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Hi, I saw a very old discussion about this but I'm still super confused. Maca and Chasteberry are supposed to balance hormones but some say they can actually increase hormone levels and cause issues if you have fibroids etc. I'm in perimenopause and have very low progesterone and my fibroid has had a crazy growth spurt the last 2 years from 8 to nearly 12cm. However, even though my progesterone is low, when an arrogant, overpriced, idiot naturopath gave me natural compounded progesterone, telling me it would shrink the fibroid and solve everything, it actually made the fibroid grow another cm in just a few weeks and made me gain a ton of weight in my middle and breasts that I still can't lose nearly a year later. So it seems like there is no simple way to balance hormones. Even my OBGYN said that, women's hormones aren't simple math, esp pre-menopause. I'm debating surgery after trying tons of other things as it's still growing and doctors say it's possible I won't hit real menopause for several years. Also I've heard large fibroids often don't shrink enough during menopause, esp if you use HRT. So to shrink the fibroid I've tried -- vegan diet (DIET DOES NOT CAUSE THIS, I have always eaten paleo and grain free for decades, so sick of diet-shaming people claiming diet cures all, assuming you weren't already eating healthy and that there aren't plenty of people who eat garbage and have no health or gyn issues), acupuncture/herbs, castor oil packs tho not super regularly, green tea pills (800mg daily for over a year). The only thing that helped a bit was ulipristal (shrunk it a couple cm) but then the fibroid grew back in a month and I had terrible side effects while on the pill due to my already low progesterone and age. Don't want embolization as have seen recent studies that say beads can actually move inside you, and don't stay put as promised. And Acessa seems like an overpriced scam that doesn't work for larger fibroids due to real patient reports. No great options for women, really. So wondering if anyone has tried either Maca or Chasteberry for a large fibroid, NOT tiny ones. Or found any other non-surgical help. My doctor is pushing for open surgery and I really want non-invasive as I'm alone and can't take all that time off work. Plus surgery just sounds bad for you and there's always the risk of losing organs when female organs are NOT valued in older women. It's like oh you can't have babies, you're not using this, let me just toss it in the trash for you. Thanks!
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