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A warning about taking Maca Root Powder!

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 girls email me and describe that they had experienced worse pain after going on Maca Root. I found this incredibly hard because Maca 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 girls harm – which is so not what this is blog is about!

So, my research 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 Maca Root, please read this article I did on it a while ago.

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 Oestrogen 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 it all and lets the body determine what it needs and in what quantities.

This is where the problem steps in…..

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

 

Why is this?

Well, phytoestrogens create more Oestrogens in the body. The Maca only regulates what is supposed to be there and gets the body to produce it’s own when there is too little of one or the other.

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

So, at the end of it all, we shouldn’t combine Maca with ANYTHING hormone related. This includes any phytoestrogens, progesterone creams, DIM and even Evening Primrose Oil.

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

The Chinese herbal pharmacopeia contains many such herbs and they do not generally combine well with maca root.

 

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

Did you have an adverse reaction from Maca? Were you taking Phytoestrogens at the time? Would love to hear your experiences :)

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES AND UPDATES:

I have more recently discovered that Maca is more progesterone encouraging 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 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 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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About Melissa:

Melissa is a Writer, Speaker and Natural Medicine Consultant for Women with Endometriosis. After having suffered with Endometriosis for over 15years, she now lives a completely pain & symptom free life. 

She believes that all women with Endometriosis should be given the same opportunity and has shared her knowledge to truly Empower Women with Endometriosis.

191 Responses to A warning about taking Maca Root Powder!

  1. […] 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. […]

  2. 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,
    Kim

    • 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.

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

  4. 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??

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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 ;)

  14. 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.
    Thanks

    • 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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. :-)

  19. 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.

  20. 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 :)

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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,
    Anya

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!!!

  28. 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.

  29. 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 :)

      Hugs

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. 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!

  34. 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
    LUlu

    • 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
      Lulu

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. 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?

  38. 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?

  39. 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 :)
    Cheers
    Lulu

    • 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.foodhealingjourney.com :)

  40. 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 :)

  41. 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. :)

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