A Warning about Taking Maca Root Powder: Hormone-Specific Treatments Interfere with This Vegetable Plant’s Effectiveness

A Warning about Taking Maca Root Powder: Hormone-Specific Treatments Interfere with This Vegetable Plant’s Effectiveness

I love Maca Root and I have promoted it heaps on this blog, so I thought I better tell you what I have discovered about it recently. A few weeks back, I had a few women email me and describe that they had experienced worse pain after going on Maca Root. I found this incredibly hard because Maca Root had given me nothing but good results. I couldn’t figure it out and started to get quite concerned that I had recommended something that was perhaps not beneficial to all of us with endometriosis and that it might actually be causing some women harm—which is so not what this blog is about!

So, in my research I began to find out why this could be or if in fact there was a side effect to taking Maca Root, which I wasn’t aware of. If you are not familiar with this plant, please read this article I did on it a while ago.

What is Maca Root?

Maca Root is a vegetable plant and it essentially reduces endometriosis symptoms by regulating all our hormones. This means all of them together—not trying to reduce one or the other, depending on what our imbalances are. It will also regulate our thyroid gland, which has to do with feeling cold all the time. If we have estrogen dominance, it will work out which hormone is less and get the body to create more of the hormone we need. So, in other words, it regulates everything and lets the body determine what it needs and in what quantities.

The interfering phytoestrogens

If we then combine our treatment of endometriosis with hormone-specific treatment using phytoestrogens, it will make our pain and symptoms worse. So, if we take any phytoestrogens as a supplement, they directly interfere with Maca Root. The Chinese herbal pharmacopeia contains many such herbs and they do not generally combine well with this vegetable plant. So check this first before combining Chinese medicine with Maca Root.

You see, phytoestrogens are adding hormone elements to the body.

Basically, estrogen and progesterone work as a partnership. If one is too dominant, the other needs to step up. So, if we are estrogen-dominant, it means we are more likely to be low on progesterone. If one added more progesterone, it will lower the estrogen levels, so both are in balance again. This is what Maca Root does so well. It allows the body to work this out all on its own. The reason phytoestrogens cause such problems is that they are found in very high quantities in the body. Please read this article on more specific information on why phytoestrogens are not recommended for endometriosis. 

Solely Maca Root

In conclusion, we shouldn’t combine Maca Root with ANYTHING hormone-related. This includes any phytoestrogens, progesterone creams, DIM and even Evening Primrose Oil.

The good news is that you could essentially save yourself a whole heap of money by just sticking with Maca Root and there is no guesswork with this plant—your body can work it out. I have always been hesitant with progesterone creams/drops etc because I ask myself, how do we know when to stop? Surely we can get the balance to go the wrong way, out of balance?

So, now we understand why Maca Root and other stuff don’t mix well, we need to decide which way to go on this one. Personally, I love my Maca Root and will probably stick with that. If I decide to explore any Chinese Medicine or anything else, I will make a point of stopping the Maca Root supplements first!

Did you have an adverse reaction from Maca Root? Were you taking phytoestrogens at the time? Would love to hear your experiences.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES AND UPDATES:

I have more recently discovered that Maca Root encourages progesterone production, which is great for us endo girls. This means it will encourage more progesterone in our bodies, which many of us are low on.

It is also important not to take Maca Root continuously, every day at the same time of the day. It is better to take it randomly. The hormones work better when we mix it up a little. It needs to be unexpected. So, take it one day, not the next or have a break for 3 weeks and then take it again. The best days of the month to take Maca Root are in the Luteal Phase of our cycle, when we need more progesterone. These are the days leading up to our period, after ovulation.

 

Big hugs,

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  1. Does Maca powder Lower estrogen?

    Does Maca powder raise testosterone?

    If you are a pear body shape and you take maca root, will you lose your shape or would the maca help gain more weight in the thigh/buttock area?

  2. Is maca safe to take if you suffer from fibroids? I was told it wasn’t by an acupuncturist. Please help…reading so many conflicting things.

  3. I am in menopause and take soy to keep my horomones balanced. Every time I tried MACA supplement, it seemed to make me crazy and emotional. I don’t have End, however I do need to treat my hormonal issues that I was going through during perimenopause and now in menopause. Not sure if I should go off soy and the try MACA or not.

  4. Hi Melissa.

    I have endo and we’ve been trying to conceive our 2nd for nearly 3 years. I started taking serrepeptase and maca then we conceived and lost it at 5 weeks. From my own research endo is probably the reason for the miscarriage and the fact on low, progesterone levels I stopped taking the maca and serrepeptase when I found out I was pregnant. Do you think it’s OK too keep taking them during pregnancy will the, maca still raise the levels the body needs to sustain the pregnancy I’m really stressed thinking of this and just want some honest knowledgeable advice I know it’s a super food and it has so many benefits I just want to know it will continue to do what it’s supposed to when we’re pregnant. Doctors over here in uk don’t know much about these supplements and it’s not helpful and I don’t take meds anymore. Many thanks
    Catherine

  5. Hi there! Just a quick question. Can the maca root effect the length of my luteal phase? I stopped taking it around 4dpo and I am currently 17dpo. My luteal phase is usually 12 or 13, maybe 14 days long. It’s never longer than that.

  6. I really don’t know what to think of Maca in whether it’s good for me or not.

    I use to take it often on a raw vegan diet for at least 2 years. I noticed an improvement, I took a heap of other things too like spirilina, guarana, cacao, camu camu… I noticed positive things except horrific periods. My doctors wanted to do an endoscopy to look for endo but I refused as felt it would not be a good thing having been left with complications from another one only three years previously in the bowels and went about following guidelines for curing it if I had it through herbs etc
    Someone recommend ginger. After taking this i got no more period pains for almost a year and instead monthly migraines, then the occasional twinge or pains but was not monthly and more like 1 out of every 4-5 periods, but always a migraine usually 1-2 days before my period started.

    I recently started to take maca again because I have symptoms of hormonal balance, I was born with a hormonal imbalance or had it from aged 6-7 and required presumably progrestron e cream, I had post menopausal symptoms and was told I’d start my period early, just feel that’s important to add.

    So I started taking it again around 3 weeks ago, just after my last period, my periods are always on time, always last around 3-6 days, only 2-3 days of light bleeding, by light I mean I can usually only need to change 2-3x per day and the other days are so light I only change for hygiene reasons and not because I need to do, I could wear 1 pad all day and sometimes at night.

    This period have experienced a 1 day delay, it didn’t just start as usual but but with a day of very light brown spotting almost. Then heavier than usual and lots of bright red blood, having to change 4-5 x daily and leaking, leaking at night, feeling extremely drained and exhausted, dizziness, fluttering heart despite eating high iron foods.
    I’ve been taking Chinese red dates, I don’t believe they do anything to hormones but I guess I should look, other than that I take slippery elm, passion towards, b12 and vitamin D as I’ve had problems absorbing.

    The thing that scares me was the pain I had, last night I thought I may need to call an ambulance the pains were that horrific I was imobolised, luckily it stopped after 5 minutes but today I feel terrible energy wise, feel very weak and dizzy, making me wonder if something burst, it made me realise how much pain free my periods have been since not taking it, yet I’m exhausted without it…

    I don’t know what to do, I’ve had internal scans, external scans after refusing the endoscopy, I wanted my hormone levels checking so I could just balance them myself but nobody would do without me having some kind of evidence to need a test and I don’t have enough funds to pay for it privately​.

    Im not sure whether to carry on taking it and eventually it will improve (which I doubt as took it for a while in the past as previously mentioned) or stop, it’s a shame though because it has so many benefits.
    My GP just suggests eating a balanced diet and taking contraception, so seeing a doctor about this is not possible.

    Im wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience? Did you keep on with the maca over a longer time period? Did you discover anything?

  7. I have been a huge fan of Maca and love the effects it gives me. I am 56 and was nearly through with menopause but started a period that lasted 8 weeks straight! My hormone levels showed I had completed menopause but still had this random period! I had also developed a large ovarian cyst. My gynecologist thought the Maca was possibly mimicking estrogen and had caused my prolonged period and ovarian cyst. She put me on a three month cycle of progesterone and asked me to stop taking Maca. So sad! I hope to resume the Maca after my issues are resolved.

  8. Hi Melissa,

    Thank you so much for all of your information. I’ve been taking Maca Powder every day and random days in the morning with coffee – I’ve always been very on time and regular with my cycle. Every 28 days I’d get it for 5 days.I’ve gotten my first period since on Maca and my cycle is going on for 9 days now – (I’m sorry if this is TMI) I have no period symptoms (not moody, cravings, tired or anything) just bleeding out and occassionaly some clots. Is this a cleansing effect? What should I do? HELP.

    • I have similar effect from the maca, I’ve written a huge comment above but basically I’m wondering the same thing, is it just part of the cleansing/balancing. I’d stick through it but as the pain I get is so horrific it concerns me that something will go majorly wrong and without seeing inside of our bodies or knowing exactly what hormones we are dominant in etc seems quite scary… I have to take painkillers when using maca, often I can get by with just heat and ginger but not with maca, the pain level is as bad as when I’ve been rushed into hospital and needed medical attention.
      Are you also experiencing pain?
      I’d be worried with 9 days and if it’s bright red blood that that isn’t healthy.

  9. Hello Melissa,
    I am 38 years old & happily married. Had surgical menopause at 24, no children, no hormone replacement. I am very familiar with Maca, Vitex, black cohosh, primrose oil and the such. I used each one individually over the course of many years at recommended dosage & length of time diligently. My findings were the following for me personally:
    _Evening primrose was best for my Acne. Actually it worked amazingly!, not so much for menopause symptoms overall.
    _The Vitex & Black cohosh were slow acting, but good at reducing hot flushes over time. I used the Gaia brand extracts & also the herb pharm extracts. I only use one treatment at a time. I used the stop and go method for both vitex & black cohosh. I took each separately for 8 weeks then stopped when I felt better.
    _Maca was the one I had the best and longest lasting effects with after a 3 month course. I used the Organic Maca Team brand raw red Maca for at least 3 months at the recommended dosage at back of their packaging. Their website is macateam.com. They carry red, black and yellow Organic Maca, Raw and Gelatinized. Each one has specific added benefits. I found them to be of high quality.

    The only lingering & most difficult problem I am experiencing is vaginal dryness to the point I cannot have intercourse. I am familiar with natural lubricants, but Is there a stand alone treatment or Herb you know of that can help with vaginal dryness/vaginal atrophy?. Thank you kindly & thank you for this wonderful blog.

    • Mellissa, I just want to answer your question about vaginal dryness… the herb Pueraria Mirifica will help with this. This herb is POWERFUL. I have been using it for post menopausal hot flashes for a year and a half. The problem with it is to make sure you do not take too much. I do not know how much a woman of your age with a hysterectomy would need. I do know that 50 mg is plenty for hot flashes and taking it once a day is what is recommended by what I have read on line.

  10. Does this negative reaction include iuds? I am worried about the small amount of progestin that is being released into my body from my iud (skyla) and was hoping that taking a maca root/ dim supplement would help regulate my hormones while I have an iud. Would this work? Or be a bad reaction?

  11. Hi , I got pregnant off maca twice. First time u stopped as soon as i found out and two weeks later lost the baby due to low progestrone and hcg levels.

    This time I continued with it but my progesterone is dropping yet again even tho I am on maca.

    I was prescribed progestrone progesterone and started taking it last night. I can’t stop Maca all of a sudden so i am weaning off of it slowly.

    I am taking 1000mg now , before i was taking 1500.

    Is this going to create issues to wean off of it slowly while taking progestrone in pills?

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  13. Hi Melissa ,if you please can you answer me after two surgery I had and I still have endometriosis . I want to be organic on food and I been doing great with eating good diet no sugar and no GMO at all. So my last period was late for 20 days and I took pragrancy test was negative and then on the day 21 I got my period. I was disappointed so you think change my life style and my diet that could be what happened with my period. I want now to take Maca but I am afraid that my period will late again or Maca will affect my ovarian cyst and endometriosis. ?

    • Hi there
      I had cysts which was pcos I google for whole month on why I couldn’t get pregnant. It was sugar sugar stopped eggs from maturity and stuff my hormones around cause insulin n pituitary gland was not fictional
      So I stopped sugar for 1 month. Started taking maca powder, vitex it’s awesome look it up, also Vera juice, beetroot juice with molasses after 1 month, stopped processed foods fresh only. My eggs grew my period was regular again
      I got pregnant after 2 months after I was told I had to use ivf. So proved everyone wrong. Just by stopping sugar and going on vitex.

  14. I have ovarian cyst I had two surgery and I have endometriosis . And the doctor told me the only way to conseving is by IVF. It’s very expensive and I do not want to take anymore medicine . I want to be natural I been eat good since three month ago . Eating organic food. And I hered a lot about Maca. Can I take Maca with medforium ? I take medforium just once a day at night.sa

    • Hi there
      I had cysts which was pcos I google for whole month on why I couldn’t get pregnant. It was sugar sugar stopped eggs from maturity and stuff my hormones around cause insulin n pituitary gland was not fictional
      So I stopped sugar for 1 month. Started taking maca powder, vitex it’s awesome look it up, also Vera juice, beetroot juice with molasses after 1 month, stopped processed foods fresh only. My eggs grew my period was regular again
      I got pregnant after 2 months after I was told I had to use ivf. So proved everyone wrong. Just by stopping sugar and going on vitex.

      • Hi there, thank you for sharing all this fantastic information with me, do you think there is hope after all I had mentioned before plus. Eggs quality is low and no ivf work. I was not going for it anyways.

  15. I tried maca, have taken it for 2 days but found that it’s flared my bowel pain issues, started feeling like a bad period though. It’s also given me hot flushes. I’ve not been taking anything else for about a month so it’s not that sort of interaction. After some research I’ve found out that raw maca is not consumed in Peru, they always cook it as it removes the toxins in the raw root. I’m suspecting it’s these toxins that are upsetting my bowel so I’ve stopped the maca and am now taking aloe vera juice and slippery elm powder to get things back to normal.

  16. Hi, I am 43 and have been trying to conceive naturally. I heard that maca may help with fertility since I have a low AMH. After taking a teaspoon of maca every day for about 2-3 weeks, my period is late and I am not pregnant 🙁 Anyone had any issues like this? This is making me nervous, I hope I haven’t screwed up my hormones…since I have always been right on time.
    Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    • My question as well. I have started taking Maca and Ashwaghanda together after my monthly cycle ended and it came back early. I am 52 and premenopausel and had read that these two herbs would help with hormone levels and sex drive. I stopped taking them when my period came back.

  17. I had been planning on taking maca, in fact took it for the first time yesterday but after reading this I’m going to stop for the moment as I’m weaning off HRT and suspect they may not work that well together. I’ll give it a few days and then try DIM instead since that’s supposed to help clear out excess estrogen and I’m already on Milk Thistle. Once things settle from removing the HRT then I can stop the DIM and try Maca unless of course DIM has sorted things out on that front. Your blog is a wealth of knowledge so far, thank you!

    • Thanks! I started Maca a few days ago, and I thought I was in labor, the pain was and still is intense. Now in reading this, I realized it’s probably because I also take Evening Primrose Oil as well. So I will discontinue the EPO for now, and switch back to it next month, do I can give Maca a chance.

  18. Thank you for this! Which maca do we endo girls take? There are sooo many kinds of maca out there?

    Thanks a ton!

  19. Hi there,
    I just wanted to share my Maca experience. I’ve had mild hormonal breakouts since I went off the pill a few years back. I’ve tried many different remedies (vitex, DIM, EPO…etc). Recently I had decided to give Maca a shot. However, my skin became very congested after a few weeks on it and has broken out worse than before I started it. Do you think this could be my hormones adjusting or could this mean that Maca is imbalancing my hormones even further?

    Thanks for your time!

    • The same thing happened to me. I had much better luck with Sharavari. My acne completely disappeared within a few days once I figure out the dose that was correct for me (half of what the package recommended)

  20. hello Melissa,

    I’m recovering from my second abdominal myomectomy at 37, I had many many small fibroids and one large one, the first time around I had three large ones and tons of small ones. I’d like to avoid future surgeries and regrowth and possibly attempt to get pregnant in the next two years so I am reading up and modifying my diet. Sugars seem like the enemy unless consumed in tiny amounts in natural form. Only hormone free meat and chicken and sparingly at that, lots of fish, cruciferous vegetables and very little coffee and alcohol to keep the liver happy. I have started drinking apple cider vinegar in the AM first thing followed by a protein shake with a teaspoon of maca powder. Is this compatible? Reading the other comments I see that maca shouldn’t be mixed with other hormone controlling supplements but it seems challenging to avoid all foods with phytoestrogens, especially because there are so many healthy ones… is this the case or were these comments referring to phytoestrogen supplements?

    thanks!

  21. I’ve been reading about maca and i have purchased it to gain a little bit of weight but i’ve heard that it may counteract the birth control.. I’m taking yasmin BC ..will maca make it less effective?

  22. Hi Melissa,

    I have amenorrhea due to low estrogen so I have been taking Maca for about a month so far. Should I take soy isoflavones as well or continue trying maca? Have you heard of it being able to induce a period?

    • Dear Melissa,
      MaCA has induced my period at least on two attempts. The first time I had not had a menstrual cycle for almost a year. Then I tried maca and I kid you not, my cycle started within the first week and was regular for a while.
      This month, I started taking the supplements afterms not having a cycle again for some months. Within 2 weeks my cycle started.

      So to answer your question , yes it does. It also improves your libido as I have experienced and general feeling of wellbeing.

      • Faye, this same exact thing happened to me! I’m 52 and thought I was finished my menstrual cycle after a year of not having one. The other day I took the Maca powder in my smoothie it induced my menstrual cycle same day. Still have it today.

  23. Need morec info on fibroids.
    I would like to get them to shrink. I am taking vitex, red raspberry and dandelion extract capsules…also omega 3 and will try to get kelp going too. I am wondering if maca can help me. I will be 69 in Feb. I stopped my hrt because I think it has caused fibroids to grow. I want to avoid a hysterectomy.

  24. I had 4th stage endo on both sides,1 side of cyst was removed in 2012 since then trying to conceive.last month I started taking maca ,royal jelly ,cod liver oil and multivitamin ,minerals from day 1 of my period. During ovulation and 3 days post ovulation I felt cramps in low abs and lower back.what could be the reason ?Am I doing something wrong? Should I continue or discontinue ?I am planning to start chastberry tablets from next cycle, will thatgo with herbs I am already taking?

  25. Hi!
    Is it safe to take maca root if I have an birth control implanon?
    I am looking for herbal remedies to help with my really bad mood swings that I have from implantant :(.As Implanon releases hormone – progestin, l just wonder how maca root combines with it and if I am safe with my implanon?
    I am looking forward for any advice :).

  26. Hi Melissa,

    I have been reading the comments on your blog, which I find very interesting. I have been trying to conceive for a year since December 2014 but not happening. I have 2 fibroid which is pea sized and one fallopian tube which was removed in September 2013 due to ectopic pregnancy. I have just started to take Maca, B complex and multi vitamins since 2 days ago to help me conceive. I have not seen any changes yet, but could you please advise me on this. I would love to hear from you.

  27. I recently started using maca for conception and its been wonderful so far no PMS,i used to have very painful cramps, im just amazed. But please can i use it during my ovulation period i.e days leading up to ovulation and also during my period to aid conception

  28. Hi I’m 33 and have a 2.5 year old girl. Before she was born my periods were all out of whack And my Dr prescribed Metformin and within a month my period regulated and three months later I was pregnant. It will be a year next month since I stopped BC and I’ve had my period once. I’ve been on metformin again since July as we are ttc and still no period. I’m wondering if it’s worth a shot to try this maca?

  29. Hi I’ve been taking maca for about 3-4months now to help balance out my hormones and to help me start my period and it was working up until September I missed my period and I keep taking the maca and still nothing. :/ just wondering what’s going on.

    • I would probably stop taking it Clarissa. It doesn’t sound like it is a good solution for you personally. Hormone imbalances are typically tied to the liver. 🙂

  30. Hi Melissa –

    I was wondering about your thoughts on taking MACA long-term in cases where the ovaries have been removed. I’m 63 & had my ovaries removed about 20 yrs. ago. Took HRT for only a couple of months & since then mostly nothing except for a few unsuccessful tries with creams. I’ve recently found MACA & it seems to be helping with some thyroid/adrenal symptoms, so I hate to stop taking it three weeks at a time or even every other day. I do vary the times during the day that I take it. Since I’ve been in Menopause for many years (surgically induced), is it still necessary for me to stop taking MACA periodically? I’ve gained 5 lbs. since taking it & am not enjoying the bloated feeling, but I read where that may be because I don’t eat enough fiber. I’d appreciate your advice. Thanks 🙂

    • Hello there,
      I am in your same position. So hard to find folks like us!. I am 38. Do you want to keep in touch?. I also took Maca for some time. I’d like to share a few things with you if that is ok with you.

  31. I just wanted to tell you, this article has stuck with me for so long. I started taking Maca because I thought it would help with fertilization. I was trying to conceive. Anyway, I was also taking Shatavari (phytoestrogenic herb for women). The month I was planning to start trying to conceive, I got a yeast infection and on top of that I had no period. Once the yeast infection went away I still… had no period. Thankfully, I saw this article and dropped one of the vitamins (I can’t even remember which one). I got a period, tried to conceive, and now I have a bouncing baby boy! Literally. lol He just started bouncing like yesterday. 🙂 He was born during a snow storm on February 22, 2015. It was all in God’s timing. Again, thank you so much for posting! Had I not seen this, who knows how long it would’ve taken me to figure it out. I was worried. How could I just start ttc and be missing my period!

  32. Hi Melissa:)
    Im trying to find any information about what to expect when loosing one overy and a tube with endometriosis? Im 36 years old. One child. With endo i live about 5 years or more. Had one laproscopy 4 years ago (just cleaning). After 2 years became vegan, changed my life stile. Second laproscopy had just week ago and, how i said, lost ovary with 9cm endo cyst. What side efects i should be ready for? Will there be any good from having only one ovary? Is there any chance to have normal moods and normal body function? Please, help me, any information would be appreciated:)

    • I have lived since 1999 with one ovary due to endo. Your remaining ovary will compensate. I went on to have 3 pregnancies, 2 viable.

  33. Hello,
    I am a 30 year old mother of two, and have major issues with hormones. I just recently had a period for 7 months and saw three Dr’s that suggested birth control, iud, and surgery. I opted for birth control, which made me worse. I have done non-stop research and settled on vitamin A. I also bought vitex and maca, but I am terrified to take the maca and vitex, because I am unsure about getting my period after having it stop. I want to take them because I think they’d be beneficial, but I also want to keep taking the vitamin A. My question is will maca interfere with vitamin A? This is not for fertility as I have my tube tied, but more for an overall way to be more healthy. I cannot lose my weight or even feel better until my hormones start to straighten out. Thanks.

    • Hi Adel,

      I am not sure how you settled on Vitamin A as we can get too much of that one, so I would be careful with it.
      Maca works on the Pituitary gland, which is where the body creates the various hormones that we need. Vitex works more on stimulating progesterone. I wouldn’t be mixing the Vitex and Maca together but would rather suggest trying one or the other.
      In my personal experience, Vitex can be great for a short time – like 3 months but generally not as good for longer terms things.
      I would also focus your energies on Liver health. A good liver supplement and making sure your diet is clean will really help with this.
      Glad you are opting out of birth control. Your body will love you for it 🙂

  34. Hi, I have pcos and have been suffering from acne almost my whole life. The clearest I’ve ever gotten was when I was on aczone and birth control. But I was not happy that one suppressed hormones and the other killed bacteria both good and bad. So I stopped using both. Now, I’m on a paleo diet and have started taking maca and tumeric recently. Before, I took vitex, evening primrose oil, and olive leaf extract. I also took maca back then but that broke me out so I stopped. After reading your blog, I decided to give it another go. I’ve been on it about a week now, still no improvements. The previous supplements I’ve taken seemed to be more effective but I’m afraid that nothing seems to clear my stubborn hormonal acne much. Do you think I might be allergic to maca? Should I try it longer? I’m losing hope. It’s been about three months since I’ve completely stopped taking birth control. My face is covered in horrible cystic acne. I’m starting to think that maybe I should go back to the old regimine even though it’s probably the least healthiest thing for me.

    • Hey Luna,

      Sorry to hear about your rollercoaster! That happened to me once i went off the pill, but what helped me a lot was seeing a naturopath and starting on some chinese herbs to flush out excess residue in the body left over from the pill. Then i did maca for 3 months which worked well but the next time i tried maca it didnt work for me. So i guess your body knows best at any one point in time. I do think give maca a longer shot tho, like 1-3months to see improvement. Good luck 😉 you should check out the fb site for extra support! Xo lana

  35. Hi Mel
    I’m glad I came across your site and maca article. I’ve been managing my symptoms with a changes in my diet for the past few months and I notice a big decrease in the cramps I get bofore and during my period. About a week ago I found a bottle of maca that I used to take and started taking it again and I’ve noticed the past few days worsening hormonal issues. I began getting hot and cold flashes, extreme mood swings, crying, and endo pain. I was confused and couldn’t understand how I was experiencing this when my symptoms had been well controlled based on my diet. I thought about it some more and I realize that it must be the maca that is causing this. I’ve stopped taking maca and am waiting to see if this will help.

  36. Hi There! I have a medium sized fibroid, and trying for a second baby. I had my first at 41, quite easily. The second one hasn’t been so easy.

    After some self-diagnosis, I feel that my hormones were imbalanced. I started taking Maca, and Vitex, and it did not feel right, so I stopped.

    Now I take natural vitamin D supplements, a whole foods prenatal vitamin, and 2 Estrosmart tablets a day. I was wondering if I can take Maca again. I am guessing that with the Estrosmart, Maca is not a good idea?

    I just want to shrink my fibroid and get pregnant again!
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Surila,
      It might also be a case of looking at your diet and trying to work out why the body has formed a fibroid. Have you cut out sugars out of your diet?
      I personally loved Maca but it doesn’t agree with everyone. Go with what feels good to you. From the sounds of it, it doesn’t agree. I would avoid Vitex for sure. Estrosmart is a great option!

      • thanks Melissa.

        Immediately after I found out I had a fibroid, i completely changed my diet. I only ever consumed raw honey or maple syrup, never refined sugar, but still cut that down. I also removed all wheat and grain products, and added hormone and antibiotic free fish, chicken and eggs. I also cut down on all alcohol…other than one drink a week. I drink tonnes of water.

        My question was actually regarding Estrosmart and Maca together. I was wondering if they are safe together, based on this article.

        Thanks for your time.

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