One of the first things our gynecologists and GPs suggest to reduce the effects of endometriosis is to take a hormonal treatment. The reason for this is that endometriosis cells will grow and develop further with an excess of estrogen in the body. Many women with endometriosis suffer from too much estrogen—commonly called estrogen dominance. By choosing a hormonal treatment, we can essentially keep the condition under control or at least reduce it from spreading further in the body.
Unfortunately, the choices we are often presented by gynecologists and GPs are made-up synthetic hormones. This means, they are not natural or recognizable to our bodies and this creates a counteractive effect on our long-term healing goals with endometriosis. They interfere with all our hormones, including the thyroid and also alter the natural bacteria or flora in our gut. You can read more about the effects of synthetic hormonal treatments here.
There is a better choice!
We can choose to use natural hormonal treatments, which focus on leveling out or balancing the estrogen dominance scenario within our bodies. Note: It is important to establish if you have indeed got estrogen dominance as many women with endometriosis also have different hormonal imbalances, and though statistically we are more likely to suffer from estrogen dominance, it is not always the case!
Progesterone levels out estrogen. So, if we have too much estrogen, we can simply take more progesterone and it will create a normal balance again.
There are two main methods we can use to level out the progesterone/estrogen imbalance:
1. Progesterone Cream
With a very small amount applied each day over a period of time, we can gain a natural balance within the body. Many women make the mistake of taking too much over a short time. In combination, your diet and exercise program will also help level out the hormones naturally. I recommend Natpro as the best natural progesterone cream. It contains pure progesterone and also heaps of vitamin E, which guarantees its quality. You can order it here.
2. Herbal Supplements
I would recommend maca as my first choice. This natural plant found in the mountains of Peru is fabulous at regulating hormones. It regulates the thyroid gland at the same time as our other hormones and provides the body with heaps of other benefits. Check out my video about maca here.
The other herbal remedy is Vitex or chasteberry. It is a progesterone stimulating herb.
With either option, I do recommend initially starting with a very low dose. You want the body to not just adjust to the hormone but also be open and ready to absorb it. With herbal supplements, we want to vary the days and times within the day that we take it too. The receptor sites within the body get too used to something, if it comes at the same time each morning. Vary when you take it and how. I personally used maca in both the powder form for smoothies and also as supplements and sometimes took it in the morning and other times in the evening.
I noticed an instant improvement with my moodiness, PMS symptoms and headaches!
An important point about using progesterones for endometriosis:
Our hormones are only a symptom of the true imbalance that exists with endometriosis. Though these methods will alleviate a heap of symptoms that we experience with endometriosis, they cannot ever resolve the condition. We are merely dealing with the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. We need to get to the source of why that hormonal imbalance has occurred in the first place.
Those answers are all in my new eBook… so please download a copy.
There is however, a massive relief that happens when you use these treatments. You will have more energy, feel more positive and your healing journey will feel possible, which is such a huge part of the journey!
If you have tried progesterones and had success with them, feel free to share. If you have further questions on how they work or anything you are not sure of, feel free to ask.
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I had the lower back pain… only to get a diagnosis of endo creeping into my back muscle. Not sciatic. My boston surgeon put me on low dose of progesterone 5 mg because I couldn’t tolerate 10 mg without severe swelling. The pain has gone away. So did my cycle. In feb my cycle came back for a spring cleaning… and I’m thinking of stopping the progesterone for a couple months… its about management. Not being someone elses normal. Living with endo for years. This is the Best I’ve felt yet. Thank you for your site here. Chfb
We are all different but definitely the 2 weeks leading up to your monthly 🙂
Thank you for the advice. This has truly helped to regulate my period and cause less pain. I am still working to get it more regulated though.
What day do you recommend starting the natural progesterone and ending it? If I take it on day 10 it is too early and if I take it starting day 6 it is too late and I get more pain before my period.
I am sorry to hear of your struggles. I don’t have any personal experience with sciatic symptoms but you could try Magnesium Oil as a topical treatment. Another method would be to use a Castor Oil pack on the area on a daily basis. How to make a castor oil pack.
Hi Melissa, I have used natural progesterone cream at times over the 17 years I’ve had Endo. I used to take 20mg a day, but have found 80mg a day(very high dose) over a few months then reducing it to 20mg a day after that, works faster when you’re desperate. Apart from trying to keep a healthy lifestyle it has been the only treatment I’ve used, I’ve never had surgery. The progesterone has given me some good symptom free years, but once I stop taking it the Endo comes back.
I have a question you may be able to help me with. This year the Endo came back with a vengeance, and has inflamed the sciatic nerve at the base of my spine causing lots of leg and hip pain. I’m looking for some sort of natural treatment to give some relief and wondered if anyone has experience with curing sciatic symptoms caused by endo?.
Kind regards, Magda.
Hi Becc Lord, Should be fairly instant. If it didn’t work, you might need to try again. 🙂 thanks
It should come through immediately. Maybe try again:)
Hi Cure-Endometriosis I found your website through a google search and have signed up for the email list but havent seen anything come through? How long normally does it take?
Really excited to improve my endo journey through nutirition…
I would stick with one or the other, more to make sure we don’t overdo it. Also, sometimes Maca doesn’t agree with some girls. I started off with just one capsule and then ended up with up to 2 tablespoon in my smoothie each day 🙂
I’ve started taking Maca a month ago, after I had my second period since being off the bc pill. With that period I had a very bad case of PMS and I felt very hormonal. So I’ve started taking Maca and it really helps! I feel more stable and my 3rd period was less painful than the previous ones, with no PMS. I also feel it’s good for my energy levels and even my libido. I’m definetely in for Maca!
This is so helpful, Melissa! How much Maca do you take? I have 525mg capsules, and wondering what the best amount is. And you recommend taking either progesterone cream or Maca, not both? Thanks!