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 :-)
I like. Good thinking there. I do NOT understand hormones at ALL. I've been meaning to research, but I'm hoping that someone will just serve up some easy-to-digest info on a plate(since I didn't get a dinner invite)... ! :)
My period became normal after a few months on iodine. I started off with tiny baby doses, too, because I bought some off brand, not Lugol's.
The menses used to start then stop, only to begin again. I read that that could be a symptom of adredal fatique. Can you believe my elation nowadays to have a normal period of about 3 days instead of dealing with the mess for a week or more? I figure it is the Iodine and all the C doses I take all day- maybe the adrenals are better now!!!
Men may be able to imagine how much better that is for a girl!
Humaworm caused an ocean of blood to just free flow out, it was soooo much, RG said it is the way a woman's body cleanses and detoxes itself, and it is a good thing!
So maybe that is what is happening to you? Detox symptoms perhaps?
Sometimes that seems to happen with holistic protocols, we are working on one area and end up healing something unexpected! Usually some research sheds light on why.
In this case, the adrenal fatigue seemed to fit the whole menstrual weirdness story, and I didn't realize that C is a major healing vitamin for the adrenals. I was going to wait until after the Iodine supping to work on them, but I guess we are all actually doing a lot more good than we think! So Iodine and who knows which companion nutrients...helped.
I guess the body likes to say thanks to us in different ways. That is so great, because the iodine thing isn't always a piece of cake! :)
Maybe about 3 weeks? Plus, even though they recommend not to, I did two months worth back to back for liver flukes. I got the first order without wormwood just to make sure the kidneys weren't too punished.
Seriously, it was an ocean. Forgive my blatentness but it went through my pants and that NEVER happens at my age! I even brought the attention to my hubby since it was such a weird event. Thats when I emailed Humaworm and they said, don't worry! It is a cleaning pricess for females.
Thanks to everyone for the most helpful replies! I think that, thus far, after 3 months of supplementing with iodine, all signs are pointing towards detox at this point. The "kinks" really do seem to be working themselves out with each cycle. At the risk of providing too much information, my periods seem to be getting closer and closer to what they were prior to using hormonal birth control -- spotting aside, of course. I do feel that things are normalizing -- which is exciting!
Re the lengthening of menstrual cycle-
intuition tells me possible issues of the pituitary/pineal gland?
Have you addressed flouride issues yet with it's displacer, boron? Reccommended as cofactor of iodine supplementation.
Boron is known as a primer of female hormone receptors and upping estrogen production..
Also oddball, but I was treating a cat in heat who had major fungal issues in the skin with lugol's, fat-soluable vitamins and boron.
Her heat symtoms would -soar- after patting down her back with ted's mange remedy (2 tblsp borax diluted in 1L water with 15drops 35% hydrogen peroxide).
Forget not thou the role of vit A in menstrual health! Wombat's threads on vitamin A and the integrity of mucosal membranes are very helpful - especially on the topic of high vit A supplementation relieving excessive PMS and menstrual bleeding. Normalizes these excesses, helps also in cases of continual nosebleeds.