I was given 2 Lupron shots. And I am not exaggerating when I say they were the worst 2 months of my life.
Solid Sleeper Turned Into An Insomniac
In my case, the worst side effect of all was insomnia.
I had been a good sleeper throughout my life, and had no idea how excruciatingly painful insomnia can be. I was exhausted but still could not fall asleep. And because I couldn’t sleep at night, I was utterly dysfunctional during the day.
Because of lack of sleep, I was constantly tired and irritated. I had fights with my husband, and even snapped at my daughter once. It was terrible.
I looked forward to entering the 3rd month after starting Lupron – when I would be “officially off Lupron”.
But it wasn’t so simple.
Why Do I Still Have Insomnia?
The good news was that once Lupron started to wear off, my normal personality started coming back, and the hot flashes went away.
But the insomnia stayed with me. No matter how I much I exhausted myself during the day in order to be able to sleep at night, I just lay on bed, feeling completely alert, for hours at night. And then the next day, I would be walking around like a zombie, drained of energy.
I tried many things just so I could sleep better – exercising at different times of the day, yoga, meditation, psychological counseling, cutting out my morning cup of tea, warm bath 2 hours before bed, journaling, asking my husband to let me sleep by myself in a quiet room. All these tricks helped only marginally.
But fundamentally, it felt as if the switch that normally exists in a healthy person, the one which gets turned off when you go to sleep, was broken and needed repair.
Finally A Clue For Salvation….
One day, I was exploring nutritional supplements and came across the information that “maca root nourishes the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis.“
That long phrase rang a bell – Wasn’t Lupron (and all other GnRH agonists) supposed to suppress the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis?
By then, it had been 5 months since my last dose of Lupron. My insomnia wasn’t going away, and I had no option but to try it. I did some more research, and ordered some maca capsules.
And it seemed to work on me. After 4 weeks of taking maca, I was sleeping a lot better. After 8 weeks, my sleepless nights were down to approximately once once every 5-6 days. There were still bad days, but the change was tangible.
It was around then that I realized the maca was starting to give me too much excess energy at night, so I halved the dosage.
Would Maca Have Helped Ease My Estrogen Dominance In The First Place?
Now I cannot help thinking that if I had discovered maca before seeing the doctor, I might have resolved my hormonal balance effectively without side effects.
Word of Caution About Maca…
In the next post, I will share with you the brand name of the maca I used. There are a variety of maca phenotypes, some with androgenic effects. You need to avoid those and chose those that are suitable for women.