This isn't exactly "hack my uterus" but there is backstory there.
After I recently complained about my worsening menstrual cramps on Facebook (and it's not even Overshare Wednesday!) my cousin kindly let me know that she and several women on the paternal side of my family have a condition called adenomyosis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adenomyosis
This is the first time I've heard of this so I'll need to do some more exploring. I wanted to pose a question to you fine people to see if you've ever heard of this or ever heard of it being fixed with diet/supplementation/insulin control. I recall that people have cured their endometriosis through proper nutrition. Adenomyosis shares a similar "problem with the uterine lining" but the two diseases may not actually be that similar.
I've been paleo for a year and trying all kinds of eliminations and levels of exercise to help with cramps, none of which have worked.
Maybe it's just genetic and I have to deal with it instead of being able to fix it. If so, can you recommend the best way to decrease estrogen or increase progesterone? The wikipedia article cites some Chinese herbal supplements that are supposed to bind estrogen -- do any of those actually work for anyone? Also, which type of progesterone cream is best (safest, most effective) and what issues should I be aware of before using it?
NSAIDs don't work for me, either. My cousin said she used valium and oxycotinoxycontin. I'm not an addictive sort of person so I'm not opposed to the heavier-drugs route, but is there anything I should worry about, nutrition or health wise, if I'm taking those kinds of painkillers for a couple days every month?
I will, of course, ask my gyno these things and see if she'll get me a hormone panel in light of this new information about my family history before I go messing with anything.
So! To recap:
- Has anyone ever dealt with adenomyosis specifically?
- What's the best paleo-est way to decrease estrogen or increase progesterone? (Do estrogen-binding Chinese herbal supplements work, what progesterone cream is best...)
- What factors re: nutrition and health should I be aware of if I start taking valium and oxycotin oxycontin two or three days per month?
I appreciate any input!