What You Need to Know about Taking Red Clover for Endometriosis!

What You Need to Know about Taking Red Clover for Endometriosis!

It is easy to start to believe that Red Clover could be a miracle cure for endometriosis. Read most websites about it and they will sell you on the benefits of it. That it regulates women’s hormones and reduce excess estrogen in the body. I was pretty convinced at first 🙂

How does it work? Essentially the claim is that endometriosis is caused by excess estrogen in the body. Now, this can be because we have too much natural estrogens and xenoestrogens (environmental) in our body or it could be that we have a lack of progesterone. Progesterone is responsible for lowering our estrogen and if we don’t have enough of it, this can also cause an imbalance, of potential estrogen dominance. I am still not convinced that all of us with endometriosis have estrogen dominance.

Anyways, so the idea is that by taking a phytoestrogen, which is totally plant based, is to fool the body into flushing out the excess estrogen with phytoestrogens. See, the body has these receptors that essentially fill up with estrogens. By filling up the receptors with plant based phytoestrogens, we fool the body into thinking that these are estrogens and it flushes out the excess. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case.

Here is what I discovered by searching a little deeper:

  • Phytoestrogens suppress the bodies natural ability to detoxify. This is slightly contradictory to what we are trying to achieve. Let me explain… The reason we have endometriosis is because of excess toxins in the body. We place more strain on the liver because of these toxins. The liver regulates our hormones which are therefore out of balance. So, takings supplements that reduce our ability to flush out toxins seems contradictory to our end goal. (feel free to read that one again)
  • Dr. Peat (a leader in hormonal study) describes them as “The phytoestrogens pose a risk to the breast, uterus, the liver, colon and pancreas, which isn’t surprising, since estrogen is known to be carcinogenic for every tissue.” Wow! Cancer causing! That is scary!
  • Can actually CAUSE hormonal problems. This makes total sense as we could be potentially flooding our bodies with too much estrogen, be it estrogen or phytoestrogen. Check this website out.
  • The effects of the sheep in Western Australia. These poor sheep suffered from miscarriages and all sorts of hormonal based issues by eating clover. It is believed that the phytoestrogenic properties contained within these cloves was the root of the problem. Check out this document on the sheep in Australia. Admittably, this is a different form of clover but it is ultimately the estrogenic effects which caused the problems. Risky in my opinion.
  • Phytoestrogens depress our thyroid function. Once again this is contradictory to what we are trying to achieve. Our thyroid controls our hormones and we want this one working well 🙂
So, as you can see, we shouldn’t believe all the sales gimmicks out there or heaps of information out there, which just lumps all “female conditions” with endometriosis. This is very dangerous and hormones are very delicate. We want to allow the body to regulate its hormones on its own as much as possible. This means focusing on cleaning out toxins, healing the liver and reducing our stress levels.
There are heaps of other phytoestrogens on the market which are often recommended to heal endometriosis. You may recognise them: Dong Quai, Soy Products, Black Cohosh, Ginseng, Coumestrol, Anise, Vitex/Chasteberry etc. Please recognize the dangers here – hormones are incredibly delicate and incredibly hard to regulate without working on the root cause of the imbalance.
Detoxification and focusing on the liver is a much safer and easier method of reducing hormonal imbalance.
Do you have experience with Red Clover? What did you find? Would love to hear your thoughts!

 

Big hugs,

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  1. Have deeply infiltrated endometriosis involving the sigmoid colon. I was ignored by my initial gynecologist who had me on multiple birth control & wanted to inplant a mirena which I declined. He later apologized when I reached a critical state. In summary, this resulted in a temporary ileostomy and more than a few surgeries. Oral contraceptives gave me adverse side effects. I desperately tried another birth control all to no avail. I had a hysterectomy (removing the uterus) & later removing the fallopian tubes and one and a partial ovary (due to adhesions and being fused with bowel & an atery this remnant was left). Now the disease has attacked the presacral region & causing debilitating pudendal neuralgia & affected one entire lower limb. Pain is unbearable & halts daily functioning. New Dr. who performed 3 of mu surgeries suggested & prescribed DANAZOL SUPPOSITORIES. Any info on dnazol in suppositories will be greatly appreciated!!! There is not much info or reviews on the suppository form. Please help. I’m being referred to a neurologist. I eat a vegetarian diet & uae coconut milk. I’m in excruciating pain. Any advice will be accepted. I did acupuncture & recently commenced it again.
    ~Respectfully~

  2. I have severe endo. Have tried everything from natural remedies to chemical medication. Could not get Good results!!

  3. Vitex isn’t increasing estrogen. It favours progesterone so it’s safe for endo patients. I got pregnant with vitex, having endo stage 2 and was recommended ivf. So not all of the listed herbs and teas here are estrogen increasing! Just do your research properly. But i agree as endo patient you want to avoid anything that has phytoestrogens, this includes foods especially soy products as well as cosmetics and plastics. Important us no dairy, red meat, no soy, no caffeine, no sugar. Instead of soy milk or cow milk use almond milk for example. And use soy free natural cosmetic. Best is to make it yourself.

  4. I’m confused – I take flax oil everyday and it gets rid of my PMT completely, without it is much worse, but it’s a phytoestrogen so sounds dangerous?? I have mild Endo and on the other hand it doesn’t get rid of my heavy painful menstrual issues, and I also have celiac and thyroid issues so should I avoid it in case it’s causing other problems? I’m going to try Maca and have begun Calcium D Glucarate, but have a sensitivity to many supplements.

  5. Last September I had a total hysterectomy due to endometriosis. I’m 36 and had 6 previous surgeries to remove the endo. The hysterectomy helped with my ultra extreme back pain but other than that a good bit of my pain has come back since having the surgery. First, my doc prescribed me estrogen and progesterone but my pain increased so he took me off them. So then he suggested I try taking soy, red clover, and/or black cohosh. For the first couple of weeks taking these I was a little bit better but after that my pain starting to increase again. Do you know whether red clover can cause pain?

    • Hi Teresa,

      It could be the combination of all of them 🙂 They are all highly estrogenic. i would definitely reconsider all of them as they will create a hormonal imbalance. Maybe try Maca Root Powder instead.

  6. Thanks a lot Melissa, your blog has helped me a lot with my endo. But just recently I am feeling some pain in my breast, to be more precise, its my nipples which is paining, please suggest me some solutions and also lately I feel very tired. hope to hear from you soon.

    • I have read that Calendula oil can help with this. Feeling tired is a sign that your body is not coping and dealing with an overload of toxins in the body. Get onto a good detox and stick to the endo diet and you will feel heaps better Sangeeta 🙂

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