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Evening Primrose Oil Benefits Pcos
Does evening primrose oil increase estrogen? I think I'm estrogen dominant, I have PCOS and wanted to try using EPO. Should I try it?
Not recommended: EPO has been studied in a severe estrogen diminished state such as postmenopause. Available data suggest that it is no more effective than placebo. In the only randomized trial to address this issue 56 symptomatic postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to EPO versus placebo for six months. There was no significant difference in symptoms. And increasing estrogen can exacerbate certain cancers ...Read more
Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more
Not clear: The data on evening primrose oil is spotty at best- some mixed evidence on its efficacy for treating breast symptoms, menopause and pms- I've actually seen anecdotal evidence of decreased mastalgia (breast pain). One thing I haven't seen is any convincing evidence of its harm! ...Read more
Could people with systemic autoimmune diseases like lupus/ra benefit from taking evening primrose oil? What about fish oil?
Drug interactions: Even over the counter and herbal medications can interact with other medications you may be taking. Please do not take either of these without discussing the matter with your doctor. ...Read more
Depends: Oil of primrose is often used for pms and has an additional fat for those who need it. It is usually fine to take and causes few symptoms, perhaps GI is the most common. You need about 1-2 grams for it to help with pms. It does not help everyone but it is worth a try rather than a prescription drug. ...Read more
Yes, of course: But do not expect to derive any benefit of any kind for your money. ...Read more
Should not be: An issue but why are you interested in taking these? ...Read more
No, not yet!:
Evening primrose oil is commonly advised by midwives to "ripen" the cervix but they usually recommend taking it orally ; not vaginally until 39 weeks. See http://herbs. Lovetoknow. Com/evening_primrose_oil_for_cervical_dilation
however, the one study done on this found that oral evening primrose oil did not help ; might cause harm: http://www. Sciencedirect. Com/science/article/pii/s0091218299000555. ...Read more
Does taking evening primrose oil capsulesdaily cause side effects like reduced testosterone levels?
Lots of unknowns: Evening primrose is peddled as good for almost everything, which can't possibly be true; its proponents cherry-pick obscure journals and exaggerate the claims. The most believable claim is that it helps women who get sore breasts at the same time each month. It probably does not help with acne. I could find nothing on its reducing serum testosterone, but i'd still discourage you from using it. ...Read more
What to do if I am 34 weeks prego. Does evening primrose oil help labor. And I don't mean induce early?
No: No it does not. There is no medical reason to take it. ...Read more
Eczema can be treated by taking evening primrose oil? Is that true? Some doctor says yes some no. Why?
Honestly Doctors: Havedifferent ideas thus the need for 2nd or 3rd opinions. Most drs are not familiar with uses of herbal meds thus the conflicting advice. My take is it's safe to use evening primrose rose for eczema since it's extracted from a plant. If there's no improvement with these herb, go see your dr or dermatologist for an accurate dx. Http://www. Ehow. Com/how_2119669_use-primrose-oil-eczema. Html#page=0. ...Read more
I am currently taking Diane 35 with Evening primrose oil 1000mg. For a couple of weeks, I have noticed frequent urge to urinate only at night.?
See a DR: And throw away the primrose oil. Maybe you have a medical situation. Maybe not. Stop any unnecessary pills and seek professional help. ...Read more
I'm ttc I don't get any ewcm at all should I take a supplement like evening primrose oil to help. Ovulate every month. Don't want to muck up cycles.?
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Let me help: The oil is extracted from the flower seeds for most medicinal uses. The oil contains 25 percent essential fatty acids, which often are promoted for their health benefits, including linoleic acid, or la, and gamma-linolenic acid or gla. The most common uses of evening primrose oil include treatment of skin condition like eczema and dermatitis as well as diabetic neuropathy treatment and arthritis. ...Read more
Eczema, Breast pain: The effectiveness of evening primrose oil stems from an ingredient called gamma-linolenic acid, or gla, an essential fatty acid thought to have anti-inflammatory and other healing properties. Evening primrose oil has highly concentrated amounts. It is one of the safest sources of gla. When ingested, gla is converted to prostaglandins, compounds that help regulate inflammation. ...Read more
Many things, safe: Evening primrose oil is a source of GLA, an essential Omega 6 fatty acid. It is used for many things including eczema, arthritis, PMS and diabetic neuropathy. It is very safe. Like all supplements and meds, it does not help everyone and more research is needed. See http://nccam. Nih. Gov/health/eveningprimrose and http://www. Naturalalternativeremedy. Com/10-health-benefits-of-evening-primrose-oil/. ...Read more
Who knows: The data on evening primrose oil is spotty at best- some mixed evidence on its efficacy for treating breast symptoms, menopause and pms- I've actually seen anecdotal evidence of decreased mastalgia (breast pain) but if you are enjoying this "side effect"- have no fear- I haven't seen any convincing evidence of its harm! ...Read more
Shouldn't happen: It has been used to help with breast pain but should not cause breast enlargement or fullness. Perhaps there is something else in the supplement that you are taking. I would look for another cause for breast fullness. Evening primrose oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, essential fatty acids that are lacking in some people's diets. Always ask your doctor before taking supplements. ...Read more
Unlikely if. . .: Check out http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=1463-0, 1059-10639 assuming you're referring to Levothyroxine (there are thyroid medications for an overactive thyroid, too). Do be careful w/your Clonazepam as it can cause confusion, addiction & increase risk for falls & fractures (at least in elderly, no, you don't qualify yet). ...Read more
Probably: Because they are likely absorbed similarly, I can fathom no reason why they cannot be taken at the same time. ...Read more
Yes, but: Yes but I can think of no reason a healthy 21 year old would want to take either one, let alone both. ...Read more
Don't know: A problem with anything not prescribed by a dr. Is that we have no idea what is in the substance you are taking. Please read the very small print on the bottle that states "this is not to be used for the treatment or diagnosis of any disease".Why is that statement there? Because the fda, the oversight of drug safety in the usa, hasn't even looked at the product you are taking. Be an informed user. ...Read more
Can I take holland &barrett evening primrose oil capsules, am not on any medication but breastfeeding?
What for: This is probably not going to help anything. ...Read more
Is maca root and evening primrose oil safe to take while having a copper iud? Will it affect the effectiveness?
Maybe (not). . .: Both maca root & evening primrose oil have been around for ages & used for various conditions. However, there hasn't been very many studies on safety & efficacy, certainly not on various combinations for interactions. Check out http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=2644-0, 1059-10639 for maca root vs epo. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/paragard/my00997 re copper iud. ...Read more
Will taking evening primrose oil along with maca root affect the effectiveness of a paragard iud? Is it safe to take together?
IUDs: Iud's are not medications. They are a product that works to prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg into the wall of the uterus. Thus other supplements or medications will not interfere with this mechanical process. So, yes, they are safe in regards to birth control to take together. ...Read more
See wikipedia for discussion of the flower under: oenothera. The evening primrose seeds contain oil which is a fatty acid. The oil. Contains 7 to 10 percent gamma linolenic acid and about 70 percent linoleic acid. Gamma linolenic acid is a precursor to prostaglandin pge1 (misoprostol) and thromboxane txa1. Pge1 (misoprostol) is involved ...Read more