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Vance
Saturday, February 28, 2009, 8:26pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Were you on birth control for a prolonged period of time or did this just come out of the blue?
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I have been exactly where you are.  I wrote a blog about it a long time ago.  For some reason, I can't get to my old blogs on the internet right now, so I'll just copy it into this thread.  Be patient.  It takes some people a while to get over birth control hormones.

When my husband and I married, my doctor automatically put me on the pill. I donít recall that the doctor even talked about any other birth control method. I remember him saying that unless I wanted to have a baby, I could stay on the pill until I was in my 40s. I had a vague feeling that I didnít like how the pill made me feel, but everyone else I knew was using the pill, so I took it.

One evening when we had been married about a year we invited another couple over for dinner. My friend and I were in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on dinner, when she began complaining about her gynecologist. She said that he didnít completely trust the pill and that he made all his patients get off once a year. I told her about my gynecologist who wouldnít talk to me about anything but the pill. We laughed and said we should switch doctors, but before she left my house that night, I got her doctorís name.

I made an appointment with him, and he said that while he believed the pill was safe for most women, he wanted his patients once a year to get off and have one normal menstrual cycle. Then they could go back to the pill. He had information about lots of other birth control methods and the percentages of effectiveness for each one.

My husband, being an engineer, recognized the statistical principal that combining two methods would increase the effectiveness to equal the pill. So I stopped the pill; just for a few weeks, we thought.

It was a full year before I had a period. It was two years before my cycle was back to normal. Some women, like me, over react to the pill, but there is no way to know ahead of time who will do fine and who will have problems.

Now that I have two children I ask myself, ďWhat if I had stayed on the pill for years until we were ready for a baby? How long then would it have taken for my cycle to return to normal? Could I ever have gotten pregnant?Ē

Needless to say I never went back on the pill. I donít oppose other women taking it, but I think that gynecologistís idea of giving your body a break once a year is excellent. I also believe that the conversation in the kitchen with my friend was the direct intervention of God in my life and in the lives of my future son and daughter.


Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!  1 Samuel 25:6
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Vance
Saturday, February 28, 2009, 8:50pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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I would be interested in hearing some natural medicines and remedies that would treat amenorrhea.

It would be nice to use a natural or homeopathic treatment for every type of sickness people get but that isn't always possible.

Osteoporosis is a real possibilty after six months of amenorrhea.   Unfortunately,  you can't always use herbs or drink apple cider vinegar to treat every human ailment.  
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Ribbit,  Wow, that is an odd question about the essential oils, because I own a perfume business so I am around fragrances all day long. I typically use synthetic oil blends, which have a bit of EO's in them but are mostly considered fragrance oils.   I do inhale a lot of scent a day though, what makes you ask? Can that be related?

Vance, I was on BCP's about 7 years, I had never had normal cycles before it, just random, once every few months. I was put on the pill to regulate my cycle.

Suzanne, thanks for your story, that is so interesting1 I wish I was told to stop periodically.  My doctor seemed annoyed when I told him I wished to stop the pill.  I switched docs right after that. My new doc is lovely and she suggested the acupuncture.  All my docs (naturopathic and medical) are so happy I started the BTD and am eating a wider variety of foods (like nuts, oils, exotic grains, soy) and not restricting my fat intake as much.

Vance, I have upped my calcium and mineral intake, so hopefully that will help me right now. I think I did worse to my bod in the past not eating much variety and working out so darn much.  





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Ribbit,  Wow, that is an odd question about the essential oils, because I own a perfume business so I am around fragrances all day long. I typically use synthetic oil blends, which have a bit of EO's in them but are mostly considered fragrance oils.   I do inhale a lot of scent a day though, what makes you ask? Can that be related?  


I know....That's why I asked.    There are some fragrances, sage being one, that you shouldn't be around during pregnancy b/c it can raise blood pressure.  There are others which you aren't supposed to use topically at all during pregnancy.  If they are so potent that they can negatively affect a pregnancy, perhaps some are strong enough to affect your hormones when you're not pregnant.


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Okay, here's what's in "Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year" by Susun Weed  (http://books.shop.ebay.com/ite.....doZBooksQQ_sacatZ267 )

Emmenagogue Formulae (this is to stimulate an abortion [I have no intention of starting a debate--I'm simply repeating what's here], but I have read that it can also be used to start your periods again--the same affect--it empties the uterus):

"The following two formulae are in general use and seem to be erratically successful.  Do not increase the amount of herb in the formulae; do not exceed the recommended dose; do not take for longer than five days; do not use both formulae together.  Caution:  Blue Cohosh may raise the blood pressure."

Emmenagogue Brew
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2 Tbsp. dried Blue Cohosh root
3 Tbsp. dried Pennyroyal leaves
2 Tbsp. dried Tansy in flower

Put the Blue Cohosh into a quart of water in a pan and bring it to a boil.  Put the other herbs into a quart jar.  When the Blue Cohosh and water boils, pour into the jar with the other herbs.  Put on a tight lid and let steep for at least 30 minutes.  Strain out herbs and reheat before using.

Blue Cohosh can stimulate uterine contractions, but the responsible principle is not very soluble in water, even when the root is boiled.  American Pennyroyal strongly encourages the uterus to empty out and bleed.  Tansy has been used by Wise Women in Europe and the Americas for centuries to facilitate menstruation and induce abortion.  Together, these three emmenagogues can produce a profuse menstrual flow in sensitive women.

The usual dose is a steaming hot cupful every four hours for up to five days, or until bleeding is well under way.  The effectiveness of this formula is enhanced by the addition of a tablespoonful of brewer's yeast to every cup.


Emmenagogue Combination
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20 drops Blue Cohosh tincture
20 drops Black Cohosh tincture
20 drops American Pennyroyal tincture

Measure tinctures into a cup of warm water and drink slowly.  Repeat every four hours for no more than five days.  Continue for one full day after bleeding starts....[then it states something graphic about abortion which I will spare you].

Blue Cohosh tincture stimulates production of oxytocin, the hormone responsible for uterine contraction.  Black Cohosh tincture enhances and supplements the action of the Blue Cohosh.  Pennyroyal tincture is an old favorite for 'suppressed menstruation.'



I've always had regular cycles, so I can't say I've tried this.  However, after each baby is born, my uterus stops the contractions and the placenta is left inside.  My wise midwife, this last time, used a tincture of some of the above herbs (plus others) ---extremely bitter!--- and within minutes the contractions started up again.  So for me it did work.


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How interesting! My naturopath put me on a supplement for women that has black cohash in it!

I don't think I use many oils with sgae or bitter EO's, I'm more a sweet scent gal, my niche market is gourmand scents.





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I like sage to lend an earthy and masculine scent to whatever I'm making.


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Lavender is very estrogenic..   
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It has been 7 months for me now...I stopped worrying so much though. All my tests came back healthy.  I made an appointment to do acupuncture and I have a friend who is studying shiatsu. She's gonna do a few massages that are suppose to stimulate the ovaries...  I guess an absence of menstration is linked to the liver, spleen or kidney.    

I'm against taking Clomid as well. One of the side effects is multiple births and though I want a family really bad, I prefer one child at a time!

Thanks Suzanne for sharing your story. By the way, I really enjoy reading all of your blogs!


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You may want to see if some of what you're doing works first, before you add in acupuncture.  That way, if your cycles do start back you'll know what helped.  


I'm nervous taking any herb that stimulates the uterus or causes abortions like blue or black cholish. If I did get pregant while trying to get my period, I would hate to have a miscarriage


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The herb that I've read is safe and that people have had success with is vitex (chasteberry).

This guy has a good article about natural treatments, which include vitex, for amenorrhea:

http://www.healthy.net/scr/Article.asp?Id=1180
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I'm nervous taking any herb that stimulates the uterus or causes abortions like blue or black cholish. If I did get pregant while trying to get my period, I would hate to have a miscarriage


If you're not having your period, you're not likely ovulating, which means you're not going to get pregnant.  According to what I read, it should start within hours or maybe a day or two if you try the herbs.  Just avoid your partner for a few days.     If I were in your shoes this is what I would do, and I'm as pro-life as they come.  When I thought I was miscarrying last month, I talked with my midwife about using these herbs to help things along.  I didn't want to go get a D&C and she said these are the herbs to use to flush out the uterus if the baby has indeed died.  Thankfully I didn't have to do that, because we were able to find the heartbeat, but I was mentally prepared to do it.  

It might benefit you to talk with an herbalist or a midwife in your area and see what they think.


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I know....That's why I asked.    There are some fragrances, sage being one, that you shouldn't be around during pregnancy b/c it can raise blood pressure.  There are others which you aren't supposed to use topically at all during pregnancy.  If they are so potent that they can negatively affect a pregnancy, perhaps some are strong enough to affect your hormones when you're not pregnant.


I think we should all follow a pregnant woman's diet & guidelines for a healthy life!


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If you're not having your period, you're not likely ovulating, which means you're not going to get pregnant.  According to what I read, it should start within hours or maybe a day or two if you try the herbs.  Just avoid your partner for a few days.     If I were in your shoes this is what I would do, and I'm as pro-life as they come.  When I thought I was miscarrying last month, I talked with my midwife about using these herbs to help things along.  I didn't want to go get a D&C and she said these are the herbs to use to flush out the uterus if the baby has indeed died.  Thankfully I didn't have to do that, because we were able to find the heartbeat, but I was mentally prepared to do it.  

It might benefit you to talk with an herbalist or a midwife in your area and see what they think.


I'm so glad they found a heart beat and everything was ok! Thanks for your replies Ribbit, I think I will talk to an herbalist.


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