Monday, November 16, 2009

Can evening primrose oil help a underweight person w/ irregular period get a more regular period?

i'm pretty underweight, and i've been on birth control for 3 months. my doctor said i can go off the pills anytime i want, but i'm wondering, can taking evening primrose oil regulate my period? Do they help you produce more estrogen, or whatever hormones i need for a regular period? thanks!

Can evening primrose oil help a underweight person w/ irregular period get a more regular period?
It definitely *can* help, but it depends on the reason for the irregular cycle in the first place. If you're underweight, that could be the reason in itself (although so many people have irregular periods now that it could be only one factor among many). Try to get your weight up a bit -- focus on getting enough protein and good fats (EFA's: omega oils from fish, flax seeds/oil, hemp seeds/oil, evening primrose, etc.). And then... there could be a lot of different supplements that would help, in addition to evening primrose (which, however, is probably a good start). St. Francis Herb Farm has a good herbal tincture (Vitex) with a typical mix of herbs: vitex (agnus castus), damiana, dong quai, perhaps licorice... I forget which things are in it for sure. It's advertised as a menopause remedy, but it's not just for that -- it helps balance female hormones in general. I've used it for an irregular cycle myself.

However, as someone has already suggested, you should get some more personalized help, from a doctor or (preferably) naturopath who can address your own specific needs, based on the history of your problem. These irregularities can have many different causes, and the remedy would need to be different in each case.

I would definitely advise you to get off the pill as soon as possible, though; of course it can be necessary in extreme cases (if you get hospitalized because of blood loss, for example, then by all means do whatever will keep you out of the hospital), but the pill isn't a cure: it only takes care of the symptom, not the cause, and artificially injects you full of synthetic or horse-derived hormones... it's the opposite of balancing your system -- it only screws it up more, and has side effects into the bargain. So do seek a natural remedy if you can; A natural path may take a bit more work than just taking the pill, but I think in the end you'll be glad you put in the extra effort.
Reply:From what I've experienced, it does a lot to make your mood more regular, but not your cycle. I also tend to have easier cramps with evening primrose. The pill is sometimes known to help regulate a cycle. I would reccomend talking to your gynaecologist! Every woman is different, and a medical professional can give you more help than electronic strangers. To help prepare you for your visit check out:

especially the section on irregular periods, as well as:

Best of luck!
Reply:Try drinking raspberry leaf tea, it helps in a variety of ways. It can also help lessen period pain. I hope this helps.
Reply:Being under weight can lead to irregular periods or none at all,but as far as Evening Primrose helping?I can't say for sure but its worth a try.I used it before and after my Hysterectomy and I think it helped me.

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