PMS Remedy: Evening Primrose Oil

pms-remedy-evening-primrose-oilWhen looking to alleviate your PMS symptoms, you will find a plethora of pharmaceutical and natural remedies that promise to help ease the discomfort. From hormone pills to acupuncture, from natural herb and plant supplements to yoga and meditation, experts and laypeople alike, have been searching for a PMS cure for years, looking into every possible health modality. In the process they have come up with some very interesting results, including truly effective remedies, some not so effective, and some that are completely ridiculous by today’s standards.

Nature vs. Chemistry

Most of us when confronted with the need to take medication find ourselves in the face of a modern-day dilemma: Should we go for a chemical pharmaceutical solution or should we try something natural? What we seem to forget is that even chemical solutions come from natural ingredients or from chemicals mimicking the properties of particular natural ingredients like plants and herbs. Therefore, we should base our choice on effectiveness and on what remedy has less side-effects.

For the purposes of this article we are going to start with the presentation of a very common natural remedy.

Evening Primrose Oil

Anyone who has looked into natural remedies for PMS has probably stumbled on this one. Evening Primrose Oil is one of the most commonly prescribed and recommended remedies, even by traditional doctors. The oil comes from the seed of the flower, and it is among other things a mild sedative. Evening Primrose is a yellow wildflower that comes from the Onagraceae family, (more commonly known as the Willow herb family), and not the Primrose family of flowers, as its name suggests.

The Benefits

Evening Primrose Oil is used to regulate menstruation in cases where bleeding doesn’t always happen every month, or when the cycle is not stable. It adjusts the hormonal fluctuations during the cycle providing a steadier emotional balance and a more relaxed mood. It also diminishes the symptoms of PMS and dysmenorrhea (painful periods). Specifically, Evening Primrose Oil can be used during the whole month in order to help with the following PMS symptoms:

Headaches and Migraines
Emotional Sensitivity

Bloating

Insomnia

Abdominal Pain

Breast Tenderness

Cravings

Though not a PMS related benefit, it’s worth mentioning that Evening Primrose Oil can give radiant skin and increased skin elasticity! My favorite is Burt's Bees Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum with Pomegranate, Borage & Evening Primrose Oils.

Ways to Use

You can use the Evening Primrose oil in the capsule form, or the Evening Primrose Oil in the liquid form, which can be used in massages and in homemade cosmetics. You can also eat the unprocessed Evening Primrose plant, though the oil is concentrated in the seeds and not the leafy parts, so it is harder to consume the required amount in this way.

Other than taking the capsules orally you can also opt for taking the oil in liquid form. The liquid form works great as massage oil, although its high cost can deter people from using it in that way.

An excellent way of cutting down the cost, but still getting all the benefits, is mixing one tablespoon of Evening Primrose Oil with the massage oil of your choice and giving yourself a full body massage. This can work great during PMS, and it takes full advantage of the sedative properties of the oil. Massaging yourself with the oil helps you get its benefits much faster than taking the capsules, because of the rapid absorption of the nutrients by your skin. It will not only calm you down and fight insomnia, but you will almost immediately notice relief from headache and abdominal pain.

If you don’t have the time needed for a full body massage, you can still massage the oil straight on the abdominal and hip area to relieve cramping, and on the chest to help relax you.

Precautions

Remember to always consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new supplements in order to take into account your individual needs and requirements. If your doctor gives the OK to use supplements, but you notice side effects, make sure you stop taking them immediately. Pregnant women or women who take hormonal supplements, should not take Evening Primrose Oil.



Jing Jin, Chief Harmony Officer
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maila
# maila 2013-09-25 04:46
Ive been taking Evening Primrose Oil for almost 2 months now. And on the first month im impressed with the benefits it gives to my skin,its plump and glowing and most of all my hormonal acnes are gone! Ive read some articles that there is no much proven research or evidence that it could help with acne but im one of those who swear that it did help me with my acne. Before EPO Id get 3-5 acnes during the time of the month or week before my period, but now theres none. For my menstrual cramps which is my other concern for taking it, it did lessen during the 2nd cycle since I take EPO but im not sure if its just because of it since I was also watchful with my diet that time and do exercise which I think also helps. My only concern is when I continue taking EPO during my period, it became heavier and last up to 10 days. Normally it last 8 days and only heavy during 2nd-3rd day. Is there a reason behind it? Or should I just stop taking it during period. By the way im taking 1000mg of EPO twice a day. ItS recommended to take 3000mg but im taking womens multivitamins with 650mg EPO on it. Does it matter? Im afraid id get over dose so I just take 2000mg a day plus the 650mg in my multivitamins. Please advice anyone..Thanks in advance :)
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Judith
# Judith 2013-10-07 11:43
Dear Maila,
I'm glad to hear the EPO worked so great on your skin :)
Since you're taking EPO through multivitamins, I think you did well by reducing the recommended dosage. However, maybe it would be even better to take it slower. Per example, maybe you could reduce your daily intake to 500mg and add this same amount every 2 weeks until you reach 2000mg... That way, your body would adapt easier to the new ailment you're adding to your diet.
There is no contraindicatio n regarding the intake of EPO during your period, but if the symptoms persist, you should consider reducing the dosage... Also, be sure to check with your pharmacist for any medications interactions if you're taking prescribed drugs.
Be well and let us know how it goes for you!
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Charlene
# Charlene 2013-09-13 13:48
Suzanne, I think you are having a huge dose to start with..start by having 500mg first, and enlarge the dose if you don't have any side effects. It worked for me like this-or else you are just giving your body a shock.
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Suzanne
# Suzanne 2013-09-01 02:23
I'm having an odd side effect to EPO. I've been on 3000 mg per day to help with PMS moodiness and painful cramps. Well the mood swings have become minimal before my period and I have no cramps now. But I get PMS-like symptoms a week AFTER my period such as depression, lethargy and bloating. At first I thought the moodiness was from emotional stress because my period was over. But now I am certain this is hormone-related due to the physical aspects such as bloating which only previously happened during PMS time.

So it looks like EPO does not take away PMS, it just moved it elsewhere in my cycle! Help please? I want to get rid of PMS entirely. The mood swings are affecting my life.
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Charlene
# Charlene 2013-09-13 13:48
Suzanne, try starting your dose with 500mg instead, youre taking way too much to start with- youre shocking the body. it worked with me lik this :)
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Jing
# Jing 2013-09-01 08:01
Suzanne, thanks for sharing your experience! It seems that the EPO didn't take away the PMS symptoms for you, just postponed it. You may want to check out Xiao Yao Wan. It's a safe and balanced Traditional Chinese medine herbal formula, which has helped me and many other women: http://www.theharmonystore.com/Free-Easy-Wanderer-Xiao-Yao-Wan-LW-200-pillsbottle_p_16.html. Please take good care!
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Georgia
# Georgia 2013-04-12 19:01
Hi there, I have been taking 3000mg daily of EPO for cyclical breast pain. I got EWCM a week later than usual and my period is now 5 days later (but if I ovulated a week later, I am not yet late). I am not sexually active and my cycle is like clockwork every 29 days. Nothing in my diet has changed. Has EPO been shown to delay ovulation? Thanks!
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Madalina
# Madalina 2013-03-25 12:40
hi! i start taking EPO before about2 weeks after my doctor wanted to give me contraceptive pills for regulating the menstrual cycle but i refused so he gave me those and some drops that im taking them in the morning!(the drops are from some natural plants and their taste is horrible)i usually have period each month,never got problem with this but allways is late,so i hope will get to a regular date!(still sounds like a dream for me)!i start taking them while i was still having menstrual cycle and now about two weeks later i have cramps like my period should come soon,and this is little bit weird,isn't to early to come?!are just 20 days from the first day of my last period!i must to note that my last period had delay and was little different then the normal one i have monthly(this is the reason i went to the doctor also) p.s : sorry for some grammar mistakes,englis h is not my first language :)
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heather prior
# heather prior 2013-03-24 04:47
i am a 37year old and i have regular periods that are now quite light but i do suffer with pms i started taking borage oil and mu pms has gone but inow start my cycle 5days later than normal and my period lasts 2days longer is this agood thing?
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Shasha
# Shasha 2013-03-08 15:28
Hi! I am ttc and just began on epo pills since the day one of my last menstrual period. I stopped taking after ovulation. Now it's going to be more than a week since my period is due. I took a pregnancy test and it's negative. I am also taking pre-natal vitamins for more than 6mths. Could epo be the reason for my period delay? I am confused. kindly help!
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-03-14 16:10
Shasha, EPO seems to affect the menstrual cycles for some women. Have you started your period yet?
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Josephine
# Josephine 2013-02-24 11:03
I've been taking EPO for a month. I started taking it because I had terrible acne around my chin, which indicates hormonal imbalance. I will say that my face has cleared but I am randomly bleeding. What am I doing wrong?!! I try to take 1000mg at a time x3 a day after eating. Should I cut back? I am loving my cleared face!
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-03-20 17:46
Josephine, how's your period? Do you still have random bleeding? If so, you may want to cut back on EPO. There are other home remedies for acne. Check it out: http://www.cycleharmony.com/hormone-imbalance/simple-home-remedies-for-acne?view=article
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sherre
# sherre 2013-02-19 12:29
Do you have to take EPO with food? What are side effects if you don't take it with food?
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Nikki
# Nikki 2013-02-14 14:25
i start EPO tablets last month ,i didnt have periods for this month .I am really worried ,does it effects on periods !!!!!!!
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-02-14 17:26
If you pin down EPO as the reason that's affecting your menstrual cycle, you may consider stop taking it.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-02-14 17:23
Hi Nikki, EPO seems to affect some women's menstrual cycles. So do diet, stress, medication, pregnancy, and other lifestyle factors. I encourage you to look into all of changes in your life and see if you can pin down the causes.
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Nikki
# Nikki 2013-02-13 14:19
I am having EPO since 25 days and i was due to my monthly period.But i don't see any sign of having periods.I am really worried.Do you think i will continue EPO ?What shall i do ??
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jill
# jill 2013-02-13 12:32
I started EPO in December to help with really bad mood PMS symptoms and took 1000mg once a day for 30 days and have continued with 500mg after that. I've never had irregular periods and have a 25 / 26 day cycle. In January my period started 10 days early and I kept bleeding for 15 days overall which has never happened before for me. This month I'm early again by 7 days. I think its likely to be due to EPO but am seeing the doctor tomorrow just to make certain its not anything else. I'll be surprised (but glad!) if EPO is the cause as I've taken it this way before and never had such disruptive symptoms to my cycle.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-02-14 17:35
Jill, thanks for sharing your experience with EPO. It seems to interrupt some women's menstrual cycles. It's good to check with your doctor. Let us know what you find out. By the way, have you read my post 50 Simple Strategies to Eliminate PMS Symptoms? Hope you find it helpful. http://www.cycleharmony.com/pms-symptoms/50-simple-strategies-to-eliminate-pms-symptoms?view=article
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Neha
# Neha 2013-02-13 02:56
Hi
I was having PCOD n my doctor advised me contraceptives and last 16th reports were normal so stopped dat n gav me EPO ,, my last period date ws 10th n i startd EPO on 17th,, so periods will cum aftr 30 days dose??
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-02-14 17:37
Neha, EPO seems to have different effects on different people. Let us know how it works for you.
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Nicole
# Nicole 2013-02-08 23:34
Hello! I had my implanon implant removed about five months ago and since I have not had a menses. I am beginning to get extremely concerned because before I got pregnant with my son I had a regular period every month. I got the implant put in about six weeks after he was born and had it in for about eighteen months. While on it I had extremely heavy and irregular periods, and as I mentioned I am no longer having any kind of cycle at all. I am looking very heavily good something natural that may help me. Would EPO be worth trying?
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-02-14 18:36
Nicole, as you see in the message board, EPO seems to have different effects on different women. You can give it a try and see if it helps you. You may also look into Dang Dui, a Chinese herb that helps nourish and invigorate blood - a wonderful tonic for healthy menstrual cycles. Check out my post here: http://www.cycleharmony.com/tea/dong-quai-tea-blood-tonic-for-pms-menopause?view=article
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-02-14 18:36
Nicole, as you see in the message board, EPO seems to have different effects on different women. You can give it a try and see if it helps you. You may also look into Dang Dui, a Chinese herb that helps nourish and invigorate blood - a wonderful tonic for healthy menstrual cycles. Check out my post here: http://www.cycleharmony.com/vaginal-infections/8-leading-causes-of-yeast-infection-and-how-to-prevent-it?view=article
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Kat
# Kat 2013-01-13 22:52
I've been taking 1000mg of EPO daily for the past few months, it has been working wonders so far, no cramping once so ever and has mae my skin look and feel so smooth and amazing! I am on my period right now and it is very light which is unusual for me. Could the EPO have effects on how heavy your periods are?
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-01-17 14:48
Kat, several ladies from our community seem to also experience lighter periods after taking EPO. It could mean that your body is adjusting to it. Since you've had mostly positive effects so far, you may give it a try for another one to two menstrual cycles and see how it affects your periods. If you're taking medication or have any underlining health issues, then it's definitely a good idea to consult your doctor. Hope this helps :)
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Nikitha
# Nikitha 2013-01-13 22:09
Hi

I just started taking EPO 3 weeks back and I am having my menses now.I was wondering should I continue taking the EPO or should I take after my menses end?

Will taking EPO make my menses regular(as in I get my menses every month on the same day because for me it is usually late by 3days to a 1week)?
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-01-17 15:27
Nikitha, as you can see in the comments for the evening primrose oil, EPO seems to have a different effect on each person. For some ladies, EPO helps regulate their periods. Yet for other ladies, EPO seems to interrupt their menstrual cycles. Like many other supplements, you'll have to experiment and see if it works for you. Give it a try for a few cycles and monitor how it affects you. Let us know because we can all learn from each other.
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Tracy
# Tracy 2013-01-03 06:37
Does this help with anxiety and depression ? I just started taking it today and Iam on blood pressure medicine but my doc said it shouldn't effect me with that what are your thoughts . From Tracy
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-01-04 16:01
Tracy, EPO seems to have different effects on different people. You may want to give it a try for a couple of menstrual cycles and see if it helps you. Please share your experience so other ladies can learn from it. Thank you!
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Kimberley
# Kimberley 2012-11-17 00:42
Hi there.ive been taking EPO daily from Sept and went from heavy periods to none at all within a day.i have pcos an am takin metformin also.should i go to drs an could i be pregnant?
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-11-24 11:39
I wander if EPO interacts with your medication. You should definitely talk to your doctor about this. Take care.
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Kimberley
# Kimberley 2012-11-17 00:39
Hi there.ive been takin EPO from Sept daily an went from very heavy periods to none at all.i hav pcos an blocked fal tubes.i am also takin metformin.shoul d i go to doc an could i be pregnant?
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cheyyi
# cheyyi 2012-11-13 00:48
If I am suffring moderate severe acne with pus and some closed big acne that just happened in these few months ,does taking EPO work for me for contorlling acne?what is the recommended dosage
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-11-14 22:38
Cheyyi, acne can be caused by diet, stress, hormone imbalance, and other factors. To have clear skin, it's important to address the underlying causes. I find a good article on this subject. Hope you find it helpful: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/how-to-get-rid-of-acne-pi_b_225057.html
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Kim
# Kim 2012-10-31 13:12
Hi Ive been taking EPO for 3 months ..it works great. Pms is gone and cramping is nearly no longer a problem for me anymore. So I read to stop taking when you ovulate which is something I never did but I tries it this cycle. But first my boyfriend and I used the pull out method on cycle 8..I stopped taking EPO on ovulating day 12. I have been cramping everyday since cycle day 12. Its now cycle day 19. My question does discontinuing EPO bring back cramping? Or is that a early implantation. I have a normal 28.day cycle.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-11-01 19:15
Hi Kim, if you used the pull out method on day 8, the probability of implantation is low, though still a possibility. I haven't heard about discontinuing EPO bringing back cramping. Are you having mild cramps or severe cramps? Do you have other symptoms? Is it possible to be something else?
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mom of 2 boys
# mom of 2 boys 2012-10-04 19:13
hi, i suffered severe dryness in my eyes and my eye doctor recommended EPO 1000 mg,after taking it for almost 1 month i decided to read about EPO to know what it's exactly for , i dont have eczema or any skin condition except that i always have pimples in my face when i am about to have my menstrual cycle,it did shorten my period to 5 days instead of 7 (my period was 5 days before i become a mom), i dont know whether to continue taking it or not because i dont suffer from any thing that EPO is prescribed for , all i had was severe eye dryness .i am 33 years old
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Jing
# Jing 2012-10-04 19:37
Hi, dryness in the eyes can be a sign of liver blood deficiency from the Chinese Medicine perspective. Have you taken a blood test? Is your red blood cell count (RBC) in the normal range?
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Jing
# Jing 2012-06-26 17:27
Maria, I'm so happy to hear that your period is now back to normal. Take care!
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Maria
# Maria 2012-06-23 10:41
Hi no i havent i will discuss it in my next appointment...t hanks for your advice :)
by the way my period got back to normal
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-06-22 14:30
Maria, have you discussed this with your doctor? If you're diagnosed with hypothyroidism, it's better to check with your doctor before taking any supplements to make sure that they don't contraindicate your medications.

On a separate note, sometimes it may take a couple of months for our body to adjust to a supplement.
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Maria
# Maria 2012-06-21 12:17
I started EPO a month ago i have heard that it balances your hormones because i have Hypothyroidism and i got my period yesterday its really light like spotting im really worried because my peroid is usually really heavy!!
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-06-05 18:49
Betty, We don't have a catalog currently. But I think it's a nice idea to create a list of useful products. Thanks for your suggestion!
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-06-05 18:06
Winny, I'm glad to hear that EPO has worked for you, so nicely. Thanks for sharing!
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winny
# winny 2012-06-02 05:36
i took EPO for the first time after having irregular periods(sometim es 6months without menstruation). after that the first two periods within 20 days..since then my periods regurlarly about 28days cycle and no mood swings. i think EPO really works for me
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Betty Stinar
# Betty Stinar 2012-05-31 09:53
Do you have catalogs if so I would like one.?
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-05-17 17:26
Lisa, many factors can affect our cycles, such as diet, exercise, stress, emotions etc. If there are no other factors that may have prolonged your cycle, EPO can be the reason.
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Lisa
# Lisa 2012-05-16 10:02
I started taking EPO about 3 weeks ago (along with B50) to help with mood swings during pms, and I am now on cycle day 45, with no period. My average cycle length is 36 days, however it does vary a little, but not this long. I have taken 4 pregnancy tests, all were negative. Could it be the EPO that is affecting my cycle?
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-05-11 16:07
Thanks for sharing Rosali!
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Rosali
# Rosali 2012-05-11 00:59
The above listed gives you symptomatic relief but in PMS you need to address to the root cause of the problem- HORMONAL IMBALANCE.Homoe opathic remedies works on our body by establishing balance in the female endocrine axis,taking care of acute symptoms and Using bioenergetic information from optimally functioning uteri and ovaries to maintain harmonious menstrual cycles.Some of the frequently used remedies are C124 PMS formula and menses pain 200 formula.These are natural and herbal remedies,100% safe and free from side effects.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-05-08 19:00
Hilda, I think you're on the right track. It's a good idea to give it a fair try for a couple of cycles while monitoring its effects on you closely. You may also consider reducing the dosage and see how that feels. Everyone is a little different. Experiment and find the right amount for you.
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Hilda
# Hilda 2012-05-08 00:28
I've just started to take EPO this cycle for EWCM. We were TTC for 6 years, gone through 5 ICSI/2 IUI and got disgusted with hormone stimulations. Started taking EPO 1000mg per day on CD2 (now CD6). Having headaches for 2 days (CD2&3) and hot flushes at nights (not sweats). Wondering if this is from EPO. Today is much better. I think i'll continue taking it for a couple of cycles to see changes, but also thinkng to take it the whole cycle and not until ovulation coz i'm afraid on cutting it suddenly and then have the hot flushes :( What do u think? Will only 1000 mg EPO endanger nidation?
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rose
# rose 2012-04-12 07:17
I have eight day periods and they are heavy. I was wondering would evening primrose oil or vitex (chaste berry) benefit me more?
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Jing
# Jing 2012-04-21 12:07
Rose, have you tried the nettle? It's often recommended for excessive menstrual bleeding. This means that it can reduce the length of your period and the severity of cramps, and make your flow lighter. Check it out: www.cycleharmony.com/pms-symptoms/healing-pms-and-menstrual-problems-with-nettle-tea?view=article
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Jing
# Jing 2012-03-21 17:57
Tina, I'm wondering if you have started your period by now. Many factors can affect our menstrual cycles including diet, exercise, emotional stress, getting off birth control pills, certain medications, etc. Were there any changes in your life that might have affected your last cycle? Also any possibility of becoming pregnant? If there's no other possible factors, it may have something to do with EPO.
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Tina
# Tina 2013-01-05 10:13
Period finally came, but the evening primrose definitely effected my cycle . As great as it was to not have any PMS symptoms I felt increasingly stressed out when my period didn't come so I decided to stop using it :(
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ingrid
# ingrid 2013-05-18 18:08
Just came across this as im taking epo, been taking 2 months last month 2 days late and this month im so far 5 days late, very stressed! I love the way it makes my skin feel and breasts don't hurt as much but is it worth it!! I'm regular normally just was taking for slight pms. Well there is a site called fertility info or newsletter, check it out, u can write em, natural medicine they are experts in this field. I wrote em and brought up my epo issue and they said it happens sometimes, to lower the dossage see how it does and u can take it all month for pms but not if trying for a baby it contracts the uterus, something like that. This site here also has great info about! Just throwing it out there cause I know what it feels like, I'm going crazy! Feel like period is coming feel little tender in stomach but nothing!!!!
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Tina
# Tina 2012-03-19 00:45
Hi
I have been taking EPO for the last month and my period is late by five days. As my cycle is normally every 25 days 26 at the most i am starting to get anxious as to why it hasnt come at all?
I have no PMS symptoms which is good, but am a bit concerned about the absence of my period? I am normally like clock work. For the last few days i have stopped EPO in an effort to induce my period but still nothing!

Please help
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Jing
# Jing 2012-03-06 15:13
Rebecca, it's possible that EPO has an effect on your usual menstrual cycle. If you don't notice any adverse effects, you may consider continuing it for another cycle and see if your cycle stablizes itself. If you notice side effects, I suggest you check with your doctor.
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Rebecca
# Rebecca 2012-02-25 03:59
I've started taking EPO and I've ovulated ten days earlier than normal. I have a slightly long cycle and usually ovulate on cycle day 20 but I've ovulated on cycle day 10. Is that a usual effect? I have been taking 1000mg daily
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Jing Jin
# Jing Jin 2012-01-30 17:37
Juliana, glad you are explore the natural remedy path. Usually herbal remedies can take 2-3 cycles to notice the effects. Give it a try if you don't notice any adverse effects, and see if it helps.
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Jing Jin
# Jing Jin 2012-01-30 17:34
Caroline, out of curiosity why did you stop taking EPO? How long ago did you lave your last menstrual bleeding? According to WebMD, "after more than one year of no menstrual periods due to menopause, any vaginal bleeding is now considered abnormal." But you may be perimenopausal. Check out the WebMD article here: http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/sexual-health-your-guide-to-menopause
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Caroline
# Caroline 2012-01-30 11:02
I have been on EPO for 11 years and 2 weeks ago stopped taking it. i have been menopausal and on HRT for 1 year. i have just had a period.! WHY????
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Juliana
# Juliana 2012-01-28 23:23
I started EPO a week ago. I was put on provera due to not having a period for 4 months after removing Mirena. When I got the first signs of a period, I started the EPO. So far, I can't tell it's doing what it's supposed to, as I only had bleeding for one day and it was very light. I take 2 capsules daily although they recommend 3. I'm tired of hormones and chemicals, so decided to go on the natural remedy path.
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Jing Jin
# Jing Jin 2012-01-19 17:17
So glad to hear that EPO is working nicely for you. Thank you for sharing your experience. It's very helpful!
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Christy
# Christy 2012-01-19 17:03
I started taking EPO 3 weeks ago and can tell the difference. I got my period after not having it for 5 months. EPO is awesome. I love it!!! I am going thru menopause and it is really helping me so much. I have stopped having hot flashes and sleep thru the nite. I buy it at Trader Joe's and it really beats spending a fortune on medicine.
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Myla
# Myla 2013-04-27 22:41
I cannot wait to see if this gives me a period. Ive always been irregular then eventually my menses stopped coming and docs have tried every bc on the market. Im ready for all natural everything and prayer :)I am young and I have no kids ill b 28 in july and I want to make sure I get my body on track so I can have kids in the future! Thanx Christy for the encouragement!
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Jing
# Jing 2011-10-24 15:49
Klisa, If EPO is giving you the worst headaches, stop taking it or reducing the dose and see how you feel. I recommend that you consult your doctor on this. Natural remedies such as EPO can intervene with certain drugs and medications.
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klisa
# klisa 2011-10-21 12:47
I have sarted taking 1,500 mg a day and I am having the worst headaches that I ever had. I am worried I read that it is a side effect, so I need to stop. Can you tell me if this would eventually go away if I continued taking it.
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Jing
# Jing 2011-10-17 14:08
Winne, sometimes it's the body's natural way of adjusting itself. I'd pay close attention to this. If you continue for another cycle and notice that you have irregular cycles or other side effects, you may want to stop taking EPO.
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winnie
# winnie 2011-10-17 00:20
hi...I have taken EPO for two weeks continuosly. However, my menses for that month came twice which I have never happen to me before.
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Jing
# Jing 2011-09-06 16:46
Jessy, I've heard that it's best to skip EPO during your period. So it may be a good idea to start taking it after your period. But I recommend you consult your doctor on this because he can better advise you based on your unique situation.
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jessy
# jessy 2011-09-02 19:54
I've just bough EPO in the capsule form 500 mg I was told I have a harmone inbalance and this was recommended I forgot to ask the dr if I can take them during my period cause I'm still on my period that is 16 days long so far thing is I missed my period last month because I had stopped the birth control pills because I didn't get to buy them on time so my question again is can I take the EPO during the period or wait til it stop and start using
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Leslie Carol Botha
# Leslie Carol Botha 2011-08-01 19:38
Women experiencing heavier than 'normal' bleeding might try Vitamin C with bioflavnoids... .the bioflavnoids help to strengthen uterine capillaries to prevent hemorrhaging - which is what most women are going through. You can see a difference within a month's time. Women internalize stress in their uterus and when they live out of synch with their hormonal changes....the natural waxing and waning of hormones - these types of imbalances will occur. http://holyhormones.com/female-mystique/
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nith
# nith 2011-07-31 20:47
nith
i have taken epo for 2 months as i have irregular period cycle(dont get period for last 3 months)...and finally its works but turn to be too heavy period for 12 days ...is this a normal condition?
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Jing Jin
# Jing Jin 2011-08-05 14:34
Nith, it seems that you didn't have period for three months and then you had a long and heavy period. Are there any health conditions or lifestyle factors that may cause this irregularity? If you're worried about EPO, I'd back off, take a break, and observe how your body responds. But if the irregularity persists, I suggest you consult your doctor and look into lifestyle factors. You may consider using our Mood, Symptom and Lifestyle tracker to monitor those factors.
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Raven waterman
# Raven waterman 2011-05-30 18:55
Is EPO something that should be taken daily or only during the time prior to and during your period?
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2011-05-31 14:01
Raven, EPO can be taken daily. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, the general suggested dosage for adults are 2 - 8 grams of EPO daily, standardized to contain 8% GLA. Higher dosages are used for more severe health needs. You should ask your health care provider for the appropriate dosage to help your condition.

Check out this article by University of Maryland Medical Center: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/evening-primrose-000242.htm
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Jing
# Jing 2011-05-28 15:05
Felicia, It's hard to determine if the lengthening of your period is due to evening primrose oil because other factors could be at play, such as the Pregcare Conception, stress or other changes or things that may have impacted the effectiveness of the evening primrose oil. The only way to really gauge the effectiveness of one remedy is to isolate it and take it alone for one or two cycles and observe its effect.

However, if you're worried about it, I would stop taking it for a while or consult your physician.

Good luck on your second child!
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Felicia
# Felicia 2011-05-27 14:36
I have recently started taking Evening Primrose oil. I heard it shortens the cycle lentgh and regulates. I am suffering from PMS. it did help to start with, but I am worried as it length my cycle. Never my cycle continued day 8 and 9, I am worried it might continue even more. Shall i stop taking them? I am also taking Pregcare Conception as i want to fall pregnant (trying hard my second child, I am late thirties). help please.
regards Felicia.
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Lisa E Hamilton, LMT
# Lisa E Hamilton, LMT 2013-09-23 21:35
I had my first child at 38+ yrs old. She is now 13+, healthy, brilliant and a joy to be around. Do not listen to this ignorant "med school student" below.
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Med Student
# Med Student 2013-01-06 23:24
Please- for the sake of yourself and the child- do NOT become pregnant at your current age! The risk of a miscarriage double by your age, and the risks of having an abnormal baby are also EXTREMELY higher! Please please PLEASE if you want another child so badly go adopt a child who wishes they had a home of their own. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!! We JUST went over this in my developmental class. I'm studying to be a gynecologist- I know what I am talking about. I BEG you! Please, do not. The risks weigh more than the slim chance of a healthy and normal pregnancy and child!
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mommyG
# mommyG 2013-10-27 10:58
Wow really. Why is it that people think once a woman hits 30 she is to old to have a baby? I gave birth to my youngest daughter when I was 36 and she is anything but abnormal.if this woman wants to have a baby "at her age" them who the hell are u to te ll her she shouldn't.
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Jing
# Jing 2013-10-27 11:11
I've known several women who had their first babies in their 40s. In today's day and age, this is quite common actually.
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Kelly Martin
# Kelly Martin 2013-02-23 12:15
Who on earth are you? How horrific you would pass your own fears onto this person above. My mother had my sister at age 42 no problems at all, please do not go ahead with your medical profession if this is how you approach people. You are obviously scared out of your mind for some weird reason. Women have been giving birth for years young and old stop passing your fear mongering onto vulnerable people. Yikes I would strike you off before you began with that attitude to people. People have pregnancy difficulties for many different reasons. Horrified at how you approached this, if you are indeed a med student. Don't be a GP instead go be a surgeon where you do not have to deal with humans. Or get some training in psychology at least.
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s watterson
# s watterson 2013-03-08 04:25
I completely agree! I am 41 healthy and at some point hope to have a child. I would be crushed to deal with a person like that....unreal! ! callous and untrue!!!
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