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.



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.


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

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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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  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.


    • 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.

  12. 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.

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

    Thanks a ton!

  14. 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)

  15. 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?


  16. 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?

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

  20. 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 :).

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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?

  24. 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. 🙂

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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 🙂

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. Hi Melissa
    My naturopath has just started me on something called Vitex. I have been taking Maca root in my morning smoothies on and off for about 6 weeks now. Would you recommend that I stop taking it with Vitex?
    Thanks x

  33. Hello! Thank you for this post. I am an endometriosis sufferer who is about to come off of “the pill” because it was causing hair loss. Trying to rebalance my hormones after coming off of the pill. Is it ok to combine Maca with Vitex (chastetree berry) and/or hormone balancing essential oils such as Clary Sage, Geranium…etc.??? I’m also on Spirinolactone (which is an androgen blocker) for the hair loss…..?? Please help!

      • Melissa, thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions. I’ve been desperately trying to get some answers and don’t have access to a natural health consultant where I am. A couple final questions and I promise I will leave you alone:
        Given what you said about the Vitex and Maca….I recently purchased a supplement called FemRebalance by Vitanica and noticed that both maca and Vitex are incorportated with several other herbs: 200mg Vitex and 100mg Maca. Should I not take this? If not, would the Estroblock mentioned in your linked article be comparable in function and a good substitute for this blend?
        Should Estroblock be taken for a short period of time or permanently?
        Would you recommend taking progesterone cream and Vitex along with the Estroblock.
        My list of supplements/oils etc is growing by the minute!
        So sorry for the “twenty questions”….
        Thank so much again!

        • Hi Amber,
          I would pick one hormone based suggestion – so either maca,or estroblock or vitex or progesterone cream but not all of them. You need to have a very small effect on the hormones so you can notice if things are not working. It is really hard to measure what is working or interfering if you use too many once.
          I would also focus more on the liver health to ensure you get to the root cause of the imbalance. Try searching “Liver” in my search box for more info 😉

  34. Hello! Thank you for this post. I am an endometriosis sufferer who is about to come off of “the pill” because it was causing hair loss. Trying to rebalance my hormones after coming off of the pill. Is it ok to combine Maca with Vitex (chastetree berry) and/or hormone balancing essential oils such as Clary Sage, Geranium…etc.??? I’m also on Spirinolactone (which is an androgen blocker) for the hair loss…..?? Please help!

  35. i have been taking maca for a year and decided to stop taking it (mainly because i forgot to take it on schedule so i thought i would see what happened without it). the first month i was off it, my period was normal and the pain was normal and everything seemed fine. the next month, i started my period two weeks early, was a normal period again (even tho it was early) and i spotted 2 days after i stopped (abnormal for me) and i’ve been off my period for a week now, and i started again. so this is my 3rd period in a month and a half. this whole month my boobs have been so sore and i’ve been bloated and my cramps are horrible. i’m assuming my body is confused without the maca?? can anyone confirm this? i guess i thought since the first month went fine, then i would be fine without maca, but now i’m not so sure! i cant find any help online so i’m hoping someone can help here! i could call my doc but he doesn’t know anything about maca and hes ok with using natural ways to deal with my endo, but he also cant help if he doesn’t know. at this point, i’m confused on when i should start taking maca again. usually i take it starting 2 weeks after i start my period, for 14 days.
    someone please help!

    • Hi Lisa- I am experiencing the same problem. I stopped taking the Macca about 2 weeks ago, around the time I started spotting- I have been spotting nonstop since then, and am due to get my period in a few days. I am worried that this trend will continue, even now that I have stopped taking the macca. Has your mid-cycle bleeding continued?

      • Hi Stephanie,
        I have continued to have a period every other week. If it continues on that schedule, I’m due any day now. I did end up going to the doctor and because of all the periods, I’m anemic now (which is common for me but my levels are pretty low this time). My doctor has suggested an ablation so I’m going to try that (after I get an ultrasound next week to make sure there’s nothing else going on). I cant continue having no energy because I’m so low iron all the time. And my doctor doesn’t understand how maca could balance out all my hormones. Nothing I can do about that…he doesn’t mind me using natural methods to control my endo, but he cant advice me either. Good luck. If you need to vent or anything, just write back. 🙂

      • Hi Lisa,

        I’m sorry to hear that your problems have continued. I am really hoping that I will get my period normally in a few days, and hopefully my cycle will go back to normal now that it’s been weeks since I’ve taken any macca powder. I wish that there had been a warning as to how badly it can mess with your hormones.

        Are you on a birth control pill?

        • no, haven’t been on birth control for almost 10 years. i hated birth control. it never did anything to help me. also my doctor told me that i shouldn’t be on it because i get migraines with aura.
          as for maca coming with a warning-
          anything that you take that changes your hormones will mess with you once you get off it. whether it be natural (maca, etc) or synthetic (birth control, lupron, etc). for me, it was about finding something NATURAL and not man-made to put into my body. then again, i also have a very strict diet so i’m not looking for a magical, cure-all pill. i find that most americans (where i am from) expect to have a magical pill that takes away all their problems. when in actuality, it’s not just one thing that makes you feel better.
          anyway, good luck with your journey! i hope you start feeling better soon!

    • Same with me! I have just started taking maca and it’s prolonging my period! Just won’t stop and it’s 2 weeks now! I don’t think maca root is right for me.


  36. Hi Melissa,
    I have a large number of fibroids and a large cyst. These were multiplied after I stopped using natural progesterone cream that had previously managed the symptoms I have. I was thinking of starting maca and I wondered if I can safely combine this with serrapeptase and nattokinase

  37. Hi! Sorry My english is mit good…
    I am Taking maca Since about 2 month… Before i had östrogendominance and Took Progesteron Creme homöopatic.
    Now suddenly the doctor Found a endo Cyst! It is ms First. 3 Weeks ago it was bot there and i didn’t new i Would have Endo.
    mybe it is because i took Maca?
    What can i do to Remove the Cyste?
    We Try to get pregnant since One year…

  38. I am been diagnosed with endo stage 4. I have had the laproscopy done in june 2014 and we have been trying to get pregnant. Also on top of it I only have one ovary working. So heres my question, I have been looking into natural stuff that will help us. My doctor only said lupron will work, which has crazy side effects. Will maca help me?

    • Sorry to hear of your struggles Bre. I would look at your diet too as things like Gluten and Dairy could be contributing to endo pain and symptoms. I would look at Serrapeptase and possibly Maca. Definitely stay away from Lupron though!

      • I think it depends on the doctor you go to. I am not looking to conceive, but the first doctor told me my only options were to deal with the pill not working very well, or go on Lupron. I went to another doctor, who gave me at least 5 different options to try prior to resorting to Lupron, because it is a pretty horrible treatment. I currently have an Implanon, after months of being on Ralovera (pill form of Depo Provera) which worked great for endo but the depression that came as a side effect for me meant I need to try other methods!

        I have a feeling Lupron isn’t suitable if you are trying to conceive either, I know it can cause birth defects, so I would possibly be seeking out another doctor’s opinion.

        I myself am looking into natural ways to control endometriosis, hoping Maca helps me too!

  39. I have hypothyroid and was diagnosed with endo this year but have not taken any b/c for this because I have been on it before and I gained a lot of weight esp with my hypothyroid. I a, on thyroid medications will maca interfere with this?

  40. […] Melissa M. Turner, diagnosticada con endometriosis a los 19 años y experta en medicina natural, nos explica en su blog que hay mujeres que han empeorado después de tomar maca y otras que han experimentado mejoras notables. Según ella, tomar raíz de maca reduce los síntomas de la endometriosis porque contribuye a regular el sistema hormonal y corregir posibles desequilibrios. […]

  41. Hi Melissa,

    I have fibroids and endometriosis. I took gelatinized Maca root powder for 1 week before ovulation and stopped a few days then I started taking it again after my ovulation for 2 weeks. I drink 2 tablespoon a day with almond milk. Now I am 7 days late on my period and having slight cramping-negative pregnancy test. I am still taking Maca root whenever I feel like it but reduced to a teaspoon. I am trying to get pregnant for 6 yrs now. My question is since it causes me to delay my period should I still continue taking it or should I stop?

    Thank you,

    • It sounds like it doesn’t agree with you but perhaps you are also taking a very large dosage too quickly. I would recommend only taking 2 tablet sized amounts per day for the first 3weeks and then moving up over 3months to 2 tablespoons.

  42. Hey I’ve been experiencing some breast pain and nipple soreness. Also my lower part of my stomach hurts while I was taking maca

  43. Hello! I’ve been taking the thompson brand maca root for about three days now and I’m feeling this pain near my ovaries and also my breast feel very tender and my nipples are so sore. I’m only taking this pill to regulate my hormones… I was wondering if this is normal??

  44. I have a quick question. I want to know if taking maca with 200 milligrams of prometrium can cause issues with maintaining high enough levels to support a pregnancy. My Dr has me on the progesterone and I’ve been taking maca since before I got pregnant.

  45. Hi

    I had been diagnosed with Endometriosis about a year ago and had a chocolate cyst removed and I have been TTC for a year & a half and no results. I’m now seeing a fertility specialist whom has given my the Ovritrelle Trigger injection and still no luck. I have read up on the internet about Maca Powder and just checking if its advisable for me to take it.

  46. Hi Melissa,
    I have fibroids and starting taking the Maca Root to help shrink them also for general health for energy (which it works for this) etc. I use to take it everyday and then I noticed my period was delayed by ten days. I came off of it for a time. I recently just before my cycle started started taking the Maca Root again but only off and on, only taking a teaspoon in my cereal with Almond Milk. My period came and came very heavy, I checked my temperature and like it should when your period starts my temperature dropped just as it started. It was 96.6 degrees. In the day I did a general check of my temperature and it was 97.6. It’s day 4, my period last for 7 days, I noticed my period had gotten a lot lighter, but still bleeding. I checked my temperature and it’s now 96.6? That’s the temperature when your or have ovulated. I don’t understand.This is taken when I’m relaxed and sitting or lying down. Not sure if the Maca would do this?

    Thanks much appreciate the feed back.

  47. hi
    Iam having problems in sleeping and bit of tension and anxiety. iam seeing Ayuverdic doc for 6 months i take herbal things
    i wonder if maca can work with my medication
    second if i take it in evening does it disturb sleeping

  48. I started taking Maca pills back in May. Since then I have not had my period as the last one started on the 16th of May, 2014. But for more than two weeks now I have been having cramps, the ones you usually have before your period starts and I have had some discharge. It first came out as a clear liquid and the next day as a brownish discharge, no spotting at all. So my question is whether this is normal to have a missed period as a result of taking of Maca pills? And should I stop or continue taking it?

    • Are you sure that is the only thing that is different Halexa. I haven’t heard of such extreme results from taking Maca. If you suspect that it is Maca then definitely stop taking it. It is not normal to miss a period. Could you be pregnant?

  49. Hi,

    I am taking the Homeopathy medicine for last 8 moths for Endo and CC. It was working very good. Last few months I have been problem with irregular menstrual cycle. First cycle comes at 25 days and second cycle — 15 days, thrid cycle 25 days. I asked my doctor, different medicine for menstrual problem, he wants to continue the same medicines.Can I use the Maca powder with my Homeopathy medicine?

    • Hi Radha,
      I am unfamiliar with homeopathic medicine but it works on a very differently than herbs for the body. I can’t imagine Maca would be harmful with homoepathic medicine but perhaps check with a practitioner to be sure:)

    • Homeopathy doctor doesn’t know about Maca powder. He said it could be a antidote of his medicine. In my case I want to use something on my body addition to Homeopathy remedy. When I got my irregular cycle, I feel acne on elbow and side of my shoulder. When I had the regular cycle I don’t have any Acne. I have Autoimmune Hypothyroid and Endo with CC. I don’t want to use the synthetic medicine for Thyroid. I am in Charlotte, USA, I was looking for Natural practitioner or Bioidentical Hormones doctor. I don’t know what kind of doctor I should pick for my problems.

      Please help me to find a good doctor and what kind of things (detox, cocnut kefir) I can use for maintaining the hormones. I want to follow your directions. Please let me know if you need any additional information.

      Everyday morning I will take warm water, lemon, Honey and Turmeric with Thyroid medicine. My breakfast is pineapple, spinach, banana, carrot, protein powder shake with Homeopathy medicine.. After noon I will eat salad or any sandwich. Apple – snack. Evening I drink Indian tea with Ginger. Dinner I will eat any curry with Quinoa or brown rice. Before sleep I will take Homeopathy medicine, Vit D3, E, Magni, Fish oil.

  50. Hi Melissa,
    I had several problems on birth control, including reoccurring dizziness/vertigo. My doctor said to go off BC. I did and the vertigo stopped immediately… other than it happening maybe once or twice again in a 2 year time frame. I have now gone on Maca to help balance my hormones. i take 1/4 teaspoon once a day. I have seen good result with my skin clearing up and my libido increasing, but oddly enough, the vertigo issue is back and it’s been bad. Do you think their may be a connection between my hormones and vertigo? It seems oddly coincidental to me that Birth Control and Maca both effects hormones and that I experienced vertigo during both. I would love your input or opinion. Thank you!

    • That is very interesting and not something I have heard before. Vertigo can also be linked to Candida or fungal overgrowths in the body, which will be stimulated by hormones. Maybe look at doing some kind of detox for your bowels and liver hun?

    • I experienced the dizziness and finally vertigo when I tried taking hormones in the pill form then finally in just the cream form you apply vaginally. I tried several different types of bio identical etc. They all made me dizzy and the vertigo got bad so I stopped completely. Estrogen is known to cause dizziness, it says so in big letters in the literature that comes with any prescription, the ‘side effects’. Even though my gynecologist and reg. doctor said it doesn’t. So much for their clinical experience. They don’t even read the literature that comes with the prescriptions. LOL so much for doctors. I am now trying Maca hoping this will help me without the side effects. Maybe the macca root gave you too much estrogen stimulation in the body, but could be so many things. I am only taking a 1/4 of the dose to start once a day and well see. I need estrogen as I am older and depleted. Hope this helps you a bit.

  51. Hi Melissa, I left comments before as well but i think you might not have seen it…any ways I am 30 weight 112lb , hight 5’1….and have very irregular periods (most of month i am on periods) they are prolong, I have started Maca, omega 3 and prenatal and now thinking to start Milk thistle or as you suggested here some one about Schizandra berry…. i feel a slight headache 4th day of taking Maca.. I DON’T KNOW IT’S BECAUSE OF MACA OR WHEY PROTEIN…..my question is can i take Schizandra berry or milk thistle tea while on Maca as i am going to take a small dosage of maca and see how it’s work for me…

    Please suggest me on that…Thanks dear for the wonderful information.

  52. Hello, i have a question, i ordered maca powder and already recieved it 🙂 but im scared to start drinking it since alot of people say that i can get pregnant, because i am on birth control and im not looking foward on getting pregnant. I also started to work out and wanted more curves, this is the reason why i bought the powder, but i dont know what to do now, any advice??

    • Hi Becky,
      I wouldn’t take it with birth control as it can interfere with your hormones. There is a way to know when you are fertile and simply avoid those days – thereby you don’t need to be on birth control.
      I am not sure how you get curves from Maca but it will make you feel more sexy 😉

  53. Hi I have started taking maca and wondering if it can regulate my periods. I am taking metformin for PCOS and had three regular periods but now no periods over three months.Iam very worried. pls help and suggest.

    • I take metformin for pcos and get ref p eriodsm its supposed to regulate menstruation amd ovulation. It doesn’t do much for me im terms of ovulation.

      • It will affect the whole body hun and doesn’t just target on area. Maybe visit a Natural Practitioner who can guide you onto some alternatives? Maca is great but I wouldn’t necessarily take it with metformin.

  54. Hi Melissa , Thanks for sharing this info… I am thinking to buy Maca but had a question… i usually have prolonged periods and mostly 2 times in a month , should i try it? i have started taking prenatal and omega 3 fish oil as i am TTC…please suggest me on that..would appreciate it..Thanks

  55. Hi Melissa, what a great website it is great to have support for our endometriosis which has many of us in such pain!!! I have been diagnosed with endo as of December 2013. My periods had always been fairly regular, with the help of Yasmin birth control pill which I was on for 4 years. In 2012, I decided to go off b/c. I was not sexually active at the time and was ready to come off of the hormones. At the end of that year, towards January 2013 I began noticing pain above my right hip flexor. I am very active, a yoga instructor and had pulled my hip flexor during that year as well but turns out the pain was caused by a uterine fibroid that was around 5 cm. That summer I had the pregnant look due to the fibroid. I started on a low-estrogen birth control advised by my GP who is very b/c focused and not into herbal remedies. Around this time, my skin began to break out a bit as well, but nothing major however before this, my skin was near perfect (help from the yasmin b/c we assumed). I hated being on the new b/c as I felt I gained weight and a lot of it around my hips (estrogen dominance?). I dropped the pill after two months of taking it, and then got a period which was extremely painful. After this, I began believing in a more herbal route- drinking tons of raspberry tea around my periods and taking estro smart supplement. I took this 6 capsules 2x per day every day. I noticed my period pain in my back and pelvis became lighter however my skin began to break out like crazy like cystic and very painful like I was 13 again. In December 2013, I went back to my ob gyn and GP. My fibroid had shrunk down to 2 cm (YAY) but because of the pain I was still having and utlrasounds my ob gyn diagnosed me with endo. I was also sexually active at this time (however, dealing with the pain of sex and endo and not a very high sex drive to be honest!) They also suggested I try another b/c, so I tried Alesse for a month (HORRIBLE) and then dropped it. I also dropped the Estro smart because it was getting to me that my skin was so bad. So now since January 2014, I have been experiencing very very light periods (as said I am very very active, work out almost everyday, eat clean no gluten or dairy for years due to intolerances, no processed, nothing)but BRUTAL cramps that are so painful it feels like the pain is reaching up into my stomach especially during and after ovulation just as my period is about to start. These cramps last for about 2-3 days at most,then move more into my back like dull aching and then fade and then I get a period which lasts a day or 2. Then I have about a week or 2 of a great flat stomach, and then the cycle continues! I am curious about maca, but also have my ob gyn and GP in my head telling me to go back on the yasmin which kept my hair, skin and health fairly good and did not have any reaction like the Alesse did when I started back on a pill. I am nervous I will not be able to have a baby, that my endo will keep growing, and not to mention the pain that I am in for weeks. I work through it with lots of advil and chugging raspberry tea, but you all know the pain. I am hoping for a bit of clarification and advice. I could try both? I can be very very very hormonal, angry like rage and crying for no reason, laughing and crying at the same time (not even during a period!) and to be honest, very weak libido and I am only 24!! I am hoping for some answers for you. Such a great site for women Thank you for hearing me out!!! oxoxo

  56. Hi,
    I was diagnosed with estrogen dominance about 12 years ago. I didn’t think much of it at the time because I wasn’t having many symptoms other than very long periods (2 to 3 weeks, with 1 week off in between, docs told me this was ‘normal’ for me and not to worry about it). About 4 years ago I started to grow à cyst. I took milk thistle to support my liver, turmeric and dong quai on and off for almost 4 years to try and get this cyst (left ovarian) to go away. The cyst did not go away, it grew and grew. Last month I has laparoscopy to remove the cyst (it was 9.5cm) and the doctor also found mild endo which he also abalated. Since the surgery, I’ve been feeling ok but the doctor wants to give me hormone therapy to prevent the endo from reoccuring. I have been having some pain in my breasts this month (during my cycle) likely due to leftover high estrogen. I would like to rid my body of this estrogen quickly to avoid further negative effects. I now eat only organic, no dairy/soy/gluten or sugar (other than fruit) and I use only organic cleaners, detergents, shampoos and toothpaste. As well, I have eliminated plastics and teflon from my life. I would like to know which would be better for me at this point (it’s one month post surgery), DIM to eliminate estrogen or MACA to balance hormones? Thank you

  57. Hi and thanks for this nice article. I have a question: Could I use Pueraria Mirifica (phytoestrogen) in follicular phase (e.g. cycle day 4-12) and Maca in luteal phase (e.g. cycle day 16-28)? I would use nothing during my period and during ovulation. My cycles are typically 30-34 days, which means on the longer side and I have quite painful and heavy periods. 🙁

    I made a saliva test recently and my DHEA is below the range, my estradiol is also in the lower range and so is my progesterone (low range). Or would you recommend to take Maca only and nothing else? THANKS.

    • Hi Peggy,
      I am not keen on taking Phytoestrogens for Endometriosis and would probably be a little hesitant to mix it with Maca. I would probably try one or the other. Some women experience worse effects from Phytoestrogens taken long term. It might be good for an immediate change in the first few months.

    • Thanks for your reply, Melissa. Sorry I forgot to mention that I don’t know if I have endometriosis or not (it was never diagnosed). I am going to try Maca only for some time and I hope it will balance my hormones. 🙂

  58. This might explain my first ever missed period. lol um, I hope I can get out of this whack. I have been doing a lot of research on ttc, a lot of people suggested, maca, cassava, prenatals, whole milk, whole grains, eggs, AND lactating and then stopping the month prior to ttc as it would cause a shift in hormones that would promote fertility. I’ve been taking maca supplements, Avesta Shatavari (phytoestogenic herb for women), cassanovum, and the pre-natals. Apparently I goofed by doing this. Your article is VERY helpful and I’m glad I’ve figured out the issue.

  59. Hi Melissa,
    My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a while (over a year). I started taking progesterone, as recommended by my doctor, about a month and a half ago. My thyroid levels are slightly low, cortisol is low, and progesterone is low. It sounds like maca root might be helpful? Do you recommend EITHER maca OR progesterone pills? Or do you think it’d be ok to take together?

    Thank you 🙂

    • I wouldn’t recommend taking them together. I am not a fan of progesterone pills at all – they tend to be synthetic. If you are not sure maybe consider taking Maca for 3months and measure how you feel after that. If you are still finding your hormones are out of balance, try some progesterone cream. The root cause to focus on though is the liver 🙂

  60. I have just from Dr a week ago and he put me on estrodiol gel as my blood work shows that I have extremely low estrogen. I am in menopause and had an ovary and tumor removed 2 mos ago. I have been taking in royal maca supplement 3 caps a day for about 6 mos but went off it to try the estrodiol cream to see if it willl help my symptoms but now I have bad hot flashes so not sure if I should take the maca with the estrodiol of not.

  61. Okay girls… So I got off the birth control back in February and in the beginning of April I started taking Maca Root for a bigger but working out. I had my last period March 17th and now it’s April 22nd and I haven’t been successful in having my period I’m 5 days late, I didn’t know if I became irregular from getting off the nuvering (birth control) or if the Maca had something to do with it… And it’s causing me major grief… April 12th I celebrated my birthday and I ended up sleeping with someone… 21st birthday regret…. ( ._.) so I have no idea but I’m waiting for a pregnancy test to come in the mail.. Iv having sharp pains in my lower abdominal region where it makes me stop on a dime.. Any words of what might be going would help and I’m under severe stress!

  62. Hi, Melissa,

    Thank you for your website – it’s immensely helpful. I have not been able to ascertain whether serrapeptase works on a hormonal level or simply eats away at the dead tissue. Is it ok to take it with maca?

    Many thanks,

  63. My sister has IBS and she is trying Maca Powder. Should it be causing gas/bloating? She is trying to introduce slowly but seems it is giving her grief.

  64. Hi,could you tell me if maca is ok for someone with damaged liver.Had hepatitis about 40 years ago from contaminated water..No hep in blood now & liver given good bill of health at blood test last Oct.but there is scar tissue.Eat pretty healthily & do not overeat.reasonable exercise walking etc.Never smoked & very rare small amount alcohol.Thank you for so much info.

    • I am not sure to be honest but would probably recommend Milk Thistle and Schisandra for your liver. The liver regulates hormones so you will be achieving a similar result.

  65. Interesting website! I’m battling both endo & fibrocystic breasts (both indicative of estrogen dominance). I took DIM for a few days and my breast cysts started shrinking, but I preferred the idea of balancing my hormones over just flushing out the estrogen. So I started taking maca about a week ago. I feel really good, but my cysts are back and bad as ever. So I’m moving back to the DIM. Just thought I’d post a note in case any of your readers are also battling both and trying to decide between maca & DIM.

    • Thanks Shelly! I was looking for an answer to whether I should continue taking my DIM or switch to Maca. I’ve been trying to get pregnant since Nov 2012. I had an HSG that showed my tubes are open, but my ob/gyn is concerned I might have endo because of my very painful periods where I take 12-17 ibuprofens in 2.5 days and on ultrasound my rt ovary appears to be more butted up against my uterus (possible endo)…whereas my left ovary is swinging freely within the adnexa. I also had a breast biopsy done on my left breast due to a lump. It showed fbenign fibrosis. I saw a fertility acupuncturist who put me on Vitex and herbs. They made me have pain all throughout my cycle when normally I didn’t and I spotted everyday and never ovulated and I definitely ovulated normally before starting those herbs/vitex. Anyways, I feel like DIM keeps my mood in checked, my left nipple isn’t crusty anymore, and it feels like the lump in my left breast is smaller. I also take bioidentical progesterone troches…200mg (only luteal phase) and it adds on a day to my 26-27 day luteal phase to 28 and it reduces the amount of spotting I have right before my period.

  66. Hi,

    About 6 months ago my doctor found out I had excess estrogen and due to familial history of breast cancer put me on compounded progesterone cream days 10-25 of my cycle. 4 months ago my horrible endo pain started. I have cleaned up my diet even more, take borage oil now (just started this month) and ordered maca powder last week. If I am reading correctly though I shouldn’t use maca if I am on the cream and borage oil? My pain has been less this month and I was hoping it was in relation to the borage oil. I also have hypothyroidism which plays into estrogen dominance and which I have read would benefit from maca. I would love to hear your thoughts/tips etc as I had been looking forward to using maca! Thank you soo much for your site!!!

  67. I was on BC for 20+ years and had to stop taking it due to all sorts of health problems that started. Good news is my health started getting better. Then my OB put in a Mirena. Almost immediately I started having problems so I had her take it out. I also developed ovarian cyst and have been having mid cycle pain. My doctors don’t want to talk to me about any treatment unless it is a perscription drug. I stared my own research and started taking DIM and Vitex and using progesterone cream. I fell better but still have some mid month pain. Then I read about maca and added that to the mix (500 mg capsule 2x day). Now I am having some stomach problems so I am stopping the maca. I also intend on stopping the progesterone cream at the end of this cycle ( have used it for 3 months). So at the start of my next cycle I thought about dropping them (it’s time to scale back now that I have been doing this for 3 months) all and just using maca but I’m concerned the stomach problems will start back up. Also I am confused how many weeks a month to try maca or if I should be on it all month.

  68. Hi

    first of all, I LOVE this site, I’ve taken so much advice from you already and I firmly believe it is helping so thank you ever so much!

    What I really need some help on (and I cant ask gynie or my GP cos they think I’m just dumb and more hormones is the answer) is this:

    I came off yasmin for a few months at the back of 2012, and went back on. 3 months after stopping I had temporary hair loss for about 6 weeks, I was absolutely distraught, my hair went so thin! its still in recovery now, and I’m not entirely sure whether it was yasmin or other stresses (which were at boiling point at the time) or a combination that caused it, but after this, in early 2013, I had to take a morning after pill (whilst shair was still in shedding phase) and by July 13, I was having excruciating pail in my pubic bone (just above my groin near my lymphnodes) every month just after my period – I went to A&E and they said I had a femoral hernia and operated on it but the pain was the same every month, during and then the week after my period – it took 5 months of being fobbed off and shouting to get them to refer me to gynie who thinks its scar endo from my op (even though i had the pain before it!)

    he wanted me to shut my hormones down and trigger menopause for 3 months to diagnose and I tole him to get lost, I bedrudgingly took yasmin continuously for 3 months instead – there was no pain, had a little breakthrough bleed towards the end and then the pain came back (its always in my pubic bone and my lower back – lower back pain has been going on for 3 years)

    Anyway, because I am OCD 🙂 I found your site doing endless research to fix myself of this horrible pain…. I binned EVERYTHING that had parabens / chemicals in and swapped for nice kind organic products, I cut right down on meat and dont eat red meat anymore – I have a bit of organic now and again, I cut down on eggs and only eat organic when I do, increased my oily fish and avocado intake, cook in virgin coconut oil and eat raw extra virgin olive oil, I quit bad dairy, switched to unsweetened carageenan free almond milk, eat a bit of raw goats cheese and goats butter now and again as a treat. ditched coffee everyday for a now and again treat, drink green and herbal/fruit teas instead, barely drink alcohol anymore except for the odd glass of red in a blue moon – I’m trying my hardest to cut out wheat – switched to wheat/gluten free bread, brown rice pasta, increased my veggies / kale / spinach / ginger… basically nothing “unclean” (except for the odd dairy/gluten free dark chocolate) has passed my lips in weeks – I feel great but havent had the full blown period at the end of the 3 months back to back…. (my follow up appt is April 17th where he wants to discuss sticky plaster treatment)

    (wow that was a long story) so I guess now I’ve explained where I’ve arrived at, I would REALLY like and appreciate your opinions on the following:

    I am DESPERATE to get off this bloody pill, I hate it – my sex drive is through the floor and I believe it triggered that hair loss and isnt helping it now, but I am frightened to death that my already thin unrecovered hair will fall out again if I stop taking it.
    I’m frightened that my endo pain will worsen if I do

    Ive read alsorts of articles about DIM / Maca / Liver cleanses with milk thistle / chlorophyll etc… to keep my body balanced when I come off the pill, but i dont want to overdose on stuff and I’m confused?!?

    What is better to regulate hormones, Maca or DIM?
    Can I also take these with chlorophyll and milk thistle?
    I do think I need a liver detox as in my younder days when I could handle hangovers (I’m 30 now) I used to go out all the time and had a taste for a good wine, I ate cheap chicken, eggs, whey powder and all the things that have probably over the years contributed to endo and I just wanna look after myself and get right with my diet and fitness, and push for the op to remove the rogue tissue rather than cover it with more hormones…

    Please help??? xxxx

    • Hi Rachael,
      Thanks for sharing your story 🙂
      I would take DIM or Maca. I personally prefer Maca but some women prefer DIM. It is kinda a personal choice but from the sounds of it, Maca would help that sex drive 🙂 You do need to go off the pill first though. When you go off the pill, take Calcium D Glucarate for at least 3 months to avoid Estrogen dominance effects.
      You can take Milk Thistle but I would recommend Schizandra berry above that one. It is even more effective and doesn’t stimulate estrogen mimicking as Milk Thistle sometimes does.
      You might also like some other tips within the Facebook Group 🙂 I have added you in case you want to join 🙂


  69. Hi! Like your blog… A little history- 51, peri menopausal, hypo thyroid. I take Vitex, a phyto estrogen and a porcine thyroid. I eat organic, grass fed, free range-all the good buzz words… I feel good, am well regulated, but have been doing research on maca and it sounds like it be able to replace everything I take. How much time should I give between stopping what I currently take and starting the maca? I expect my body to be kinda wonky during the transition, I can tolerate that, hopefully! Thanks in advance!

  70. I have been taking maca this month and surprisingly I was pregnant. I am very worried since it’s a hormones balancer will it affect my pregnancy and lower my progesterone? Since it’s already high when pregnant obviously. I stopped it immediately at 5 weeks and 4 days and I don’t have an ultrasound or blood check until three days.

  71. Hi. It wouldn’t be bad to take a Lo Lo estrogen birth control pill with maca root right? Do you suggest me taking 3 weeks to a month of no birth control pills then starting maca root?

  72. hi. i’m hoping you can help me…
    i got diagnosed with endo about 6 months ago. doctor wanted to put me on hormone treatments and i didn’t want to do that. so i’ve been doing the natural route.
    for the past 6 months i have been taking maca during the luteal phase of my cycle. i take it once a day and its usually about 2 weeks a month. i read that you should not take maca for longer than 6 months. so this month i haven’t taken any…and i have been bloated and i’m breaking out and i’ve had pain in my ovaries, ever since the day i would normally start taking maca again!
    now it could be a fluke but that’s a lot of things to change drastically all of a sudden!!
    the maca has helped a lot, but i cant find any more info about taking maca long term. which is why i’m asking you… i’d much rather just keep taking maca but because i read you shouldn’t take it for longer than 6 months i got nervous.
    any insight on this??

    • I think if the Maca is helping you, then there is no harm in taking it for longer. Trouble is, you don’t want to become reliant on it. Make sure you are gaining vital nutrients from your diet and also add some other natural superfoods into your diet. You would probably find Moringa really beneficial and Turmeric too 🙂
      Just listen to your body and adjust as you need to. The dose you are on is not very high either 🙂

    • thanks for the response! i did start taking it again and the pain is gone so i’m just waiting it out to see how i feel. i am very much into nutrition and eat a whole foods plant based diet. i will look into moringa and tumeric too, thank you!

  73. Hi Melissa,
    I am waiting for the clinic to open and see if they can help me. In the meantime i am wondering if you know anything about this;
    As I mentioned before I took Ashwaganda and Macca on same days for a week or so. I was few days late on my period and they 2 days ago I started to get hot flashes, I am getting extreme hot flashes now and feels like my blood pressure is going high, cause my brain is hot. and I also feel like my libido is coming back very strongly. I am only 35 yrs old and I don’t know if Ashwaganda did this, or is this early menopause. I had asked the doctor to test my hormones, but she said they don’t do that!! I am gonna go ask for it again. But wondering if I shouldn’t have taken these two together, different places say different things.
    If you let me know I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you

    • I would maybe lay off the Maca or at least reduce how much you are taking. I am not sure about combining them but it sounds like Maca is too much for you or perhaps it is the quantity you are taking.
      It can be perimenopause too. If it doesn’t agree, it is best to find the root cause rather than focusing on supplements. They are still very powerful herbal remedies 🙂

    • Thanks for the advice, just wanted to update you on my condition, so I stopped the macs and ashwaganda at the same time and the hot flashes were gone immediately. Since i had been taking maca for about 6 months and never had this before, I am going to assume it was either ashwaganda or the combination of the both that did this. I did the hormone test and waiting for the result. But as it is really hard to figure out the cause of these things since doctors don’t really listen to you, I am gonna try with the one at a time experiment. I doubt it is perimenaupse since i am too young for it. But my extreme libido is back, although this is my ovulation week so it might have effected that as well. I am taking milk tistel as well to clean my liver so it might be helping to regulate hormones. But i have decided to stay off the Maca and ashvaganda for couple of weeks and try macs on its own again and see what happens. You are right, I didn’t know how strong these herbs are. But the extreme libido is worrying me a little, hopefully it’s a good sign.
      Thanks again

  74. This last year I found out I had stage 4 endo. I had it removed through surgery roughly six months ago. My hormones were off before surgery, and they are still off after surgery. My doctor told me I need a hormone tune-up and has me taking 200mg of pure progesterone in just the luteal phase of my cycle. I was wondering if taking maca during the first half of my cycle, before ovulation, would still have any benefits? As of right now, I have 5 times more estrogen then I need and half the amount of progesterone that I should have. Apparently my ovaries didn’t read the user manual correctly….

    • Hi Caitlin,

      I would probably not mix the progesterone with the maca. If it is a natural source it might be all you need 🙂 Progesterone doesn’t work for everyone though so if it is getting wrose, then perhaps stop that one and try maca instead.

  75. The thing is with this super-food, is that it is NOT a one size fits all if you have under lying thyroid issues that are undiagnosed. OR

    If you are currently receiving treatment for a thyroid-related medical condition, then you may want to reconsider taking maca root powder for the treatment of another health ailment. According to Herbal-Supplement-Resource.com, one major side effect associated with maca root is an unhealthy increase in iodine levels in patients suffering from a thyroid disorder.

    As the website suggests, maca root supplements contain a high level of natural iodine, which could lead to complications for patients already afflicted with abnormally high iodine blood levels.

    When in a high concentration within the body, iodine excess can lead to further medical complications including but not limited to kidney failure and other insulin-related illnesses.
    As the website suggests, extreme cases of iodine-related disorders include the development of goiter, or an enlarged thyroid gland.

    Before anyone should recomment what works for them, always encourage others to see a health care professional for any underlying problems first.

    Now i’m trying to reverse the effects of this maca herb that made my menstrual cycle shorter then before! from a perfect 21 day cycle to a messed up 16-18 day cycle, having a period every 2 weeks is depressing. maca for me caused severe frequent urination, breast enlargement, high blood pressure, indigestion, heart burn, hot flashes and an increased heart rate, insomnia, irritability and a constant feeling of something is stuck in my throat all the time.

    I’ll just stick with my B 100 Vitamin complex and Prenatal Multivitamin. might try the Vitex after a few cycle runs as i have heard more positive about this herb then the maca root.

    I wish you all the best happy and healthy!

  76. I am wondering, I read few places that I should not take Ashwaganda at the same time as MAca? What are your thoughts in that?

  77. I forgot to mention, I am not sure if I am estrogen dominated or no, but I did a bit of research and seems like lot of it might cause the stomach pain. Is there a way for me to measure these without doctors?

  78. Ok, so because of my endo issues I decided to start detox first and then I became Vegan after that and at the same time started taking Maca route, Don quoe , Chaste berry, etc. All the hormonal herbs that could have helped me with the issue and balance my hormones. So one month after starting that I started to get stomach pains only on 2 first days of my period(not cramps, just stomach pain on top) And been wondering what it was, I haven’t been able to sleep well on and off for the last few months, also my sex drive has gone to zero! I use to be sexual like 247!! And now it’s down to none, also my period pain is still there. I am so glad I found you here. I have gone through lot of changes in my life to fix this hormonal issue and period pains and years of no one believing me that there is something wrong. So I am hoping that finally I have found the cure.
    So my question to you is; you said Maca route is not good for endo and then you said it is ? How should i decide what to take? The hormonal herbs Don que and Chaste berry stuff, or Maca ? I have to mention the only one that I have been consistent lately has been macs that i take with my daily smoothy, last couple of months I have been taking the others every day, just every other day or whenever I remember. I took them a lot at first when I started.
    Any way that i could find out what I exactly need without going to the silly doctors, I have totally lost confidence in doctors, since for years they have been giving me useless advice and don’t seem to know anything about the human body!
    Thanks so much for your help and this website, please let me know.
    Im so glad I found you here 🙂

    • Hi Lulu,

      I would be weary of taking all of those – especially the Chasteberry and especially mixing them all together. Pick one and take just that one for 3months and see how your body feels. If it doesn’t feel good after a couple of weeks, then drop it. We are all different and for some Maca has been fabulous and for others it hasn’t. I had great results with Maca.
      I would also look at your diet more seriously. Vegan is quite extreme and there are elements within meat that our bodies need – not heaps of it but definitely some of it. It comes down to quality. You would so benefit from my new course : http://www.endowellnessretreat.com 🙂

  79. Hi there! I’m 18 years old and havn’t gotten my period in the last 6 months, and i got tests and an ultrasound done but everything looks normal, so my doctor prescribed me to take progesterone pills to force a period, but i havn’t started taking it yet. I also suffer from acne and i feel cold all the time (my hands turn purple from being so cold). I am eating really clean (vegan, gluten free, low sugar diet), but eating this way hasnt fixed my problems, although it has made me feel better overall, but i was wondering if i should take the progesterone pills like my doctor wanted me to or try maca and wait so see if that will help me? If i do start taking maca, when should i start noticing anything? I was also thinking about trying DIM or Vitex Chasteberry, but i’ve heard not to take that with maca, i just dont know which one would work best for me.

    • Hi Natalia,
      I would ensure you are eating enough fats – the good fats like avocado, coconut milk (in a smoothie with banana is super yum) and Chia Seeds. Maca would be brilliant for this – I would avoid the others and including the progesterone pills. Maybe try Maca for a few months and see how you feel 🙂

  80. I am thinking of trying maca root OR evening primrose oil. I have tried vitex and had negative results. (Immediately induced a heavy clotty period with severe breast tenderness and an acne flare up) I am 25 and since having a child 4 years ago I have had persistent cystic acne and since coming off BC 2 years ago it has gotten worse and worse. My cycles are a steady 28 days but are very heavy with very tender breasts and terrible mood
    swings. I eat an organic diet with very little sugar and no processed foods or white flour. I drink only water and a single cup of coffee daily. I use a detox tea with dandelion and licorice and burdock every other month. I exercise and meditate almost daily. I have gained a notable amount of stubborn weight around my midsection and I am lethargic but have trouble sleeping. My moods are all over the place. Low sex drive. And fairly persistent reproductive area cramping. My husband and i have been trying to conceive for nearly 2 try years with no luck. I am wondering if you have advice? I feel like my hormones are to blame. I am afraid to try the maca root because of the bad experience I had with the vitex. 🙁

    • Hi Kara,

      I would probably not recommend Maca if you had a bad reaction with focusing on just hormones as a remedy. I would do some sort of cleansing for your liver – maybe a juice fast to start off with? You could do more advanced herbal remedies too for the liver which will really help.
      I just wrote an article on it which might help: http://www.endoempowered.com/support-liver-mels-top-5-recommendations/
      Our liver regulates all our hormones and your symptoms definitely sound hormonal. If you can cut out the coffee completely that would totally help as coffee affects all our hormones by throwing out the adrenals. 🙂

  81. Hi. I don’t have endo…my prayers to all of you struggling with this.

    I came across this discussion when researching maca. I had a mirena iud for 2 years, that I just had removed because of side effects that were investigated and treated for any other cause. My ob/gyn would never confirm/acknowledge that the iud would have any adverse affect.

    I did a lot of reading and found tons, and I mean tons, of women who experienced the same problems while on this iud. Not everyone reacts the same way, for sure, but clearly a lot do even if the doctors won’t admit it.

    It seems that for me the synthetic hormone has caused me to suppress my own production of progesterone and brought me to some level of estrogen dominance…at least as best as I can understand. I gained nearly 25 pounds, and worse yet, was unable to lose any regardless of diet or exercise…frustrating. But more importantly, I have joint pain, numbness/tingling, hair loss and appear 6 months pregnant. I am not a tiny person, nor am I big boned, just average but now look prego.

    So, after researching I found a product (happy to say brand, but not sure if I’m allowed to) that got great reviews, is all natural (not synthetic anyway) maca and I’m waiting to start.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, should I have my hormones checked before starting? Is there someone I should see before starting? My ob/gyn seems to think I’m nuts, my gp is great but don’t know if that’s where to start.

    Thanks again.

    • Hi Miss Wonder Why – great name 🙂
      I totally agree that all those synthetic hormones throw out the natural balance within the body. They will defintely have all those side-effects you mentioned – note my sarcasm 🙂
      Maca can certainly have fabulous effects but I would also look at focusing more strongly on cleansing the liver and diet – supplements can only take us so far 🙂

  82. Hi Everyone! I am writing to everyone who has been posting lately, especially the ones posting about the periods and the irregular body reactions. MACA IS A HORMONE BALANCER!!!! While Maca is natural, if there is nothing ‘wrong’ with your hormonal levels, it will cause you to have ‘adverse’ effects. If you are taking it with other supplements, it will also cause you to have ‘adverse’ effects. They may not be negative side effects, periods are not all that bad, but I noticed some of you mentioned you were attempting to conceive. Please please please consult with a legit herbalist before taking herbs that are as strong as Maca. It is important. Sometimes our bodies do not need it. There are A LOT of herbs out there that when taken with other herbs/ drugs, or when not needed can have some serious consequences. I love Maca, but it is not for everyone. If you are having a lot of hormone imbalanced symptoms, begin with what you are eating. SOY SOY SOY…pumped full of hormones and can set your body off. If you have sensitivities, this will also cause like symptoms. And also…and no one wants to hear this. Processed foods. Often times these symptoms are brought on by your thyroid doing to much. I.e. attempting to get rid of things in your body, your body views as toxins. Like food. Good luck ladies, and seriously. Ask someone who went to school before taking herbs! They can be just as dangerous as drugs!

  83. Have not been officially diagnosed with endo, but 99.995% certain that I’ve had it at for at least 7 years do to unexplained crippling pains within pelvic cage throughout entire cycles… Saw several drs in 2 states but they did nothing but shove painkillers at me- ultrasounds, bloods, & paps show nothing… Have been TTC for 6 years with a ludicrous number of early miscarriages… Was also diagnosed as perimenopausal almost 5 years ago(@26) due to sudden extreme drop in hormone levels, although was considered by drs to be in fantastic physical shape & health… At that time I began studying up on reproductive health & natural remedies… Decided to see if could resolve endo myself, so started taking Wobenzyme a year ago… 1st cycle- only had 1 brief sharp pain just before end of cycle… 2nd cycle- no sharp pains… Found that enzymes appear to cause me a very unusual amount of bruising on my legs… Sharp pains have been slowly returning in about the last 4 cycles… I decided to start Maca in mid December, forego use of tampons, started a less potent systemic enzyme, added oatmeal, coconut oil & raw cacao powder to my diet (for magnesium to help with severe abdominal inflammation)… I started Maca with 750mg of gelatinized Maca per day for the 1st cycle & have bumped it up to 3000mg of gelatinized Maca per day during this cycle… Am again experiencing a great deal of bruising on my legs- likely from the enzymes… With Maca, I felt amazing until about day 10 of current cycle (including very heightened sex drive)… Then I just started feeling incredibly crummy all around – almost certainly due to body detoxifying due to the high dose of Maca… My question, what is a useful way to aid my body in the detoxification process as my liver is easily plugged with cholesterol, my system as a whole becomes easily inflamed, & am TTC?

    Thought I’d also share on a side note that in the last 2 years am only able take Vitex during annovulatory cycles to help regulate- if I take Vitex during a normal cycle I notice more severe & more frequent sharp, crippling pains that I’m pretty certain are caused by endo…

    I’m so ready to reclaim my health, happiness, & fertility…

    • Hi Mrs Meldrum,
      I would focus on your diet and cleansing the liver, rather than relying on just supplements. It is very dangerous to just play with hormone based supplements as they all have an effect on some level. Inflammation is so easy to get rid of with the right diet. Have you seen my new course? The Endo Wellness Retreat guides you through the whole process and gets rid of pain, inflammation and so many other symptoms we experience with Endometriosis. http://www.endowellnessretreat.com

    • I ate a very clean diet until 2009- rarely ate processed foods, sweets, or fats… Then, after a tooth infection ransacked my system in the end of 2008, & 8 weeks of powerful antibiotics, I suddenly started craving all of the above- likely due to candida… Even since I started craving these foods, tho, I still maintain at least an 85% clean diet… I mostly eat fish, shrimp, & free range chickens for meat, tons of different veggies, some nuts, very little dairy beyond an occasional yogurt (I take eggshell calcium with vitamin D to make sure I consume sufficient calcium), rice, oats, quinoa, beans, nuts, eggs, Green Goodness(green smoothies), green tea, lemon water, coconut oil, & raw cacao powder… I’m still looking for ways to improve my diet, but have trouble coming up with new recipes that both my husband & I enjoy enough to continue eating… I’ll definitely check out your course… I’ve tried so many different things to bring a healthy balance back into my body- you would not believe what I’ve put my body through, hormonally, out of sheer desperation… I have seen so many drs seeking a way to regain my health, & left feeling frustrated & empty handed as far as options… I hit a point about 2 years ago, where I realized that it was gonna have to be up to me to fix myself… At that time, I began rashly overloading my body to fix everything thinking that I had several separate malfunctions… I was unaware that all of these things could be due to 1 issue- candida… Hormonally, I have been diagnosed officially with weak ovulation, low progesterone, & a luteal phase defect…

      Supplements I’m currently taking are:
      Liver Care
      Eggshell calcium
      Systemic enzymes
      Apple Cider Vinegar tablets

      Am doing my best to make sure that all other nutrition comes from diet…

  84. Hi, will Calcium D-Glucarate interfere with the Mirena IUD since it is an Intrauterine device with localized effects not processed through the liver?

  85. Hey Annabelle, I just googled Evening primrose oil and maca and thus came across your blog. I am taking both of these supplements because of my severe PMS, I do not have endometriosis, just hashimoto, is it still a bad idea to take them together?

  86. my breasts have increased in size at least a full cup. I know this is all due to maca. I have a ton of energy for my age and started IronTribe with great results. I am already eating a paleo type organic diet with a little bit of diary and have been for over a year, which I think has contributed to the effectiveness of the maca. Anyway, my question to you is: how long can I expect my period continue? Will I have a period as long as I am on maca or will my body still continue the process of menopause but at a more natural pace? Thanks for your blog – although I have never suffered from endrometriosis the information on here is valuable for all women. I wish I had known about maca a long time ago.

    • Maca has been shown to extend the natural flow of having a period for many women – which is a good thing 🙂 I would stick on it but take breaks every 3months or so, so the body doesn’t get too used to it 🙂

  87. Hi Melissa,

    I am a 50 year old woman who thought my periods pretty much over. At my pap in July of 2012, I told my doctor my periods had been very irregular so she put me on a mild progesterone pill to take 10 days every month to stimulate my period. I did this once but have never been comfortable with taking hormones so stopped. 8 months later the hot flashes and night sweats got so bad that a decent night’s sleep became a fantasy. I stopped having periods. I don’t know if I was terribly irritable but I know I had bad days. I was gaining weight even though I had a good diet. Last October, at the advice of a woman in the local health food market, I began taking organic maca which I add to a smoothie every day. Fast forward to the end of January; no hot flashes, no night sweats, my periods have started again – AND –

  88. Please help! I have PCOS and did a lot of research on maca. Liked what I read about helping to conceive and regulate hormones. I started taking maca capules, 3 of them (1500mg each) as the bottle recommended.
    For the past 4 days I was spotting brown discharge and now today started a full blown Period and it is just dark brown/black. Is this good or bad? Its been 2 weeks since my normal period. I am also cramping pretty heavy! Advice?

  89. Thanks for the article. My personal experience with maca root supplements is very positive. I was in a stage that i was constantly tired and in bad mood(depressed). Couldn’t get up from the bed in the morning. I heard about maca properties and decided to try it. Started with daily dose of 500mg of raw maca powder, but it had bad effect on my stomach. I changed it to Gelatinized form of maca( i took organic gelatinized capsules) and after a while felt some improvement. I increased my daily dose to 1000mg and after 2 month I had energies that i couldn’t believe! Now it’s been 8 months and I’m still taking maca as a part of my daily diet and very happy with my high energies.

  90. Hi, im glad i found this cause i have so many concerns i took maca pills today for the first time and about an hour later after taking i started getting cramps is that normal? Im trying to regulate my period and hopefully conceive any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    • I tried one 500mg capsule of maca and began to has cramps too, then maybe a few hours later I went to use the bathroom and heard something splash in the toilet, I looked and it was a huge blood clot! It brought my period on and it was so so very painful, I thought I had to go to the E.R. I discontinued immediately. My period lasted so log and it was so heavy. Then I had another period after a week. Sucked pretty bad. All from one capsule. I wanted to try maca for it’s even distribution of fat to our butt and hips etc. and to regulate my period. Well that was 3 months ago, I just purchased maca again but different brand, maybe if I take less than 500 mg and I’m waiting until after my period this time. I will probably have the same results, I’m scared but I’m mad that this is like a miracle super food for women and yet I can’t even try to take it long enough to see if it works for me!

  91. Thank U soo much for this blog! I hav been on metformin for 3months now to battle PCOS without result as I haven’t seen my period yet and now am on phytoestrogen to see if it will work for me, and for 3weeks now, don’t really know if it working @all. My question now is dat can Maca work it out for me since its my hormone am trying to balance. Pls can Maca work on my PCOS to reduce the insulin thereby inducing my mensturation? Waiting in anticipation for Ur reply Thanks.

    • Hi Enny,
      If you have taken any hormone based treatments I would highly recommend flushing those out first. You can try DIM for that. I would avoid phytoestrogens as they just make the endometriosis worse.
      Maca can certainly help but you need to flush out the excess hormones first 🙂

  92. Hi,ive been using macaroot for two weeks now,but my problem is that im experiencing this brown discharge and it doesnt stop.Is is good or bad for my system?

    • Brown discharge is a way of your body expelling toxins from your body. It can also be that your uterine lining is very thick and is dispelling. I would look at building up your uterus and giving it strength. Maybe check out Mayan Massage as this can be super helpful 🙂

    • It doesn’t sound like Tumi is expelling toxins… it sounds like Tumi is spotting, in which case she should get checked out by her gynecologist. It’s probably nothing, but in rare cases spotting can be a symptom of gynecologic issues that need professional treatment.

  93. 2nd day of taking maca pills (2 day1 / 1 day 2) terrible headache & dizziness – took it with multi vit perfectil / antihistimine & evening primrose/starflower oil not on pill/any other birth control. Not happy will go off it for a while & perhaps try again with maca only. Ouch!

    • Hi Sweetheart,
      It could be conflicting with the Evening Primrose Oil as Evening Primrose Oil is quite estrogenic. Maybe try it without any other supplements and see how you go 🙂

  94. Thank you for your time:)
    I will try come back to Kelp and Agnus Castus.
    What is your opinion about Cats Claw?
    I tried long time ago, first days was hell, but later i was getting better. And at that time i didnt do much effort to my diet and exercise. So not much changed.

  95. Hi again, thank you for your answer:)
    I stoped taking maca 9th october and hade 2 more days of spotting (in all 9 days spotting)
    Im not taking any other medicine or treatment. After laparoscopy (2years ago) i hade Yasmin pills for 3moths, but couldnt take it any more, cos it made me crazy and horrible person, even worsened my thyroid.
    About two months im not eating meat, dairy or gluten products. Doing yoga.
    About two months ago finished course of kelp, what i hade about for 6 months with couple of breaks in between. My thyroid now better but still not perfect:)
    Im worried about endometriosis, cos last time ( in July) my gynaecologist suggested laparoscopy again, but in the end taled me to come back after 3months for scan. I hade that scan third day of taking maca. Thay said my endometriosis went little bit smaller.
    At the same time, when iv been taking Kelp i hade and Agnus Castus. Im not very sure if it made any difference.
    So should i try again with maca later and smaller dose or should i give up on it?

    • It doesn’t sound like the Maca is agreeing with you hun. I would perhaps go back on the Agnus Cactus and Kelp (if your thyroid still needs it) as that seemed to work well. The thyroid and endo cysts are also very closely related as a lack of Iodine will create growths. It is also a good idea to eat some seaweed. 🙂

  96. Hi Melissa,

    Im a bit confused and need good advise, please:) Im 34 years old. I have endometriosis (laparoscopy about 2 years ago), under active thyroid. My last period started at 23/09/2013, Maca powder i started taking 3/10/2013, the same day i started spotting with a lot of pain (pain lasted for two days (like usual periods)). At first i fought that its ovulation, but today is 8/10/2013 im still spotting and more amount of blood than at the beginning and is very brown colour. I am taking Maca 0.5 tbs in the morning. In general im feeling different, but i wouldnt say bad different. Could it be that is clearing up or is it something wrong? Maybe im taking to much of maca? Should i stop it or should i take smaller amount?

  97. Hi Melissa,
    I have hypothyroidism and an iud until nov. when should i start maca? I also have to take met to get preg as i have pcos.

  98. I have cysts on my ovaries and have been taking MacaHarmony. I have been taking 1 capsule a day but read I should combine it with DIM. Did you say it was not a good combination? I am mid 40’s and do not want to make anything worse. Just want to balance my hormones again & shrink my cysts naturally. My gyn does not support any natural supplements. I am also wondering if I should bump my dosage up to 2 capsules a day which is the recommended dosage-1000mg.

    • Hi Suzanne,
      Yes, I would be hesitant to take them together and if you have been on the lower dosage for a few weeks, I would definitely up the dosage to the recommended amount. See how you feel and allow your body to tell you if it is happy 🙂

  99. Dear Melissa,
    I am delighted to have found your website as I was very close starting Yasmin pill to get rid of my cystic acne caused by hormonal imbalance. I am 45 and been through Diane / Roacutane but prefer the way my body feels without. I want to try Maca as it seems the right thing to do. Would you advise another supplement to take with Maca and how much should I take daily ?
    I have the impression I am allergic to dairy products and most of all cheese. I also get breakouts when eating white rice and chicken ?
    Could you advise ?
    Love your website your are amazing !

    • Hi Julia,
      I am super excited that you found my website too 🙂
      Cystic Acne is totally related to high toxin load on the liver and the consumption of dairy. I would avoid anything that puts a strain on the liver – over processed fats, food with sugar in them and any sugar, too much meat. Avoid any of the white foods: bread, dairy, sugar, wheat and rice – even potato if you can :).
      Maca is wonderful and would make a great addition to a healthy diet.
      I would focus your energies on cleansing your body from all the stuff you have taken over the years. Chlorophyll makes a wonderful cleanser 🙂

      Hugs sweetheart and enjoy the healing journey

    • Dear Melissa,

      So happy to hear from you ! Yesterday I ordered the Fertility Cleanse kit at http://www.naturalfertilityshop.com/ which includes
      Liver Renew Capsules, Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea,Milk Thistle Seed Extract
      Conception Tea,Women’s best friend capsules. When I start using this kit should I continue with Maca at the same time ? Also when in this process would you advise to take chlorophyll and could it interact with one of these products? If I want to buy chlorophyll where would I buy this and how should I use it.
      I also ordered your book so Im sure I will find lots of health treasures in there 🙂

      Hugs right back to you.


      • Hi Julia,
        Maybe try the cleanse without anything else first and then add the others back in. The Chlorophyll would be a great follow through after the cleanse too 🙂
        Thanks for the support!


  100. I am 55, going through menopause suffering with hot flashes at nighttime only and severe insomnia. My moods swings are raging and off the charts. I am told that maca may be the sweet answer to my dilemma. What do you say?

  101. I have severe endometriosis and my body makes endometrioma cysts. i just had my second laproscopic surgery in 22 months and I want to know what I can do. I’ve had adrenal issues since age 19, too much DHEA which caused hair and ance, so the doc put me on Sprironolactone, then the pill because that messed up my periods. At age 35 I went off the pill to have horrible periods and pain and at 36 my gyno discovered a cyst on my ovary and lots of adhesions. It was mostly removed and grew back in 6 weeks. Then the doc tried everything, Lupron, Agyestin, continuous birth control. Additionally, my thyroid went hypo. I’m 38 now, 5’3″ and 115 lbs. I’ve been vegetarian for 16 years. I don’t like taking all these drugs but I also don’t want another 10 cm cyst. Help? Can I take Maca? Can I take it with the pill and synthroid and spironolactone? or do i cut them all cold turkey? Any advice, articles, anything is much appreciated.

    • Hi Lucky,
      The natural approach is quite different to using drugs and hormones. It takes a complete holistic approach for things to work. That means, diet, exercise, cleansing and herbs. Maca alone will not be enough. There are supplements that can help with cyst reduction and prevention but you do need to do all the other stuff too 😉

  102. Hi Melissa and everyone,
    thankfully my husband and I have one child already and now we are having problems conceiving. Everything seems to be ok on his end after he got tested.
    Since I had my Ob-gyn take my IUD (Mirena) out in October 2011, my period has been rather light. I had no period while the IUD was inside my body. It really has messed me up. I also have a hypothyroid condition which i got checked out last in February and will again be checked in August. Last status with my thyroid levels was that the results look great. Could taking Maca improve my periods and improve the lining of the Uterus? I only have my period like 1-2 days and my husband and I want to get pregnant but i believe that my lining with this little blood is way too thin. When you have an IUD, it says that it thins out the lining and It seems that my body is still not recovered from that birth control method after 1 3/4 years that it’s out. I am considering taking Maca to maybe get that regulated if possible but I worry that it could mess with my thryoid meds i take in the morning.
    All my ob-gyn recommends at this point is Clomid or go to Fertility Specialist.

    • Hi Sue,
      I would maybe check with your doc on combining the two but I believe Maca is quite good for the thyroid 🙂
      Hope the lining returns to normal soon. Maybe also take some DIM or something to flush out the excess hormones.

  103. When I first started Maca about 3 years ago, I took it in the raw form. I started to have another period three days after the last one ended. Within two days of starting to bleed, I was filling up a super tampon every hour. I thought I might have to have a transfusion. My midwife prescribed a low dose birth control pill to stop the bleeding.

    I was intrigued. It was scary how dramatic an effect it had, but it was also encouraging because it had an effect. I also noticed at that time that my acne had begun to clear (which hadn’t generally happened since before adolescence).

    I found some Maca that was sundried and concentrated and decided to try that method. I started with a much smaller dose (about 1/8 tsp) and am now taking a little over 1/4 tsp. most days. I stop taking it when I’m having my period and for several days after its cessation. I’ve had really good results and notice a difference in my hormonal symptoms when I’m diligent about taking it. It seems to help with the fatigue I get during the premenstrual phase.

  104. Hi, thanks for posting on this. I am getting conflicting info about Maca? I actually purchased some to increase the possiblity of fertility But then I read that it actually raises your estrogen levels. Is this true? I have a history of Endo and Fibroids which I know that estrogen increase fibroid growth. Is it possible that Maca can increase my estrogen levels and cause fibroids to grow? I know this is not a fibroid site, but wanted to let you know why I was so concerned about it increasing estrogen in my body.

    • Hi Chandra,
      Maca works a little differently with our hormones and goes straight to the Pituitary gland to regulate all the hormones. I would however, recommend focusing on flushing out the excess estrogens with more than just Maca. The key ones are to avoid foods which are estrogenic, which might have been pumped with hormones. Meat that is not organic is one of the highest estrogen contributors. Avoid chickens for sure.
      Flaxseeds, red clovers and pomegranates are also more concentrated estrogens. They are plant estrogens but will still affect our estrogen levels. Also avoid cooking or drinking from plastics as these are estrogenic in nature.
      Soy is the biggest culprit though. Hope that helps.

  105. Hi!
    Is Maca ok to take with supergreen powders, like wheatgrass, spiraling & chlorella?

    Thanks so much for the great information!

  106. Hello, I have a question on what to take to get a regular period. Many have been recommending cited and others maca , I’m very confused! Could I take them @ the same time? Btw I’m trying to conceive but it has been hard for me because sometimes I go 3-6 months without a menstrual cycle. Thank you! I love your website it’s very helpful!

    • I am not sure what “cited” is. I love Maca to regulate periods though 🙂 It is all personal preference really – try things and see what works for you 🙂

      • Hi Mel,

        I was going through an older post on Maca. I looked through it and also the comments to see if my question has already been answered but I didn’t see it. I honestly couldn’t get through the hundreds of comments so I hope it is ok that I contact you.
        I am 44 and have been ttc my second child for years. I finally got the courage to try again because my husband also has a newfound faith that it may happen this time around. I am currently taking red maca root powder, one flat tsp a day. I take multivitamins, iron and omega 3 but no other hormon related supplements.
        I have been reading conflicting information on taking maca during pregnancy. I have also read that low progesterone is a cause for some miscarriages. So my question, if maca is food that balances the hormones, would it be safe to continue to small doses through out pregnancy, to keep the hormones balances or to avoid a possible miscarriage resulting from a low or sudden drop from progesterone? If no, what is the reason?
        I apologize for the lengthy message.
        Thank you

  107. Hi Melissa! I have also taken Maca Root powder for the last couple of months, alongside naturual wild yam pills and progesterone cream. I take regular blood tests since I am doing Ivf on a natural cycle. The last months my estradiol level has been too high, so the Ivf has been cancelled. I never had that high estradiol level before. I have now stoped taking maca root powder because I believe it has caused this inbalance. Hopefully my blood tests will normalize next months.
    Wild yam and progesterone cream really works for me.

    I love your cookbook and use your recipies quite often. Keep up your good work:)
    Thank you!


    • Hi Ingvild,
      Perhaps you were just taking too many things all at once? I know when I combined too many hormone specific supplements together, I developed problems. Glad you found the progesterone cream to work for you. Just make sure you don’t take it for too long 🙂

      Glad you like the book! Hugs

  108. Hi Melissa,
    I found all this very interesting and helpful. I have endo and a fatty liver, for the fatty liver I take milk thistle capsules, and had been thinking about trying maca. Do you think the two combined would be bad?
    I’ve had endo for years and when I was researching it online, there wasn’t that much info on it, doctors all tell you the same thing. Now I’m looking it up again because I feel like it’s gotten worse, and it sounds worse than before. I really hope maca can help me. 🙂

    • Hi Diana,
      Milk Thistle works more on the liver and Maca would work more with your hormones, so it would definitely be helpful. Maca helped me heaps to get onto my healing journey.

    • Calcium D-Glucarate, works on healing the liver, so I can’t see any harm in taking it with Maca. I wouldn’t advise taking it with any hormone specific supplements or on the contraceptive pill though.

  109. Hi Melissa,
    I was told to take Meca capsules as I have peri menopause symptoms (racing pulse, anxiety, spotting between periods to name a few) . I am on the Seasonique birth control pill, is it safe to take maca while on the pill?

    • Hi Tammy,
      I personally wouldn’t advise taking Maca with the birth control pill. I would consider going off the pill and then waiting a month and then taking it. Maca will try to regulate your hormones and the birth control pill doesn’t work with your natural hormones.

  110. I have endometriosis and am on the pill to help control it but I am low on estrogen and having severe insomnia and clammy skin. I don’t like the options that my gyn is giving me and would like to try maca. Do I need to get off the pill first?

  111. Hi Iam 45 years old and love to workout 4-5 times a week I love to drink protien shakes after a good workout or even as a meal replacement. I started to take the maca once aday and started to feela little pain here and there along with dizziness I knew right away it had tobe something in that protien shake that did not mix with the maca since then Iam really foucusing on all the ingredients in the protien shakes as they like to add alot of different kind of herbs

  112. Listen to your body when starting maca. Maca works great for some people, I’ve read some glowing reviews online, but I’ve also found a few that are like my experience. Maca is not for everyone. I don’t typically get menstrual cramps that are anything beyond just uncomfortable, and that’s usually only one day out my cycle, day 2, my heavy day. I started a meal replacement shake that contained a very large amount of maca,1000 mg of organic gelatinized maca, and started having HORRIBLE off the charts painful cramping four days out from even beginning my period. I was doubled over, having cold sweats, trouble breathing, ready to vomit… the pain was INTENSE. I suspected the meal replacement with maca was the only thing I had changed in my diet/lifestyle. I immediately stopped taking it. Next menstrual cycle rolled around and everything went fine and normal, some very mild cramping, one day only, to remind me my uterus was still there, but nothing too out of control. A few weeks later in the middle of my cycle I decided to try this meal replacement shake again that I had laying around and that I had dropped big money on. BIG mistake. This was the middle of my cycle. I had just ovulated, and the next day after taking this shake I had absolutely excruciating uterine cramping that was just like the worst menstrual cramps ever that I had experienced when taking the maca before. This time the pain was so intense I did vomit. I was ready to go to the emergency room, had I even been well enough at the time to move or breathe or get those words out… This time the doubling over and uterine contraction like pain lasted over an hour and caused my entire abdomen to convulse and cramp up and it took me a week to recover before I could even walk upright again because all my insides were so sore. Of course stopped taking the shake with maca, and my cycles have been fine and have not experienced that horrible pain since. Seems to me to be a connection… I am only thirty and perfectly healthy, living a “clean and organic lifestyle”.

    • Thank you for sharing. That sounds like a nasty experience. Can I ask what else was in the meal replacement? It might be that there were other ingredients that were in there that might have contributed or caused it to be so bad? I have heard bad experiences with Maca but never to that extreme.

  113. I’ve found much conflicting information about maca. As I’m trying to conceive, I research a variety of concerns frequently, maca root being a hot topic for me. Apparently, it’s a staple food in it’s area of origin; I’ve read mother’s introduce it into their daughters’ diets at around 3 years old. As it nourishes the related glands, their reproductive years generally extend well past US averages… A testament to its power, if that is a fact. Yet we are taking it as a supplement? Daily, as I have been taking it, creates a major problem for those of us who have know our bodies’ cycle(s) well: if you miss a day, it could affect ovulation, and thus menstruation. Falling pregnant takes timing a patience as it is. My body became so used to that daily dose that when I took the suggested maca break after 3 weeks, for the first time in over 20 years, I was two days late! It’s not a big deal overall, just a proof of its intensity. I appreciate you having pointed to making it random, just as if you were adding it as a side dish to a meal. I feel that I’ve created better health for myself in the past 3 months by taking maca (2tsp/day). But I also take whole food penatals, low dosage noni fruit powder, and chia seeds regularly, and try to eat mostly fresh fruits and veggies, good proteins, whole grains, nuts, and lots of berries. Even so, my monthly visitor is still very painful. I’m hoping that all this attention to detail will begin to kick in more over the next few months.

  114. Hi Melissa,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. It is really assisting me to help my daughter Mary. Can you tell me, if we can mix Maca with Butcher’s Broom? My daughter has POT Syndrome, and the Butcher’s Broom helps her a lot with her blood circulation and pooling – but she also has endo and I was hoping Maca might help her.

    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Regina,
      I am unfortunately not familiar with Butcher’s Broom. From what you describe it shouldn’t interfere. Maca focuses mainly on strengthening the hormone functions in the body, through the pituitary gland. You are wonderful mom to look after Mary 🙂

  115. Thank you so much for this blog. I have been dealing with hormonal imbalances for awhile now, causing awful side effects. I do not suffer from Endometriosis but found myself researching natural hormone balancers after a month of painful cysts. My body has also been regulating itself after I had to stop eating soy (because of an allergy…although it is a actually better for women to steer away from soy, especially if hormone fed breast cancer runs in the family…as it does in mine). I am also 23, so I am young for so many hormone issues. I found Maca, Vitex, and Black Cohosh and began researching their benefits and ways to take it. I tried asking my many doctors, but they only wanted to prescribe birth control and pain medication. 🙁 I experienced full body pain when taking them. It was like my bones were on fire. I chalked it up to my cysts and ignored it for weeks. The pain was so bad, I could barely function and did not know why?! I was always cold, sweating, tired…I slept all the time. I wanted to do nothing but eat. I gained about 5 pounds. I could not go to school or make appointments. Nothing took the pain away. After a few weeks, I stopped taking everything but the birth control and my anti-anxiety med and the pain stopped. I never put two and two together though. A few days ago I decided to start taking it again and the pain was almost instant. I typed in side effects of Maca and your blog popped up! I know better than to start taking things without a doctors approval, but you can just get so desperate from the pain sometimes and so tired of taking narcotics, that you try anything. I am going to cut down to just the Maca. You are right to promote the benefits of it, it truly does help so many people! Thank you so much for your hard work to helping as many people as possible. I wish you the best of luck in life!

    • Hi Susan,
      It is hard to self prescribe sometimes as there are many factors that cause such extreme pain. The only way to know for sure what it was is to cut out everything else and then try it. The pill and Maca probably don’t go well together as Maca stimulates progesterone production, which the pill will try and reduce. There might be a clash going on there! Also, vitex does very similar things to Maca – so I wouldn’t take both – pick one or the other.
      The pill is probably contributing to things too 🙂
      Thank you and I hope you find some answers on my blog.

  116. I just started taking Maca (the Femenessence MacaHarmony product) yesterday, after finding it discussed on a couple of PCOS blogs. I suffer from hidradenitis suppurativa, and found the hormone balancing (i.e., fix my crazy androgens that trigger HS flareups) claims to be very intriguing. I’m also at the beginning of perimenopause, and had an endometrial ablation three years ago to deal with heavy periods. Boy, if I knew then what I know now. 🙂 I’ve been on Yaz for three years to control the HS flareups but went off the pill yesterday. We’ll see how it goes.

    Anyway, I was very happy to run across this post as for the past couple of months I’ve been taking a super-mega-women’s vitamin that includes evening primrose oil, black cohosh, etc. I’ve only been on the maca for two days so I haven’t had too much time to feel any negative backlash from the combination, but I’m going to go back to the regular multivitamins starting tomorrow.

    As an aside…I went to my GYN two days ago to discuss my hormone issues and she actually recommended antidepressants and a “good therapist”. When I told her that’s what was recommended to my mom 25 years ago and I was disappointed nothing had changed in the world of gynecology since then, she was a little miffed. I came home, got in a good cry, and then got on my computer to figure out what my other options are. I’m so happy to see there ARE other options.


    • Hi Stacy! I am super impressed that you realised how much control you actually have over your health! Wow! How silly anti-depressants!
      Maca is great for the depression side too! I found it helped me heaps with the moodiness and irritability side.
      I am discovering that the real key to all of this is to get our hormones back in balance through the liver. If we can flush out the toxins out of our bodies, then we can heal much easier. Also, check out your thyroid.
      All the best and I hope you keep reading cos there is so much on here now 🙂

  117. I’d like to chime in for the guys if that’s okay.
    I started having really low energy levels and feeling lethargic on a daily basis, mentally and physically. The worst part is what the Taoists call monkey brain. This is where your mind just won’t shut up as if it were another entity outside of your own control. I had been taking hormone shots for low testosterone in the past but stopped because it did not seem to help. More and more over the last 5 years this got worse, and I resisted to do anything, it was a struggle to leave the house and I used to be a real go getter. So three days ago a sales man at the local health food store talked me into buying some Maca Root, specifically a brand called Revolution for men. I’m a real cynic (another side effect of my mood) so I expected it not to work, but I was getting desperate and considering asking for some ADD drugs. In 20 minutes I turned 180 degrees. Moodiness gone, Monkey brain gone and a relaxed feeling of wellbeing. Next morning I went running. It’s day 4 now I have not felt this good in 10 years. I hope it continues. I take 2250mg a day and in 45 days I am supposed to stop for one week then restart. I’m sure not everyone will have such a dramatic effect, but for me (so far) this is a miracle drug.

    • Hi Mark! That is truly amazing! I can’t believe it worked that quickly! Mine took months to show effects and it only elevated my mood slightly. Are you sure it was Maca? ha ha!
      Another great one for “over chatting brain syndrome” is meditation and Yoga. I find the balance poses in Yoga are fabulous for those days when I am overthinking 🙂

  118. I took maca without taking any type of hormone-altering supplement or medication, no phytoestrogens, no adaptogens, and I was even eating closer to a vegetarian diet (ie. doing everything “right”). It made things get a lot worse as far as endo was concerned. I didn’t realize it could have been the maca until I came across information in a book called ‘Sexy Hormones’ by Lorna Vanderhaeghe and Dr. Alvin Pettle that the maca could be causing the increased symptoms. I stay away from that stuff now :\

    • Thanks for sharing Amanda. Maybe we should know that it doesn’t work for everyone and if we experience worse symptoms, to just not use it, rather than keep hoping it will improve 🙂

    • I had the same experience, Amanda. But DIM + milk thistle seems to be working much better for me. I should be having terrible PMS right now, but I feel totally normal.

  119. oh my Gosh! I have been taking maca as well as vitex for a long time! which do i let go of? i need to talk to my herbalist!!!! uhhh oh!!!!

    • I would drop the Vitex. It has Phytoestrogenic effects, where as Maca seems to be okay on that front. Definitely check with your herbalist though 🙂

  120. I read your article on Maca root about 8 months ago. I tried it along with DIM. The DIM caused me to have severe migraines. So I only took it twice. But the Maca root has done wonders. So much so, that I can tell a difference when I don’t take it. The lady who helped me at the health food store suffers from Endo too and also recommended Red Raspberry Leaves for when I am experiencing the occasional symptoms. I don’t take it very often but it does seem to help. Thanks for writing your blog! It is so helpful.

    • Hi Tim,
      It really depends on what sort you bought. If you bought capsules, it varies again as they each have different dosages. It usually tells you on the bottle though 🙂 I use about a tablespoon a day in my smoothy.

    • Hi Melissa!

      Thank you for the quick reply. I have the powder form of Maca, and it says: 1-3 teaspoons a day.

      I take 1-2 teaspoons a day and has not seen any result yet.

      Anyway, I should be have more patience. 🙂

      Have a nice day!

      • Hi Timi,

        It does take a while to build up in the body – they say up to 6months. I notice it more instantly than that 🙂

  121. hello girls and melissa,

    that is very interesting. I have recently been getting more sharp pain and soreness with moving, it has been a few years now since my laparoscopy and i do not wish to have another one at all. i have been taking maca for a few months and was doing fine, maybe just felt a bit more sexual at the time. then i ran out and stopped, after a while i started to get more achey, i recently just started chinese herbs and another herb medicine (with chasteberry in it) and am experiencing the pain almost daily now. havent mixed it too much with maca (as i restocked and i was excited to be back on maca) but will probably try to stop until i stop the chinese herbs.
    I thought chinese medicine was great for endometriosis? how come i feel terrible? other factors to consider would be that i have been under work related pressures/stress and physical exhaustion as well as relationship stresses. so i dont blame maca, theres many things to consider i guess. Just feel out of balance and anxious about the pain. its hard to deal with this alone, and havent had to for a few months now. im also on the pill, as i said last time, however plan to stop that in a few days at the end of the period. Yay. hope so much i will feel better. it is really good to know not to mix them. Thanks

  122. Hello Melissa,
    I just happened to come across your website while searching for help for a cousin. Take a look at the Weston A. Price Foundation’s website. They have a lot of information about nutrition, nutrient dense foods, healing. There are many foundation chapters all over the world where people help people to regain their health. Our chapter has a lot of members, who cured themselves from various illnesses by changing their diet and following the wisdom of ancient cultures. The website allows you to search for a local chapter. And maybe you will find just a little tiny bit, which could be useful to you.

    Elke from California

  123. I can’t take it either… I have horrible pain from Maca almost like something crazy is happening in my stomach. I had bad pain and i stopped taking Maca and the pain stopped. So girls please be careful with Maca… I would listen to your body… I am currently taking Vitalyzm and I feel good I am taking 1 pill a day i use to take 3 a day and I started getting pimples and feeling lousy. So 1 a day for me right now…

    Stay safe

  124. I have been taking maca for about 4 months and my pain has really reduced. This could be due to any number of things I have been doing, but it certainly hasn’t given me any problems 🙂 I do take evening primrose oil daily, and although that hasn’t appeared to be a problem maybe I should reconsider combining maca with anything hormone-related. Tricky! But regardless, maca is a great superfood (I actually love the taste if it)!

      • I don’t think it would. It is not a phytoestrogen, so that should be fine 🙂 I found Evening Primrose Oil does have phytoestrogens in it – maybe use a fish oil high in Omega 3 Instead 🙂

  125. Hi Melissa,

    I googled Macca Root (in Hebrew) and found some Macca products for women.

    In one of them there is a clear warning NOT to take it in cases of hormonal cancer and Endometriosis!

    It seems to me that Macca is a bit controversial…

  126. Hi Mel.

    I started taking it about 5-6 months ago. First I heard about maca here and bought some, only taking it when I remembered. My Naturopath recommended I take it everyday. I was not taking any other supplements except fish oil and magnesium and I experienced the worst estrogen dominance ever after 2 months on it. I had terrible insomnia and PMS, and lost my sex drive. Scary stuff! I dropped it. My acupuncturist said that maca boosts the endocrine system and mine was probably doing just fine, without it.

    • Hi Jaye, That is really interesting. I haven’t heard of this reaction. Were you taking chinese medicine at the time? They also say those don’t combine well with Maca.

    • No chinese medicine at the time – just maca, fish oil, and magnesium. I still take fish oil and Mg without those side effects.

  127. well as I told you, when I started taking Maca, I took it and DIM at the same time which maybe that was wrong. Got major pain like I hadn’t had in months and that scared me so much!! I took Maca again by itself for a short time, but just didn’t feel like it was time for me to take it for some reason so I stopped again. I was thinking about trying it again and see what happens this time. 🙂

    • Hi Annabelle! So cool that you are commenting again 🙂 You were part of the reason I figured out there was something I needed to explore more about Maca. I only ever took Maca on it’s own. I did try Maca with DIM for a short time and did notice it also made me sore – good to know and I guess we have to all be Guinea Pigs at some point. Sorry you had to be one for us and that it wasn’t just me 🙂
      Definitely try it on it’s own! It is fabulous!

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