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Well I haven't had my period since January until I got it this past week. I became a vegetarian a little over two months ago and I was wondering if that could be a reason for my period coming down. I also started multivitamins for women about two months ago and wonder if that has anything to do with it either. If anyone has any information about this or anyone who is a vegetarian please feel free to leave me a message. I was also wondering if becoming vegetarian would help with infertility?
 

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Hi Princess,<br>
I've been a vegetarian for 20+ years. I don't know what impact, if any, it has on menstruation or fertility, so long as you're getting all the nutritional components you need. My RE doesn't think it matters. I was veg before I started menstruating, so I can't speak to an effect there.<br>
Best wishes.
 

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I'm not currently a vegetarian, but I've noticed my cycle sometimes disappears in the winter when I'm not getting enough d3. While TTC ds3, I had no cycles through the second half of the winter...it had happened in previous winters, but I wasn't charting so I hadn't really recorded it. Since then, I've been more careful about getting d3 during the dark winter months, and I've gone two winters now with no pause or lengthening of my cycles. Hope that helps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Being a vegetarian won't necessarily help fertility, but obviously the more healthy you are and the more nutritious food you take in, the better off you are. I would just caution you to be careful with soy products as a vegetarian. They contain phytoestrogens and can muck with your hormones.
 

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Soy products can cause you to stop menstruating. If you read The Vegetarian Myth and Full Moon Feast, those authors had those issues as well as many others from becoming a vegetarian. I also used to be veg and have changed and my cycles have gotten so much better after introducing meat back into my diet. I feel better also.
 

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have you lost a signiicant amount of weight along with going veg? or cut down significantly on your intake of fats (and thus lost some of both the good fat-ness and the fat soluble vitamins)? Might be worth taking a close look at your fat, protein, carb balance and checking the food^based vitamins and minerals in your diet to make sure that everything in order. I don`t know about going veg. specifically, but any radical change in your diet could leave you with your nutritional balance out of whack (speaking from experience here!), which would affect your fertility. I think there are online food tracker programs that are designed for dieting but which could be a good tool to help you really look at what you are consuming and make sure you don`t have any shortages.
 
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