Endometriosis is not a hormonal condition. It’s affected by estrogen but it’s not caused by estrogen or “estrogen dominance.”
Instead, endometriosis is a whole-body inflammatory and immune disease, and possibly a microbial disease.
What does that mean for treatment?
Natural anti-androgen supplements reduce testosterone or block its effects. In women, androgen blockers can improve the symptom of unwanted facial hair (hirsutism), usually associated with PCOS.
Successful treatment of heavy periods relies on identifying an underlying cause such as hormone imbalance (low progesterone), adenomyosis, or thyroid disease.
Treatment for heavy menstruation is to treat the cause as well as use general period-lightening strategies such as natural progesterone and a dairy-free diet.
Natural methods of birth control include fertility awareness-based methods, diaphragm, condoms, and the copper IUD or Paragard.
A vegan or exclusively plant-based diet can make periods lighter and less painful, which is good. Over time, however, a plant-based diet can cause irregular periods due by impairing ovulation and leading to low progesterone.
The main problem with an exclusively plant-based diet is that it cannot supply an adequate supply of important nutrients for periods including zinc, iodine, iron, vitamin A, and taurine.
Headaches. Anxiety. Insomnia. Brain fog. Hives. Nasal congestion. These are just a few of the symptoms of mast cell activation or high histamine.
Histamine symptoms are more common in women and often track with the menstrual cycle, occurring when estrogen is high at ovulation and then again just before the period.