There are a number of health claims and alternative medicine regimes circulating the internet — some good, some bad. Like any health care decision, it’s best to consult a medical professional before significantly altering your diet, exercise routine, or anything else. It’s also beneficial to educate yourself on specific medical claims, especially when it comes to menstruation health. So if you’ve heard of "seed cycling" and have felt intrigued, confused, or a combination of both, know that you’re not alone. It can be difficult, if not nearly impossible, to wade through the plethora of information about this alternative practice.
Seed cycling refers to the practice of ingesting certain types of seeds during the course of your menstrual cycle to help support hormone balance. And it is thought to produce significant outcomes. “If you have irregular periods, painful periods, PMS, heavy flow, menopause symptoms, PCOS, endometriosis, or are coming off of birth control, then seed cycling might be for you,” Dr. Jess Peatros , MD, tells Woman’s Day.
While there isn’t a significant amount of research on the purported benefits of seed cycling and how it may or may not impact your hormones during menstruation, many people who use this method to curb period pain swear by it.
So let’s take a deep dive into what seed cycling is, how it works, and whether or not it’s for you. What is seed cycling?
“Seed cycling is the use of specific seeds during different phases of the menstrual cycle to help promote hormone […]