So a friend asked me about this, and I really didn't know what to tell her. Thanks in advance for your help!
Anyone have any experience treating luteal phase defects and/or deficits with Paleo in women? Did Paleo fix it for your and/or your patients?
Does sleep/circadian rhythms play a role?
asked byLady_Arwen (6259)
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on August 03, 2012
at 10:04 PM
Luteal phase deficits are generally due to a hormonal imbalance, either low Progesterone or estrogen dominance.
Sufficient D3 (60-80 ng/ml blood level), Magnesium, Zinc and other minerals can help significantly, and it will likely take 3-6 months for a change to be seen.
Sleep & stress are also key, as is avoiding xenoestrogens in the home environment.
Chasteberry extract or natural Progesterone cream can be helpful, but I prefer to suggest these only after trying dietary changes (largely because getting hormones balanced is largely about nutrient repletion and maintaining a healthy pregnancy relies on good nutrition.)
Saliva testing is recommended for sex hormones, rather than blood tests. But you need a blood test for D3.
on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM
Howdy, This is an issue that should be handled by an OB/GYN. The treatment course may involve hormone replacement/suplementation.
Dragonfly: I would be hesitant to give medical advice over the interweb.
Balancing hormones is not so easy. The follicular phase of the menstrual cycle is driven by estrogens so I would ask which xenoestrogens should be avoided: antagonists and or agonists or maybe the problem is with androgens or even the pituitary. I can't answer the question and I have some expertise in the area of endocrine disruption.
Saliva is not necessarily the specimen of choice unlews you are interested in estriol to determine risk for pre-term labor.
Here's my advice: see a good OB/GYN.