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Doctor insights on: Evening Primrose Oil Benefits Pcos

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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?

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

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Definition)

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


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What are the benefits of evening primrose oil capsules?

What are the benefits of evening primrose oil capsules?

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

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Could people with systemic autoimmune diseases like lupus/ra benefit from taking evening primrose oil? What about fish oil?

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

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Is it okay to take evening primrose oil?

Is it okay to take evening primrose oil?

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

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Is it safe to insert evening primrose oil vaginally? 34 weeks and 6 days.

Is it safe to insert evening primrose oil vaginally? 34 weeks and 6 days.

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

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Does taking evening primrose oil capsulesdaily cause side effects like reduced testosterone levels?

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

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Eczema can be treated by taking evening primrose oil? Is that true? Some doctor says yes some no. Why?

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

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What does evening primrose oil do?

What does evening primrose oil do?

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

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What are the effects of evening primrose oil?

What are the effects of evening primrose oil?

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

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What is evening primrose oil capsules used for? What is its advantages?

What is evening primrose oil capsules used for? What is its advantages?

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

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Ok to take evening primrose oil and divaloproex together?

Ok to take evening primrose oil and divaloproex together?

Evening primrose: According to epocrates a medical app, there is no interaction between divaloproex and evening primrose. ...Read more

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Started taking evening primrose oil and my breasts are fuller. Nice but why?

Started taking evening primrose oil and my breasts are fuller. Nice but why?

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

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Started taking evening primrose oil and my boobs are really full-- why is that?

Started taking evening primrose oil and my boobs are really full-- why is that?

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

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Can evening primrose oil interact with thyroid medication?

Can evening primrose oil interact with thyroid medication?

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

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Can you take evening primrose oil and cod liver oil together?

Can you take evening primrose oil and cod liver oil together?

Probably: Because they are likely absorbed similarly, I can fathom no reason why they cannot be taken at the same time. ...Read more

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How to induce labor with evening primrose oil capsules 1000mg?

Myths: There will be no inducement of labor with primrose oil. This is a false myth. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take cod liver oil and evening primrose oil at the same time?

Is it ok to take cod liver oil and evening primrose oil at the same time?

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

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Will taking both evening primrose oil and flaxseed oil help with hypothyroidism?

Will taking both evening primrose oil and flaxseed oil help with hypothyroidism?

NO!: Only brand name T4 replacement will help w/hypothyroidism. Besides, the two oils won't do anything but shrink your wallet, and primrose oil has potential toxicity. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or internet scams. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take EPO (evening primrose oil) and st johns wort at the same time?

Is it safe to take EPO (evening primrose oil) and st johns wort at the same time?

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

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Is maca root and evening primrose oil safe to take while having a copper iud? Will it affect the effectiveness?

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

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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

Evening Primrose (Definition)

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


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