After a friend of mine shared an article about maca I wanted to share our experience:
One of my daughters had problems with extremely long menstrual cycles, the longest lasting over 5 months with little stop in bleeding. We looked around for different remedies, originally starting with estrogen-based treatments like evening-primrose oil and soy women’s health pills. Then a lady at our local health food store told us about how a woman’s cycle starts and stops. It seems the menstrual cycle starts with a drop in progesterone in the body, and possibly boosting the estrogen. At the end of a normal 6-8 day cycle, the progesterone levels should boost themselves, and the estrogen/progesterone levels should balance themselves out, effectively shutting off the bleeding.
In our case however, it seems the progesterone levels would not come up by itself, and she was also passing large amounts of tissue regularly, from what seemed to be excess lining in the uterus. The estrogen treatments were only making it worse, and the bleeding heavier. The bleeding was so heavy that at one point she fainted from iron deficiency. After putting her on regular doses of iron, we realized we needed to do something different, and we came back to the health food store.
A friend of ours had told us about trying progesterone cream made from yams. We originally had tried “progesterone plus” drops from Young Living Essential Oils, with seemingly no success. Our next choice was At Last Naturals “Wild Yam Cream,” also seemingly with no success. That was, until yet another consultation with the health food store, where they suggested trying Maca Root. The brand we purchased was Now, in capsules of 500 mg. She started taking 2 capsules daily, along with about a teaspoon of cream rubbed into the soft parts of her body, rotating different areas.
Lo and and behold, after about three days she stopped bleeding!
The first time this happened, we hadn’t really known what had caused her to stop, so the second time she started her cycle, she went on for a little while until we tried the combination again. It seems the extra progesterone and the maca root together would cause the body to regulate its hormones. The next few times she started her cycle, she took the combination after 6-7 days of bleeding, and her body started regulating and stopping her cycles itself, without the aid of this treatment.
This in all took about two years of experimentation to finally achieve this results, so we were understandably relieved when she finally stopped bleeding for longer than the duration of a normal cycle.
After about 5 months of normal cycles, she started bleeding for more than 1 week each month, so she started taking the maca root/progesterone cream combination a couple times to get everything regulated again.
We don’t really have a set cause or solution to permanently fix the hormone levels in her body at this moment. There are a lot of factors that affect a woman’s hormones, too many to talk about here, and we haven’t done intensive research anyway. Perhaps you can’t specifically pin down the hormone disruptions; perhaps you can. In any case, this remedy has worked for a couple people, and, it’s a lot better solution than birth control, which is what the OB/GYN wanted to put her on if her cycles didn’t start regulating again.
Here are the links for the cream and maca we used, we haven’t tried other brands or varied the dosages a whole lot…..
*Note: we have not tried the “Raw” Maca root by Now, only the regular capsules.
Hope that helps you all!!!
On a side note, if anyone’s interested in immune health, we’ve found that Source Naturals make a really good product called “Wellness Formula.”
Personally, we don’t take it every day, just when we start feeling like we’re getting a cold or the flu. The length of “sick days” is shortened considerably, and in some cases it never becomes severe. The amount of ingredients and the strong dosages recommended together are probably what makes this product really work. You should check it out!
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