Fasting for Women: Should Women Fast Differently Than Men?

Fasting has its challenges despite the numerous benefits it offers our health. Do you know that these challenges affect men and women differently? Some evidence suggests that women might be more susceptible to the negative effects of fasting. Mind you; no one is saying women are fragile – and all other whatnots.

Funnily enough, women (mothers especially) love fasting while men dislike it. How come women are susceptible ones?

Why is fasting challenging for women?

According to research, most of the challenges women encounter on fasting are primarily hormonal. How so?

Generally, both sexes have a hormone called Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GRH). This GRH regulates the activities of our reproductive organs. In women, GRH’s regulation functions are coordinated – and for good reasons. They decide the cycles and schedules of women’s ovulation.

Here’s the real thing:

At the slightest altercation to a woman’s routine, GRH is affected. In other words, fasting destabilizes GRH, and that is why it is more discomforting for women than men.

Again, there is a protein called Kisspeptin. This protein is higher in women, and it is very sensitive to fasting. So, fasting doesn’t only affect women’s GRH but their metabolism too.

Additionally, some other studies on the nervous system reveal some interesting findings of how fasting affects men and women. The findings are:

  • Men become calm when they fast (parasympathetic response)
  • On the other hand, women become stressed when they fast (sympathetic response)

Should women fast, even in the face of all these research findings?

Yes, women can still fast. However, they need to do it under the guidance of a physician. Luckily, this article has a summary of the necessary steps they need to take.

How women should fast differently?

Generally, women need estrogen and progesterone (women’s sex hormones) irrespective of their cycles. Remember, GRH stimulates the production of women’s sex hormones.

Mind you, GRH needs insulin and glucose to fuel the process. Now, the problem is that fasting depletes the body’s insulin and glucose reserves.

Common symptoms of low sex hormones as a woman

  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia
  • Hair fall-out
  • Belly weight
  • Anxiety

If you notice such symptoms, there is a way out: fast around your menstrual cycle as a woman.

How to fast around your menstrual cycle?

Fundamentally, there are three variations to women’s menstrual cycle. Here is how to fast around these variations:

Regular menstrual cycle

A woman in this category experiences the normal 28-day cycle. For her, she can fast as she pleases between day 1 and day 12.

At day 12 – 14, estrogen production is at its peak. It is best not to fast. If you must fast, maintain 13-15hours fasting. On day 21 – 28, progesterone production is at its peak. The side effect of fasting in this timeline includes anxiety and shut down all other hormones in a woman’s body.

Also, increasing your carb intake will improve the production of progesterone in your body. Hurray! No shutdown.

Peri-menopause (erratic menstrual cycle)

For a peri-menopausal woman, stop ketosis and fasting (at least for seven days). Next, increase your carb intake.

If after that, you don’t observe your cycle, try this hormone reset formula:

  •  1 to 12 days – fast
  •  12 to 14 days – hormone building
  •  14 to 21 days – fasting
  •  Day 28 – hormone building

Post-menopause

After menopause, ovaries in women shut down. At this stage, sex hormones are usually low. Therefore, fasting should be kept at a minimum. For a menopausal woman, intermittent fasting is the best.

Summarily, women should fast differently than men. The reason is not that they are fragile, but because they have strict bodily cycles and schedules.

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2020-07-29T15:49:18+00:00Health|

21 Comments

  1. PENELOPE CALLENDER March 5, 2020 at 3:24 pm - Reply

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  2. Gabriela March 5, 2020 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Hello:
    Thank you for this article.
    What a woman who had histerectomy do( 77 yrs old)? What kind of fasting?

    Also I will greatly appreciate your input on CT Coronary Calcium Scan. The score is 318.68. Dr. recommends statins. Is there a kind of fasting to clear this kind of arterial plaque. Some doctors on YT recommend MK-& K2. I am active, have a good diet.

    Thank you!
    Gabriela

  3. Jody Marshall March 5, 2020 at 3:38 pm - Reply

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    • Elizabeth Pernada March 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm - Reply

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  4. Cyndi Sculley March 5, 2020 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Menopause Reset, please!
    Thank you so much, this makes so much sense!

    • Elizabeth Pernada March 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm - Reply

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  5. Becky Denham March 6, 2020 at 2:09 am - Reply

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    • Elizabeth Pernada March 25, 2020 at 1:37 pm - Reply

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  6. Charlotte Krasowski March 8, 2020 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Yes I would like a free copy of the menapause Teset Book.
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    • Elizabeth Pernada March 25, 2020 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      This is Eliza w/Dr Mindy’s support team. The Menopause Reset book is a digital download and will release on April 7th. Sign up to reserve your copy of the Menopause Reset here: https://bit.ly/3brW19q

  7. Susan L Quance March 9, 2020 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Menopause Reset
    Had my uterus removed in 1992. How would I fast, or should I fast?

  8. Susan Ruppert March 10, 2020 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Reset menopause

    • Elizabeth Pernada March 25, 2020 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      This is Eliza w/Dr Mindy’s support team. The Menopause Reset book is a digital download and will release on April 7th. Sign up to reserve your copy of the Menopause Reset here: https://bit.ly/3brW19q

      • Sandra Poonsamy April 3, 2020 at 6:07 am - Reply

        Post menopausal. Still having hot flushes. Which fast should I follow

  9. V March 14, 2020 at 4:21 pm - Reply

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    • Elizabeth Pernada March 25, 2020 at 1:38 pm - Reply

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  11. Tatiana Drittlhuber May 24, 2020 at 12:08 am - Reply

    Dr Mindy , Reading you article about how fasting affects women differently than men I realized that I am doing everything wrong. I am 42 years old and I have being fasting for 19 hours every single day . Now I am really confused, should I stop fasting or not ?
    Thank you!

    Tatiana .

  12. Kim July 27, 2020 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Hi, just to make sure I understand correctly, in a normal cycle it says fast from day 1 to day 12, this means fast from first day of bleed? Many thanks

    • Elizabeth Pernada July 29, 2020 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      This is Eliza w/Dr Mindy’s support team.
      Yes, that’s correct our cycle start on the first day of our menstruation. I’m using Clue app to track my cycle.

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