Maca Root and fibroids

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Hi Ladies!

Have any of you taken Maca root while having fibroids and have you found it to be effective? I keep hearing conflicting views on the subject matter. Some women have reported taking it and it made their fibroids shrink while some reports indicate that Maca behaves like estrogen and should be avoided if you have fibroids. Any thoughts?

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    Hi, I bought it but haven't started using it yet. But you say make sense; I guess it may feed the fibroids by having oestrogen in it. But I am not medical-I too have a fibroid. It will be good to find out if there is a medical research/result.
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    oestrogen is food to fibroids, so during peri when your bodyproduces large amounts of oestrogen your fibroids tend to grow as a result, then when your post and your down on your oestrogen they shrink back.   I have 3 fibroids, 1 continued growing during peri, unfortunately it became so big it became necrotic and made me very ill, thankfully it settled back without me needing a hysterectomy,  in the hope of shrinking it myself i tried castor oil which, i think is only available online nowadays, and you put it on cloth and let it soak onto your womb, i also tried a linctus called chaste berry, which is supposed to shrink fibroids, taste foul, but my fibroid shrank, hasnt gone completely yet though, but now im post my oestrogen should be falling so, at least it wont grow anymore, whether  the therapies i used did it i cant say,  but dont take anything that mimics oestrogen as thats the hormone that is food to fibroids.
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      I thought chaste berry also behaved like estrogen. I have found so much conflicting information about what you can take when you have fibroids. I was told by a doctor and holistic nurse that I can take black cohosh and wild yam extract but then I read online that they act like estrogen in the body and should not be taken if you have fibroids I didn't bother with them. I don't know what to do.
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      Can understand you reading that, think it does depend on how up to date what you have read up on is, However, during peri we get a low on our progesterone which affects our cycles and thats why we get period changes, that low progesterone then makes it look like we have too much oestrogen so the idea is, chaste berry raises progesterone giving the balance to the oestrogen without actually making oestrogen rise more, so  obviously if it did do this, it would then make things worse for the fibroids, and i suspect, if someone developed breast cancer due to high oestrogen levels during peri and you tested positive for receptor cells in your breast, or, cervical you may not be allowed chaste berry maybe more as a precaution, but chaste berry is supposed to balance our cycles, and stop hormone fluctuations, so, if you have higher oestrogen our fibroids will grow, when its balanced it shouldnt, and when were post oestrogen does drop, so they shrink on their own in the majority of women, it is up to you, i only took chaste berry for a short time, and that was because the fibroid had stopped dying and shrank, debatable whether it was the chaste berry, or, castor oil dont think i took either for long enough to do it if im honest, herbs can be as dangerous to take as prescribed drugs, so your right to be cautious, it also depends on what stage of peri your in as well
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      Thank you for your feedback. Yes I am cautious. If I don't like the way something is making me feel, I discontinue it immediately. I'm very sensitive to changes in my body. I just read somewhere that blackstrap molasses and warm milk help shrink them also. Just an FYI.
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      Hi Elaine. 

      You seems to know a lot about peri. So estrogen definitely fluctuates but more dominant RISES during peri?

      causing shorter cycles and heavier periods?

      I might have to go back on chaste berry I wonder?...

      To original poster I too heard maca can aggravate fibroids and cysts hence why I never relied on trying it for hormone balance..

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      Ellacraig.........I am post now no period for a year, but when i was peri, and my fibroid became necrotic i learnt a lot from my specialists then on, how it works, you are dominant in oestrogen during peri, and hormones definatly fluctuate more so during this time, however, its progesterone that we become low on during peri, and im sure its this hormone that causes the period changes, it depends which area produces the hormones, we get hormones from two areas maybe more im not sure, but i know for sure, one is the brain, and one is ovaries, and one of these areas provides hormones that say how long were on for, and the other one actually kick starts it all happening, but not sure which area does what, but when the ovaries shrivel thats when we get a drop in some, making it look like we have more oestrogen so, there is an imbalance but, because the brain knows we should have periods it sends out more and more hormones to try and stop  this from happening, so there is a fight going on so to speak, and its because the brain knows we should have a period, and thats when we get flooded with hormones, in particular oestrogen, and this is why my fibroid grew rapidly during early peri and its a common occurence, but i dont know about how hormones affect cycsts,  but because of these fluctuations,  blood tests for menopause are unreliable during peri. and that is why drs are not happy prescribing HRT for someone in peri because you m ay not really need them at this time, however, if your progesterone is on the floor during peri, then they would give your progesterone patches for this, because eventhough high levels of oestrogen can cause cancer, so can very low levels of progesterone, it happened to my sister as a result of peri, and my neighbour, my sister was put on Tamoxifen due to oestrogen cancer during peri, and my neighbour was put on pogesterone patches in early peri because her breast cancer was caused by low progesterone, its all about balance.

      If im honest, i was more happy seeing a homeopathist for my menopause because its watered down more, you get no side affects but it does take longer to work, but doesnt work for everyone, vitamins, and minerals i will also take, along with trying to keep my electrolytes, sugars, etc balanced as peri affects all our systems and thats why you get some symptoms one day and some the next, i also did it wth lots and lots of lifestyle changes, but, my advice would be, where herbal remedies are concerned during peri with all the conflicting reading on the webs, and because Sharcerv has read different from me, and that has confused me, so, get advice from your dr, then again, you have to hope your dr is up to date with their reading as well. its a minefield ellacraig.

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      That's why I'm grateful for this forum because with all the conflicting information out there it's good to have real women share their experiences about what may work and what may not. A lot of these reports are written by doctors and we all know that the majority of them don't have a clue!
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      Sharcerv...................hahahaha yes totally agree, i think you have to start being suspicious about their being so much conflicting documents on certain meds, is it to purposely try and put us off, in favour of getting other meds because otherwise big drug companies would go out of business, and thats why some people believe Statins are pushed more by drs, did you know the statistics for statins are, 1 out 100 people are helped by them with lowering cholesterol, but, 3 out 100 develop Diabetes and permanent joint and muscle problems as a result of side affects after taking them, which, happened to my friend, but drs wont tell you that, because for ever script they write, they recieve money from the drug company that makes statins, so, puts money into their practices!! it makes you think doesnt it, all you need to do for cholesterol is follow a good diet, unless its extremely high, which is what some researches advise now, but drs wont, i wonder why, how can research into herbal remedies be so out of touch with one another, one web says one thing, and the next disputes it.............ha you just dont know what to believe do you, makes your head spin.  
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      Sharcerv............thats a good tip to know thanks for that, get lots of different things to try and this forum, we can only try and see if it helps us cant we im confident some will...............yes i am the same sensitive to meds,so, also stop something if i get any symptoms i dont like, i was given ablood thinning tablet a month ago, only took one really didnt like how heavy it made my body feel, suffer with low bp, pretty sure thats what it had done didnt like it so stopped taking it.
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      Sometimes we have to be our own doctor. Our bodies talk to us and we have to be good at listening because honestly I believe these doctors are just taking wild stabs in the dark when it comes to helping us.
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    Hi Sharcev, I had a fribroid when I was 50 it was hanging like stalk but I had it out I think that was best way for me, my mum and my Aunt had them like grapefruit and had to have hysterectomy, but lucky for me it was small one caught it in time, I hope you find something soon to shrink yours.
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