As part of this month’s Question, Louise wanted to know how she can regulate her hormones naturally with Endometriosis.
This is such a common question and we are often directed to trying strong phytoestrogens to use with Endometriosis. I am personally not a fan of using these type of herbs for Endometriosis as I personally have experienced worse effects from taking them. The typical phytoestrogens that are recommended are things like red clover, black cohosh and evening primrose oil. They are focusing on the excess estrogens typically associated with Endometriosis and looking at reducing their effectiveness by replacing them with weaker plant-based hormones.
I prefer to focus on two different aspects when looking at hormones: our liver and boosting progesterone or natural hormone production. To me, taking phytoestrogens is risky. Hormones are very delicate and intricate and it is hard to predict how high or low our hormones are at any given time. All sorts of things influence that pattern, including stress, outside environments, how much sleep we’ve had etc.
Within the video, I share a key focus on the liver for regulating hormones, plus I share two herbs that I have personally found beneficial. Please do your own research and try these herbs yourself. We are all different and they may not be right for you.
Within the video, I mention that our key focus should always be on the liver. Here are a few articles I have written that will help you understand why we should focus on the liver when it comes to Endometriosis:
These are the supplements I recommend for Endometriosis and where you should get them:
1. Vitex (Agnus cactus)
Make sure you get the berry or fruit of the Vitex plant. Start with a higher dose but then reduce to one a day. I would only take this herb for a period of 3 months maximum.
2. Maca (Lepidium Peruvianum)
Ideally get the powder form and cook with it to ensure it doesn’t cause any digestive issues for you. It is a root vegetable and eaten as such, so it makes sense to cook with it. The best way is to make pancakes. Though I love this plant and had incredible benefits, it doesn’t always work for every woman with Endometriosis. Don’t combine it with Vitex or other hormone-based treatments and definitely don’t combine it with the pill. I also don’t recommend it with DIM or other hormone-flushing herbs.
I personally love maca and used it for 6 months and it dramatically reduced my PMS and pain with Endometriosis. Check out my video review of maca:
What have you discovered about trying to regulate your hormones? Was it a struggle? Have you tried the above-mentioned herbs? Did they help you?