Stop the bleeding!
October 19, 2010 1:29 PM Subscribe
I need dietary and lifestyle hacks for increasing my blood estrogen levels.
I am having persistent spotting from birth control that's progestin only. Obviously my blood estrogen levels are too low at this point to keep my uterine lining intact for more than a few days. Yes I have seen a doctor about this and the options laid out to me were wait it out or switch my method again.
I am out of good birth control options at this point unless I can get the spotting to stop on its own, so I need to know what to eat and what to do to help. I know that the progestin is getting me stuck in this feedback loop and that the simplest thing is to stop taking the progestin and my estrogen levels will sort themselves out again, but then I am left with no acceptable birth control choice other than barriers or copper IUDs, and that does not appeal.
I tried some quick Pubmed searches but I am not seeing any strong suggestion that eating a particular thing or things will help the production and bioavailability of estrogen in my body. Grapefruit juice is mentioned as prolonging the half life of synthetic estradiol in the blood, but not sure if that applies to natural estrogens as well. Other foods I need to eat? What about small amounts of alcohol? Any other hacks so I can literally stop the bleeding?