I've been reading these forums for some time now, but this is my first post. After doing quite a bit of research, I began supplementing with Iodine (via Iodoral pills) in mid April. I built up to 50 mgs per day over the course of several weeks. Initially, I experienced about a week or so of detox symptoms, which salt loading helped to alleviate.
My question pertains to the effect of Iodine on the menstrual cycle. I have always had a relatively regular cycle; however, since taking iodine, my cycle has taken a rather strange turn. My cycle is gradually becoming longer (from 25-28 days to 30-32 days) and I have been experiencing brownish-pinkish spotting several days prior to my period, which seems slow to come. I have had quite a few clots during the last two periods. I am wondering if I am going through another detox period of sorts and my cycle/hormones are normalizing. I did (unfortunately) use birth control for 2 1/2 years and I have been off those evil buggers for a little over a year now. Since quitting the pill, my cycle was pretty normal and non-descriipt, until I started supplementing with iodine.
Has anyone else had any experience with this? I don't want to back off my dosage of iodine, because I am convinced that my body needs it, but I also don't want to screw up my hormones any further.
anything more than spotting is a detox symptom. the female of any species is not meant ot bleed and bleed. the body quickly recognizes that the blood letting that goes on truly helps rid the body of toxins and cleans the blood. this is why the amount of flow is directly indicative of the toxic load in serum and why periods get increasingly heavier as the person ages. its not age that does it, it is the amount of time that passes as toxins build up in the body.
you are correct about sticking with iodine. your hormones will even out after a while, given that you have the other things you need and are avoiding toxins in your diet and your usual paths of elimination are flowing freely. you are likely to see more changes before you are stabilized.
Yes, Iodine messes with hormones, big time. After I started supping, I had one perfect period and then nothing, for seven months. Then an 8 day period, and then nothing again for 5 months. Now they're back....
I'm not concerned because I figure that eradicating FBD is more important than a normal cycle at this point in my life.
I'll be 49 soon and had been perimenopausal for a few years before starting iodine.
I have no doubt that the BC that you were on did something, I took the pill for all of two months and it took a couple of YEARS for my cycle to normalize...
The answer to your question has to do with your comfort level with self-treatment.
Search the terms "menstrual" and "period", etc. within this forum. You'll see all sorts of irregularities reported.
Definitely detox (AND Iodine does do something to the hormonal balance, Wombat, fer sure)
When I was vegetarian, my period was super light, a day and a half usually. Any month I ate meat it was heavier.
Viktoras Kulvinkas, the guy who wrote Survival Into The 20th Century, says that healthy women should only have a clear discharge, like the rest of the animal kingdom. But he's kind of crazy. In a good way. He rocked my world when I was 18.
Iodine can have a wierd effect on periods in my experience as well, but it resolves. One of mine (periods) went missing last year, but now they have resumed as normal. Its the only time I have ever missed a period and I think it was to due to detox.
I was holding a little dinner party at my house :-)
Re: periods, I've been perimenopausal for a couple years also, and posted a couple of days ago that I just got a period for the first time since April, after 2 months on Iodoral.
It's been a funny period tho. I expected something very heavy, instead I'm getting very light flow that switches on & off. (I have -- had? -- a couple of small fibroid cysts and wondered if I might slough them off . . . )
My experience aside, I've been speculating lately that "perimenopause" at least in terms of a constellation of symptoms is in many cases just another result of Iodine deficiency. (When it's not due to toxicity, artificial hormones etc.)
More speculation: when a woman starts to raise her cellular Iodine levels, it might take months for her hormone levels to normalize, since the glandular system involves so many interrelated feedback loops. ALL the glands, from the pituitary to the thyroid to the ovaries, have to heal before the body's hormones can operate in anything like an optimal way. And since a woman's cycle is monthly, it might take multiple "turns" before things all get sorted out.
Guy Abraham found via the Iodine Project that it takes most people 3 months on 50 mg/day to reach iodine sufficiency -- some people take more -- so figure the 3 month mark is just the starting point of the process of normalizing a menstrual cycle.
How's that for some back of the envelope health math :-)