One of the king things that we probably know by now is that Endometriosis can and usually does create a hormone imbalance, more commonly called estrogen dominance. Essentially, we have too much estrogen in our bodies and this excess can cause the existing cysts to proliferate further and make Endometriosis far worse than it needs to be. My gynecologist used to actually say that if we could cut the production of hormones, that the Endometriosis cysts would simply shrivel up because they would no longer have the estrogen to “feed” it. I have since come across many women with Endometriosis who don’t actually display this estrogen dominant characteristic, but since most of us do have it, myself included, I thought I would explore some natural alternatives to deal with it.
If you are unfamiliar with estrogen dominance, I will just explain briefly that estrogen and progesterone work in a see-saw relationship. To elevate one means the other will be down. So, if we have estrogen dominance, we are not just too high on estrogen but chances are we are too low on progesterone. By bringing down the estrogen and increasing the progesterone, we should find ourselves in that wonderful medium range, like you do with a see-saw.
A few months back I tried some progesterone cream. It was a completely natural brand and because I had heard some women experiencing some wonderful results with it, I was quite keen to try it. Initially, I found it really good. It lightened my mood and I became less anxious. However, over time I actually found the opposite to be true. I felt more anxious, tense and somehow like I wanted to break out of my own skin. I have heard that progesterone creams can actually react in a negative way in some women. What can happen is that the body actually converts the progesterone back into estrogens. There is also a real danger in simply taking too much progesterone cream. I know, the mentality of many of us is “more must be better” but I think with progesterone cream there can be a real danger with it.
I personally am simply not a fan of taking any singular element of anything to achieve a result. For instance, I don’t like taking a singular supplement like Selenium or Iodine or Zinc. I prefer to find a food that contains heaps of these trace elements and absorb it that way. The reason is quite simple really… nature has provided us with the whole foods, which contain ALL the nutrients and trace elements to then be able to absorb the very things we want. For instance, the body can’t actually absorb iodine if it doesn’t have Selenium and it can’t absorb Vitamin D without Calcium etc. There are more and more of these realizations when it comes to nutrients and trace elements. So, with that theory in mind, I also don’t like the idea of taking a pure progesterone cream either. It feels like nature has not provided us with it in this form, so there must be other elements missing.
I have recently discovered for instance that by drinking Passionflower tea, we can prevent that estrogen/progesterone conversion happening!
Okay, so you are wondering what this new replacement for progesterone cream could possibly be?
It is a tea which I discovered purely by accident. It is called Damiana tea. I found it on a site where I buy a whole bunch of my superfoods from and because it said it stimulated sexual arousal (never a bad thing!) I thought I would look into it. Upon researching it further, it appears that it stimulates progesterone in the body.
One study suggests that damiana may have plant compounds with effects similar to those of progesterone. Over 150 herbs were tested for their ability to bind with estrogen and progesterone receptors in breast cancer cells and found that the damiana was among the six highest progesterone-binding herbs and spices.
I ordered some last month and have been drinking it regularly. It tastes really nice when you drink it cold and so I have had it as a cooling summer drink. It is slightly sweet so it is super easy to drink. Well, I can tell you that it definitely seems to be doing something!
Here are some of the benefits I have personally experienced from it:
- Have felt less anxious and have been sleeping better
- Yes, my sex drive has improved
- It seems to have reduced the IC (Interstitial Cystitis) symptoms in my bladder
Research also suggests that t it helps digestion and any bronchial-related conditions such as asthma or sinus issues.
Well, so far I am a fan. I have to say that I really enjoy drinking it and it doesn’t seem to have any extreme reactions as I experienced with the progesterone cream.
Time will tell and I will report back if I experience any negative reactions.
I would love to know what your experiences have been. Have you tried progesterone cream and had a negative reaction or a positive one? Have you tried Damiana tea and what did you experience? Also, feel free to ask me any questions about it.