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Maca Talk: F.A.Q.'s: Women's Issues

WOMEN'S ISSUES, HRT RELATED, ETC.

This page lists assorted questions and answers related to maca root and its effects on women's bodies. The categories are broad in nature and some overlap categories on other pages of our archives, so explore as many as you can to become an expert...

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) & Balancing |
Birth Control, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding | Menopause | Estrogen Replacement | Hysterectomies | Breast Cancer | Miscellaneous

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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) & Balancing

#1- Maca Question:

I am on Evorel HRT patches and want to change to maca...

Do I snip off the corners to reduce the patch whilst commencing the maca?

#1- Maca Magic Answer:
We recommend you consult your Doctor about trying MACA HRT. Its an entirely new way to address endocrine balancing without causing atrophy of the glands as some commercial hormone replacement therapies do.

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#2- Maca Question:

My wife & I have started on maca recently. She is on it to try to sort her woman problems. She finds the taste of maca hard to swallow. She can take the HRT, but is there enough maca in the HRT or does she need the maca as well?

In addition, her metabolism is slow. Would the Adrenal be a help?

#2- Maca Magic Answer:
Maca HRT is pleasant tasting especially with a small shot of water. It is fast, effective, and utilized throughout the USA because of its reputation... It works!

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#3- Maca Question:

Can one take your Adrenalift and HRT at the same time or should it be taken separately?

Since they both contain maca...

#3- Maca Magic Answer:
I would take them separately, on different days and rotate them. Also, it's a good idea to give your body a rest and not take any maca products every once and a while.

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#4 Maca Question:

Does a person have to take maca for the rest of his/ her life to maintain hormonal balance?

I am perimenopausal and experiencing extreme symptoms. I've been using progesterone cream and have modified my diet along w/ taking pharmaceutical grade vitamins. This has been the case for over a month and although my symptoms have improved, they are still quite uncomfortable, especially the spaciness/ brain fog, fatigue, digestive disorders, headaches and anxiety.

Does a person have to take Maca for the rest of his/ her life to maintain hormonal balance, or once Maca balances this problem, can one discontinue taking this product? Also, can this product be safely taken w/ a high grade vitamin supplement which has amino acids (I'm assuming amino acids are in Maca)

#4- Maca Magic Answer:
You may use maca as needed. Some people find it useful for a period of one or two months on, and a few weeks off, then another cycle of one or two months. There is no set standard dosage. It works different than other herbs or drugs because it allows the endocrine system to regulate itself, rather than introducing hormones form outside the body. Yes, maca has a fairly good amino acid profile considering it's a root vegetable. The key attribute, in your case however, are novel types of Alkaloids which have an immediate effect on the hypothalamus pituitary axis. From there, the entire endocrine system is activated.

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#5- Maca Question:

I have menopausal problems, the greatest being sweats. I am on HRT patches at present and wish to wean off them but begin taking maca (it sounds good) to fill the gap, and hopefully be able to come right off HRT treatment or cut back the use greatly. Will this work?


#5- Maca Magic Answer:
MotherNature.com gives our MACA HRT a five star review for handling exactly the problems you mention. Please, try it. We receive many testimonials from practitioners and clients as well.

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#6- Maca Question:

What is the difference between Maca Magic HRT and Maca Magic Extract Express?

In addition, her metabolism is slow. Would the Adrenal be a help?

#6- Maca Magic Answer:
Maca HRT is formulated specifically for hormone balancing, which is a combination of herbs that work synergistically together. HRT contains Maca, Vitex berry, Dandelion, Sarsaparilla, Oat extract (Avena Sativa), Raspberry leaf, and Anis in a base of vegetable glycerin, distilled water and organic grain alcohol.

The Maca extract is simply whole Maca root extract in a base of 40% certified organic grain alcohol. Maca acts as an adaptogen (tones, balances and strengthens over all body functions). It has hormone balancing affects, as well as supporting the endocrine system.

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#7- Maca Question:

There is a statement on your website that taking MACA is contraindicated for "Women with a history of breast cancer or other types of hormone-related cancer also fall into this group."...

My sister has had breast cancer (lobular invasive) in 2002 at age 48. My doctor has indicated that because of this history in my family, I should not take HRT. I currently take Remifemin but it is not helping. Is MACA a suitable alternative for me? (I am 54 yrs of age).

#7- Maca Magic Answer:
If you are wondering about the side effects of the maca, there are not actually any contraindications for maca. We do not recommend taking maca if you have had breast or prostate cancer. For more information, please specify which product you are interested in, and what your concerns are.

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Birth Control, Pregnancy, & Breastfeeding

#1- Maca Question:

Please can you email me as soon as possible to let me know if it is safe to take Maca Magic Express Extract while 5 months + pregnant...

as there is a disclaimer on the bottle which I suspect is not really relevant - please could you reply as soon as possible as this woman really needs the help Maca can give - in my opinion.

#1- Maca Magic Answer:
We absolutely cannot (do not) recommend Maca for someone who is pregnant.

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#2- Maca Question:

Is it allright for me to take maca while I'm breastfeeding?

Hi I'm a breastfeeding mum, baby is 5 weeks, is it alright for me to take the Maca Powder, and also is it safe to give to my 2 yr and 3 yr. old? My mum has ordered your powder and she is so happy with it, and now I'm excited to try it.

#2- Maca Magic Answer:
It should be ok for the MOM, however, Not for the CHILD or baby. Also please note it can increase the MOMS fertility.

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#3- Maca Question:

I am pregnant and feel that maca would be good for me to take during my pregnancy, but...

... I know there are a few companies who sell Maca that say it is unsafe during pregnancy. Can you please direct me to a doctor who you know is very familiar with Maca and could give me an educated opinion about taking Maca during pregnancy? I really hope to talk to someone soon!!!!

#3- Maca Magic Answer:
We cannot recomend maca while you are pregnant. While maca is non-toxic even at high doses, it does stimulate graffian folicals- (stimulates fertility) and it would be unwise for us to try and answer your question, because there seem to be no studies that indicate it's safety during pregnancy. We simply do not know. There have been studies with animals however, which indicate maca increases birth weights and the size of litters. Maca is also frequently used by woman after giving birth, or to become pregnant. Perhaps peruvian woman in the Andes would be better able to answer this question as they have been using maca for several hundred years. So far, in the USA, there have been no studies that we know of that can help answer your questions.



#4- Maca Question:

I'm pregnant and would like to find out if taking the multivitamins prescribed by my MD and the maca would have any negative effects on me or my baby?


#4- Maca Magic Answer:
We do not recommend maca during pregnancy. The implications are unknown and have not been studied. However, it is commonly used in Peru during preganacy and has a long history for increasing birth weights of animals.

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#5- Maca Question:

Is maca safe for people on birth control?

I have read a lot about Maca, and how it is safe and without side effects, but is it safe for people on birth control? Are there known interactions?

#5- Maca Magic Answer:
Maca stimulates the graffian folicles, therefore it can increase fertility. It is not known how it interacts with birth control pills.

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#6- Maca Question:

Can I safely take macaroot without it counteracting the injection I get for birth control?

I bought some maca root the other day and I have not taken it yet because I read it increases fertitlity. I am currently getting deprovera injections to prevent pregnancy but I need a sexual increase for me and my husband and I read about maca root.

#6- Maca Magic Answer:
This is an interesting question. For one, Maca does increase fertility and desire and it stimulates the graffian folicles in women and increases seminal flow in men. It can also help women through menopause, dryness, depression and ease PMS. It can also help EDD and low libido issues in men. At this point there is no solid information regarding depro and maca, so the question is interesting because we don't know how to answer it. At this point we would advise you NOT to use maca because of the risk of increased ovulation/ pregnancy.

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Menopause

#1- Maca Question:

I have been using maca for three years...

Four and a half weeks ago I missed a few days while on vacation and decided to give it a break for a while to see if I noticed any difference. I was only taking 2 capsules (1100 mg per day) and yet after 4 1/2 weeks I started postmenopausal bleeding.

I have searched the internet and can find nothing which would suggest that this is expected. PLEASE give me some feedback on this as my doctor wants to know what this maca that I have been taking is. She seems to think that my bleeding is a reaction to ceasing maca. If I have a serious problem I don't want it swept under the carpet. Please be responsible and give me ANY data which you have on the negative effects of maca.

#1- Maca Magic Answer:
Yes, Maca has a profound effect on menstrual regulation, that is one of the reason people use it and also one of the side effects/ both positive and negative/ it depends on what you are using it for. Sorry, we are not able to address medical issues. However, we have heard others mention small changes such as yours that are said to pass quickly. Please, as always, consult with your Doctor.

As you know, Maca has a profound effect on the entire endocrine system. There must have been some reason you continued using Maca for so long. If your Doctor was aware of that, what was the reason you have stayed on it? You might take look at "wholeworld botanicals" web site. They have some great Maca products and also information regarding woman's issues.



#2- Maca Question:

I started taking Maca root to help me with my menopause problems. My doctor put me on preemptor but I am scared of the side affects it has. Therefore, I will try Maca root. My sex drive is very low. Do you think I can take a 25mg DHEA with two pills a day of MACA ROOT 500 mg?

Will it hurt me to take that much? I am 44 years old.

#2- Maca Magic Answer:
There is little evidence of any contraindications that would indicate dangers in the use of maca in conjunction with hormone replacement therapies. However, it would be wise to have your doctor monitor the situation. You may need to adjust your dosages or quit one or the other altogether depending on your reaction to the maca supplementation, or in this case, reaction to the conventional HRT. In many cases, it may become unnecessary to continue the use of conventional HRT since maca enhance the bodies natural functions, conventional HRT many be come redundant. In any case, each person is different and maca will not work for everyone. You should

definitely consult with your Doctor, and ask your Doctor look at the research on maca, the endocrine system and HRT..

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#3- Maca Question:

Will maca interfere with the synthetic thyroid hormone, levoxy, that I am taking?

I am a 46 year old woman experiencing premenopausal symptoms: fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, muscle and joint soreness, etc. Maca was recommended to me but I am wondering if it will interfere with the synthetic thyroid hormone, levoxyl, that I am taking for chronic Hashimotos thyroiditis.?

#3- Maca Magic Answer:
There are no studies to help answer your questions. However, maca is an excellent tonic that many people find compatable with all types of medications and treatments.

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Estrogen Replacement

#1- Maca Question:

Is it ok to mix maca and Progesterone and other estrogen replacement therapies?


#1- Maca Magic Answer:
Maca is a well know Hormone and endocrine system adaptogen. It offers 4 unique alkaloids found in no other plant. These alkaloids are shown to augment the bodies natural endocrine function and assist in bringing balance to the endocrine system and normalizing hormone function. There is little evidence of any contraindications that would indicate dangers in the use of maca in conjunction with hormone replacement therapies.

However, it would be wise to have your doctor monitor the situation. You may need to adjust your dosages or quit one or the other alltogether -depending on your reaction to the maca supplementation, or in this case, reaction to the conventional HRT. In many cases it may become unnecessary to continue the use of conventional HRT since maca enhance the bodies natural functions, thus conventional HRT may become redundant. In any case, each person is different and maca will not work for everyone. You should definitely consult with your doctor, and ask your doctor look at the research on maca, the endocrine system and HRT.

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#2- Maca Question:

Can maca be taken safely alongside ERT (Estrogen Replacement Therapy)?

I use 75mcg Femseven patch (UK)? Can Maca be taken? I already have some but will not take it unless I know it to be safe to take with ERT, as I do not want it to increase the Estrogen in my body that the patch is compensating for and in doing so increasing the breast cancer risk.


#2- Maca Magic Answer:
There are no studies we have seen that show any contraindications when using maca and conventional HRT. We have heard of several woman who have had success using both, while gradually decreasing the synthetic hormone. However, it would be very wise to consult your medicinal professional. Maca does not appear to contribute to any hormones directly. Rather it helps the endocrine system balance natural hormone production. Sorry we cannot be more specific.

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#3- Maca Question:

I have a Doctor that wants me to start using Progesterone to thin the lining of the Uterus. I've read that Maca can help with "female issues”. I am not pre-menopausal but I have been told I have more estrogen in my body. Which product would you recommend?


#3- Maca Magic Answer:
We don't think there is enough research to support a precise answer to your questions. We can send you some information that we do have on our Maca Magic HRT.
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Hysterectomies

#1- Maca Question:

I have been reading the information on your website with much interest, as I have had a full hysterectomy 7 years ago...

and a friend recommended to me that I use a "maca" powder. I had been using HRT (Ogen) for a few years, but this caused many headaches, so I stopped its use completely. I understand from my blood test that I have low testosterone (.2%) and low progesterone as well as low oestrogen count 11, as well as low thyroid function. (I assume I did not have these problems prior to the op).

The purpose of my email is to ask you if the Maca root powder would be suitable for me (I do not have flushes, but have dry skin, hair thinning, eyebrows and other body hair thinning also). Do you think the powder would stimulate my body to make more oestrogen/ testosterone/ stimulate thyroid function? I have gained approximately 5kg per year since the op. and have lost muscle tone and gained belly fat also. I am only 45 and lack energy/ drive and am at a loss as to what to try to do to get my body back on track and functioning properly.

I am a very positive person and have a wonderful family supporting me, I walk with my husband for 40 mins every morning up/ down hills and eat a healthy diet of lean meats/ fruits/ vegies and sandwhiches for lunch and have maybe 1 take away per week. Hopefully your maca powder could possibly stimulate the pituary gland which in turn would assist to get my body working properly again. I look forward to your reply.

#14- Maca Magic Answer:
We would be glad to send you some free Maca. I would recomend the capsules, whole maca powders (if you make smoothies or shakes) and also a liquid Maca HRT extract. I see you are in Australia, so if you're willing to pay shipping (??$15-$25??) we will be glad to send bottle of free product for you to try. Why? We think you will benifit from it.

We do sell into stores in New Zealand, but only bulk in Australia. So we would have to ship from USA. In the package I can send you some medical reports about Maca and HRT that are recently published. hyroid irradiated, or were on various thyroid medications, and they reacted stongly to maca. Both good and bad.

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#2- Maca Question:

About 3 years ago I had a partial hysterectomy. Could you please let me know which maca would be right for me?

Could you please let me know which Maca would be right for me. About 3yrs ago I had a partial Hysterectomy. I have been using the Progesterone cream going on about 3 yrs. I have been taking the progesterone cream because I can't seen to balance out my hormones. I get really bad headaches and have no energy if I go off of the progesterone. Which Maca should I use the powder or the HRT drops?

#2- Maca Magic Answer:
We would suggest you try any form of Maca. If you are inclined to use the powder it is more cost effective and has many of the same properties as the liquids. Maca Magic Hrt was formulated for addressing issues with Menopause and Hormone un-balance. It is fast acting and recomended by practitioners who regularly use maca products. If you do not like to use the powders, or liquid you can also try tablets or capsules. The alkaloids in maca are show to work with the endocrine system and may offer some help. However please consult your medical practitioner.

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#3- Maca Question:

How long do I need to take the macaroot? I had a partial hysterecomy about 3 years ago and still have not been able to get my hormones in balance...

For the past 6 mos. I have been taking Progesterone Cream. But still on a month to month basis I know my hormones are not balanced. I exercise regularly, and still in my mid stomach area I feel very bloated all the time. My question's are is it ok for me to switch from the progesterone cream to the macaroot without any affects? And for how long do I need to take the Maca root for and does the dosage change after a time?

#3- Maca Magic Answer:
We have not seen any contraindications mentioned for Progesterone cream and maca. It may be worthwhile to try the maca in small doses, 1/2 spoonful daily to see how the changes work for you. Its best to keep up with the maca for 4-6 days than take one or two days off, but there is no established regime. Many women mention a benefit after the 4th day, and we have seen other reports indicating that's the time for your body to fully utilize the maca root alkaloids. As always, consult with your doctor before hand.

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Breast Cancer

#1- Maca Question:

I was just diagnosed with breast cancer...

...in April 2004 - had chemo and radiation and am left with life altering hot flashes - can't live like this - it's just awful. Can I use your product safely as am concerned about stimulating estrogen - please fill me in.

#1- Maca Magic Answer:
As you may well know, Maca has been an excellent supplement for most women regarding hot flashes, etc. When it works, it works very fast and is highly effective, especially our Maca-HRT product designed to treat hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and mental focus. However, with your concern for it overstimulating estrogen, there may be some cautioning indicated before utilizing maca after breast cancer. We have had several questions about this topic, and here is what we have found: At this point there is no exacting information either way. One study showed it did NOT raise estrogen in females, (nor testosterone in males). Instead maca acted on the hypothalmus-pitutary in an entirely different way by augmenting the way the endocrine system utilized the hormones it already produces rather that providing anything itself.

The truth of the matter is this. We do not know for sure. There are many women who are also asking the same thing and it would be worthy of a study. In any case, if you did choose to try maca, a regular check up of your estrogen level would be in order and to do this under the supervision of a natural path who could monitor this for you. By the way, Maca also contains natural isothiocyanate compounds which are shown to combat cancers as well as various antioxidant properties. So this makes your question even more interesting medically. Thank you so much for your questions. We’re sure within some years there will be universities or drug companies that will sponsor a clinical trial pertaining to this issue. Best of health to you!


Miscellaneous

#1- Maca Question:

I am a 36 year old woman and have female pattern hairloss...

So I'd like to ask a question about its effect on testosterone. Im worried about what maca will do to my testosterone level? I have always had low testosterone levels when checked by my endocrinologist. My hair follicles must be very sensitive. Worried it may excacerbate the hair loss if maca raises my testosterone. Do you have any experience or knowledge concerning maca and female hairloss?

#1- Maca Magic Answer:
Maca has been shown to help regulate hormone levels, help the body utilize them better and to enable the various glands in the endocrine system to function more efectivly. I have not seen any studies showing maca raises testosterone, in fact the PAF in San Francisco study on men who have no testosterone at all, due to prostate drug therapy (Androgen deprivation), indicated it did not increase testosterone levels in their study. Maca worked in an entirely different manner than other drugs or suppliments. I would suspect in your case, it will help/ aid in the regulation of normal hormone balance. Many women indicate it maca helps slow to reverse hair loss and bone loss, and increase hair growth and growth of nails etc. It is surmised this is due to unique alkaloids found only in maca, which work on the hypothalamus pituitary axis and in turn effect the entire endocrine system.

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