If you’ve read my post about why I went vegan overnight, you know I’ve had issues regarding my health for almost nine months now, one of the symptoms being frequent periods. My periods were lasting two and a half to three weeks at a time with only one or two days between them and they were accompanied by awful cramps and terrible mood swings. I was miserable so after two months I asked my doctor to prescribe me birth control.
During my first month on the pill I noticed no difference in my cycle or in the severity of the cramps, so for the second month she upped my dosage. Again, there was no difference in my menstruation, but my mood swings seemed to worsen and I began experiencing really bad acne. My dosage was then upped for the second time but it just wasn’t helping. At this point, I really didn’t know what to do. I thought birth control was my only choice and that it was the end all be all. Then I stumbled upon seed cycling.
Seed cycling is a natural way to balance out your hormones over time by adding four different seeds to your diet, those being flax seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds. Your body is essentially on a 28 day cycle, the first half being the follicular phase (days 1-14) and the second half being the luteal phase (days 15-28). During the follicular phase, you’ll need to have a tbsp each of pumpkin and flax seeds every day. By introducing these, your body will detoxify and try and get rid of any extra estrogen. During the luteal phase, you’ll need to have a tbsp each of sunflower and sesame seeds. These two seeds help the production of progesterone and help establish and maintain balance between estrogen and progesterone. You can also introduce a tbsp of maca powder every morning in order to help regulate your cycle in terms of length, PMS, blood flow, and painful cramps.
Seed cycling is definitely not a quick fix but it’s definitely worth it and much better for you than birth control. The first month I didn’t notice a difference but during the second month, I noticed my periods were becoming shorter and they weren’t nearly as painful. By the third month I was only experiencing two periods a month, lasting seven to eight days with mild cramping. I’m now on the fourth month of seed cycling and my periods are occurring once a month for roughly seven to eight days. I’ve also noticed a huge difference in my skin and in my mood swings. I’m still experiencing cramps but they’re nowhere near as bad. It can definitely be scary going off the pill but it has been more than worth it.