woman.

      Wow, your body must be clean if you have not menstruated in years! I am interested to know your experience and if you wouldn’t mind sharing it here in the comments, would be great!

      Thank you so much!
      Miliany

  6. Hi! In researching raw food diets I came across your blog, and this article. I would just like to clarify some very important things about the correlation between diet and menstruation.
    Many women who suffer from restrictive eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia , and women who do fad diets like the Atkins diet, lose their periods. This is not a matter of “cleanliness,” but it’s because they are malnourished. They are not getting the nutrients that their body needs to sustain itself, or to sustain a pregnancy. This DOES cause fertility issues. In the context of eating disorders and fad diets, things that also occur because of malnourishment are hair and nail loss, a constant feeling of being cold, sometimes yellowing of the skin.
    In another vein, many women in nomadic tribes around the world have a “natural” form of birth control. There are two coinciding theories about this. The first is related to the length of time mothers breastfeed after having one child. The second is related to body fat percentage: not eating a balanced diet in combination with so much movement results in an extremely low body fat percentage, resulting in fertility issues (like the loss of a menstrual cycle).
    Please be careful!!

    • Hi Mishayla,

      Thank you for your comment on this topic and for clarifying those important things, as I think it’s important that a disclaimer is made clear here.

      I completely agree with you and understand hat you said about the correlation between diet and menstruation. Of course, ladies who lose their period because of an eating disorder, or because their fat percentage is lower than normal, or by means of any unhealthy dieting is NOT what I am articulating and promoting to be healthy and a sign your body is clean. I see that if I don’t make this clear enough in my post about the unhealthy reasons why a women may lose her period, then many will be confused. This post was NOT intended for young girls/women who have lost their period via an eating disorder or any unhealthy way of dieting. This post, however, was intended for ladies who have lost their period the healthy way after they have adopted a plant-based lifestyle. I have edited my post to add that disclaimer.

      Like I said in the post, EVERY-BODY is different, so I can’t speak for every lady who loses her period. It’s important to note that just because a women loses her period after eating plant-based, does not ALWAYS indicate ‘cleanliness’. We would have to look at other means like her fat percentage, hormones and stress levels, etc… And I am NO doctor, holistic specialists or medical practitioner in any way to diagnose that for anyone.

      Hope my response and edited post was clear. Please don’t hesitate to add anything else that you feel needs to be addressed and/or clarified in this post.

      Thanks!
      Miliany

  7. hi im worried though i sometimes get cramps but no period ,and i don’t know if that means i wont be able to have a baby ever?, im really confused, im only 14 nearly 15 but i really want to no what to incorporate food wise into being vegan,or if its normal,(i ‘lost’ it the month i went vegan) ,and i went year about 4 months ago, please anwser xx

    • Hi Ruby!

      As you already know, period loss happens to almost every young lady who goes vegan. Usually, it’s a sign the body is clean and doesn’t have much toxins to bleed out.

      How long have you experienced these cramps? It could be an indication that your period is coming soon, as I know this is what happens to me and almost every women menstruating. For you, it could be since you have not menstruated in a year and 4 months, your body (uterine lining) is getting ready to menstruate again. I know this because of my OWN experience, as this is what happened to me when I was experimenting between cooked foods and raw living foods, I would get cramps (minor ones) prior to getting my period. Cramps for me are a sign my body is about to menstruate, and this is typically the same for all menstruating women. So be patient, because your period may be coming soon.

      Don’t know what your lifestyle is like, but I know what works for me to get my period back is eating cooked vegan foods. Raw foods keeps my period at bay. When you eat a clean lifestyle though, you may not get your period. Every-body is different so each of our experiences will vary.

      This does NOT mean you won’t be able to have a baby one day. As I said in the post, you don’t NEED your period to be fertile and being that you’re still fairly young, I wouldn’t worry about this. Hope this helps! xx

  8. I’m so glad this issue is being addressed but I wished that science would do a thorough unbiased study. I personally don’t see periods as normal. But my opinion is based on my personal experience and from my interpretation of the Bible. You should take all the personal anecdotes and present them to researchers so they can conduct a thorough investigation on this issue. I find it very fascinating and extremely important to women. But I have a sneaky suspicion that since it’s a female issue, it will just be swept undr the rug.

    • Thanks for your comment on this very crucial topic! I agree completely with your point of views. Rhonda Malkmus the author of the “Hallelujah Diet” speaks Biblicaly on menstrual cycles. Her points, research and knowledge are expressed here: http://www.all-creatures.org/cb/a-pms.html

      I reached out to Rhonda to get her elaborate thoughts on this, and possibly bring her on here in a featured interview post, let’s see 😉

      Presenting this topic to good unbiased researchers to investigate would be quite interesting! I should consider that. Thanks for the suggestion!

  9. You people are nutjob wackadoodles.

    Ever gone to medical school? Have a basic understanding of human physiology? Didn’t think so.

  10. This is absolute rubbish. How a 19 year old can know anything about this (well its obvious she doesn’t). Grow up a bit before you start predending to know about this. You are not a doctor and are dishing out shit advise to people who essentially have eating disorders.

    Please don’t buy into this. Periods are healthy and part of your natural cycle.

    • What a nice comment you left here, Naomi. Shows the rubbish ignorance of the people who really believe that having HEAVY periods are natural, healthy and essential.

      I am NOT a doctor, nor a medical practitioner of any kind. But you know what? I don’t need to be just to have a basic overstanding about human health, women anatomy and human physiology.

      Dr. Llaila Afrika says that mensuration is not necessary and if it does occur, it should only be small drops, averaging about 1-3 drops! This is considered ‘classical menstrual cycle’. He states that heavy periods is the body hemorrhaging, which isn’t normal and healthy. Dr. Afrika breaks it down very comprehensive in this video, you should consider listening with an open-mind: https://youtu.be/psLM-cRGwVk?t=48m20s

      You obviously didn’t read my DISCLAIMER I inserted in the beginning of my post. Or maybe you did, but missed the part where I said “this post is not intended for those with eating disorders.” I am NOT encouraging anyone to STOP menstruating. In fact, if you don’t eat a clean lifestyle, you actually WANT your period so you can release out the toxins.

      Stop taking what I said out of context and start doing your own research. If you enjoy hemorrhaging every month, you enjoy. Don’t knock my flow because I’m doing great and so are many other countless women. Let’s look at this subject with an open-mind.

  11. So, if your period is in actual fact, “toxins” leaving the body, why do men not “bleed out” their toxins from some orifice? Surely plenty of men aren’t on raw food diets? Or are only uteruses inherently unclean?

    • Ha, is this supposed to be a sarcastic comment?! Hahaha, women’s obviously have different body parts and organs compared to men that give each other different bodily functions and capabilities. If men had vaginas, then maybe they would shed blood from their uterine lining just like ladies. Maybe you should ask yourself why men don’t have the capabilities to get pregnant and hear children, lol…

  12. An excellent article. I am currently a mixed cooked vegan diet and have painless periods. I am very interested to transition to raw, and in my view, if women of healthy weights with good energy levels lose periods on raw vegan, and still give birth to healthy children, then that is clear, it’s healthy!!! of course there’s intelligence in our bodies to work towards an ideal state of detox.

    I would like to add one more thing that probably must be correct in order for the period to not be required: no wrong sexual partners, and, if the soul is with you, him also being a very pure, vegan healthy eater.

    • Wow, thank you so much for your amazing comment, Samantha!! So happy you came across my post and have the open-mind to see what I was articulating here about menstruating and plant-based eating.

      I agree 100% with your views and say the exact same thing! You said it so perfectly:

      “If women of healthy weights with good energy levels lose periods on raw vegan, and still give birth to healthy children, then that is clear, it’s healthy!!! of course there’s intelligence in our bodies to work towards an ideal state of detox.”

      Couldn’t agree more!!! 👍👍👍

      Thanks so much for sharing! xx

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