|elettaria||05:19 pm - Herbs and supplements to regulate hormones|
This probably isn't quite the best community to post in - if anyone knows of a more suitable one that's active, let me know - but I know you here and at least we all do charting.
I'm charting for health, I've got a copper IUD for contraception. My cycles are mildly irregular, but on average I ovulate on CD18 and have a 9-10 day luteal phase. My temps don't drop until a few days into my period. Interestingly, my menstrual migraines now occur at that point, when my bleeding's getting heavier and my temps are plummeting, whereas twenty years ago (I'm 37) I was getting premenstrual migraine, which is more usual. I also have vulvodynia which flares up before and around my period, that's the main problem, plus varying levels of premenstrual breast tenderness and anxiety. I'm hoping that if I can get my hormones balanced, these symptoms will improve. I've been having weekly treatments of myofascial release and trigger point therapy for a few months now, sometimes including the sort of massage she does for fertility treatment on the basis that it should hopefully help me too, and my ovulation date has been more like CD14, with a 13 day luteal phase, so that at least is improving. But I still get the symptoms.
Gaia Herbs make a couple of blends aimed at women's hormones. I wasn't so keen on the Women's Balance blend, mainly because it contains St John's Wort and you can't take that if you're on prescription meds, and also because it has agnus castus which I didn't get on with, so I thought I'd try the Women's Libido blend (hey, that could do with improving too). Disaster. I was on about CD7 at the start of the week I took it for, but it made me feel horribly premenstrual, particularly with increased vulvodynia (I say increased, it hadn't actually been present for a good few weeks before that) and anxiety coming out of nowhere. My breasts got sore and stayed sore for the rest of my cycle. Gaia Herbs were no help, told me they knew nothing about side effects and suggested I consulted a herbalist registered in America (very useful for someone in Scotland!). Anyway, I think those herbs did something to my hormones to make them more premenstrual. Increased progesterone? I've always assumed I was oestrogen-dominant, since that's what you hear causes the sort of follicular/luteal phase imbalance I have, but perhaps that was wrong. So should I be looking at herbs that actually have phytoestrogen properties? I have some maca that was on special offer, is that the right approach? Oh yes, and flaxseed oil gives me constant breast pain, whatever that tells you.