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Is it safe to take Wild Yam & Chaste Tree at the same time as a low dose estrogen patch?

By Anonymous July 7, 2013 - 11:27am
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I am currently on the lowest does of Minivelle patch, and want to be on something more natural. (I have heard that Wild Yam & Chaste Tree relieves the menopause symptoms, but that it takes a month to work). Is it safe to take both, until the Wild Yam kicks in? Thanks! D

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Researchers believe, wild yam contains a sapogenin called diosgenin. Disogenin is a precursor to the hormone progester¬≠one. Although yams do not actually contain proges¬≠terone, they do contain "plant estrogen" which does produce estrogenic effects. Wild yam extract has been shown to reduce fatigue, inflammation and stress related to menstruation. In fact, wild yam is a valuable anti-spasmodic, therefore, it is excellent in relieving menstrual cramps. In pregnant women, it is prompt in relieving nausea and can help prevent miscarriage. As with any new medication, you should discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks.  



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