Keto Diet: How It Affects Women’s Hormones & Fertility

Relationship Between Low-Carb Diets, Menstrual Cycles, and Fertility

Dr. Chris Palmer, a psychiatrist and researcher, has observed that in heterosexual couples trying the ketogenic diet together, men often have an easier time adapting to the diet than women.

Some women report feeling worse on the diet, which may be related to hormonal changes.

Animal studies have also shown that female mice on a ketogenic diet rarely become pregnant, while those on a standard diet reproduce more frequently.

From an evolutionary perspective, it makes sense that a woman’s body may alter its hormonal status to prevent pregnancy when in a fasting or starvation state, which the ketogenic diet mimics. However, there are also cases where women have benefited tremendously from the ketogenic diet, with some even experiencing improved fertility after struggling to conceive for years.

The lack of clear, consistent outcomes highlights the need for more controlled studies on the effects of low-carb diets on both male and female hormonal systems.

Until more conclusive data is available, it is crucial to approach these diets with caution and be aware of potential hormonal changes.

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