How to regulate your hormones without any side-effects!

How to regulate your hormones without any side-effects!

There is some debate when I research the various recommended treatments for hormonal balance and attempts to fix our hormone levels. As we know the hormone levels within Endometriosis patients is out of wack. It is out of wack because we have livers that don’t work as well as they should and therefore our hormones increase to unusual levels. The increase in these hormones causes the pain and side-effects we experience with Endometriosis. They include nausea, headaches, bloating, sore breasts, PMS and all irregularities in our periods.

So, I looked at Western Medicine for healing Endometriosis and they use drugs and medicines which either inhibit hormone production or they reduce the amount of hormones that are released by the body. The most common use is the mini pill which reduces the amount of hormones we have and also provides period regulation and control of hormones. They are able to help Endometriosis sufferers while they are using these medications.

Well, my attempt was to then find natural methods to achieve the same result, without taking drugs and harsh chemicals which inevitably damage the liver further and the additional side-effects and risks.The natural approach is slightly more complicated to explain. I shall do my best.

I will use a simple explanation for us so this is easy to understand.Let’s imagine our woman cells are a boat. The boat has a few fishermen on it, we shall call these receptors. They are all sitting waiting to catch some Estrogens. They wait and wait and finally a whole lot come their way. There are heaps and the fisherman frantically try and catch them. Once they have caught all their Estrogens, they have filling up the boat and they cannot fish any more. What they discover once they sit down for a drink, the Estrogens they have caught vary from actual Estrogens and Isoflavones (also called Phytoestrogens). The real explanation is: We have our woman cells which have receptors. These receptors seek out Estrogens in the body. Once these receptors have gathered their Eostrogens, regardless of whether it is Estrogens or Isoflavones/phytoestrogens, it considers its job done.

So, what are Isoflavones/Phytoeostrogens and why does this process help the body?

Isoflavones are like “fake Estrogens”. They fake their way in and are actually beneficial to us Endo sufferers as we have too much “real Estrogens” causing us pain and discomfort. Many naturopaths and homeopaths will often recommend Phytoestrogens to alleviate the oestrogen dominance we have in our body.

Here is a list of some commonly used Isoflavones – also called Phytoestrogens:

  • Liquorice
  • Dong Quai
  • Ginseng
  • Royal Jelly
  • Fennel
  • Anise
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Clover
  • Red Clover
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Black Cohosh
  • Soy in the form of soy nuts and tempeh

The idea behind providing these is to give the body extra phytoestrogens, thereby reducing the oversupply of oestrogen. By reducing the Oestrogen in the body, we will feel relief and feel better with Endo because all our symptoms and pain associated with endo comes from Estrogen Dominance. Sounds good?

Check out this article:Estrogen Dominance

One is supposed to take them in LARGE QUANTITIES. This means taking them as a supplement or eating them/drinking them in large quantities. Initially many women with Endometriosis actually feel much better when they start taking these in large quantities. The symptoms reduce and they don’t get as much bloating, pain and all the usual Endo symptoms. It feels like it is all working! It can take anywhere from 3months to 6months for symptoms to be alleviated. The problem comes in when the balance is thrown out from too many Phytoestrogens. This is the bit I am struggling with. Should we really be playing God with our hormones and determining what they need? This may sound like a good way of healing the imbalance of Oestrogen dominance but ultimately does it solve the problem? Eventually we simply throw the balance out again, the other way. Too little or too much? How do we decide where the body is at?

Personally, I have an issue with this way of approaching our imbalances. How does mucking around with imbalances actually get to the root cause of the problem? I prefer to rectify the source of the reason why we have an imbalance and target that, creating overall balance and allowing the body to determine what that should be. What right do we have to decide how much Oestrogen we need or how little? How do we know when the body has reached the right level? How do we know when to stop taking them? Do we really know the difference between Oestrogen and Progesterone and what they feel like?

I researched further and discovered that there is a way we can gain natural hormonal balance without taking Phytoestrogens which means we are not stuck trying to figure out when we have an oversupply, undersupply and when to stop or start????

It is called MACA. It is a root plant from Peru and is known to solve hormonal imbalance. It also contains heaps of other stuff which is also highly beneficial to us endo girls. Amino Acids, Minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron. It also has heaps of the Vitamin B group which is good for the stress levels in our body and it contains the hard to get to vitamin B, which is Vitamin B12. This one actually helps detoxify the liver. Maca aids hormonal function by helping the liver and stimulating the pituitory gland which is responsible for creating all our hormones. It increases the production of ALL hormones and then they can sort it out between themselves! This way the body can decide what hormones it needs and what levels it needs of what!

I have been using MacaFem for about 3months and I have noticed an improvement with my hormonal symptoms. You can buy Maca from a range of sources and forms. I found taking tablets a little easier and made sure I was taking it everyday. This is the company I ordered it from but you can also get it at health shops in powders. Always make sure it is Pure Maca Root and not any substitutes or any other ingredients are included.

It is known to improve vitality and has been used for centuries by the Peruvians. It also apparently helps with menopause symptoms and increases sex drive – never a bad thing! 🙂

Hope this all makes sense. It is a fair bit to absorb and explain so feel free to ask me any questions. Any questions or need clarification? Please feel free to ask in the comments or share your thoughts.

Big hugs,

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  1. Hi Melissa,
    I noticed that your post was in 2011 so it’s been a while but I wanted to check with you if Macafem is still giving you relief.
    I was diagnosed with stage 4 endo in 2006 and it’s been a long road . I am finally pain free after a surgeon who is specialized in endometriosis helped me. I know that surgery is not everyone’s first choice and the reason why I am writing has nothing to do with that. When I had my last surgery, the surgeon removed my right ovary as well as my right tube and since then I have had symptoms that all point to pre-menopause. I have been researching some natural remedies in order to alleviate these symptoms and I have been reading about Macafem. I was worried that taking Macafem would “bring back” the pain of endometriosis . As I read your post I am understanding that it shouldn’t because it helps bring the balance in œstrogen and overall hormonal balance. Since I have been premenopausal I have also developed pre-diabetes which I read that prenopause can cause this.
    So, what I want to ask is if you continued to take Macafem and if yes, is it working for you to relieve your endometriosis symptoms ?
    I hope you see this post and thank you for your patience reading my novel !

  2. Wow, what a blessing it has been to find your website!! I came across it a link on the My Natural Health Webiste. So, why am I commenting….. well I purchased some Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) capsules on Trade Me in the hope it will help with my endo symptoms. I am a vege/vegan and have just discovered the capsules contain gelatine so they will be welcomed by my flatmate who also suffers from endo. So I’m looking for vege capsules of EPO and wondered if you have found them helpful? I spoke to someone at the Health Food shop today who said it could take 3-6 weeks to notice any change? So should I try 3 x 1000mg caps per day? Another option I’m looking at is Magnesium for pain instead of the hefty pain killers prescribed by the Doctors- any advice on how much and a good brand?? I can identify with your writings about hormones as I feel they (Doctors) are just messing with my already messed up hormones. I have an IUD and am also on the pill now- which has been challenging, but at times helpful. Nasty side effects like an all over body itch at night which is linked to too much Estrogen (I think), so they try another one, then the sore boobs, gosh its painful but funnily enough I’ve had no period pain for 2 weeks which is unusual. Its hard to know, do I trust these Doctors when my body is playing up, but then no pain for 2 weeks is bliss…. Epically long comment; but it is great to read of others experiences- and after battling this for 10 years and on waiting lists for appointments and more surgery it leaves me searching for alternative options!! Thanks for sharing your journey!!! x

    • Hi Nic and thanks for your comment. Glad you are enjoying the site 🙂
      I am personally not a massive believer in taking a 20 item list of supplements. I would only take Evening Primrose for about 3months and not any longer. Apparently the oil content can be bad over longer periods than that. I only take magnesium for a few days before my period and during my period to alleviate the cramps but I believe taking supplements doesn’t really give your body the true benefit. Half of the supplements suggested for endo are not even possible to be absorbed by the body and they are very expensive.
      Being on the pill can have its benefits and I was on it for 8 years because of those benefits. I still had pain though and at the end of the day, my endo all came back much worse afterwards. It is up to you and only you know how you feel – both physically and in your gut. You will know what feels right for you 🙂

  3. Hi,
    In this article, u have mentioned that fennel is good because it contains phytoestrogens while under Diet in endo, u have mentioned that fennel should not be taken because it contains estrogen. this is confusing. Pl. clarify.
    Thanks

    • Hi Elvis,
      Thanks for your comment! I have added another link and adjusted the article slightly so hopefully it makes more sense. It is a very confusing topic – those phytoestrogens! It is all about moderation! Hope that helps….

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