Ladies, beware “natural” products containing phytoestrogen! July 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, catachesis, contraception, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Society.
Good reader TE alerted me yesterday to an “essential oil” product from Young Living containing phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogen is essentially natural birth control. Sold as a “beauty aid” or “support for the female glandular system,” I was advised by a local priest that phytoestrogen has strong capabilities to block conception. doTERRA, which seems quite popular among traditional Catholic women, sells products containing the substance. Phytoestrogen is sometimes sold alone and thus easy to identify, but it is also frequently mixed into other products.
Something else my wife has learned, however, is that phytoestrogen is found in many foods, and could play a role in women having difficulty conceiving. In addition, there are many foods and substances that can greatly lower progesterone levels, which my wife has learned is a factor in miscarriages (you see my interest).
A partial list of foods that contain high levels of phytoestrogens below:
soy nuts (anything soy or flax)
Regarding the lowering of progesterone, caffeine/chocolate are supposed to be bad. Foods that raise estrogen should be avoided. But there are some specific foods that are recommended to be avoided in order to avoid low progesterone levels:
My wife has a fuller list. I will try to post that later if possible.
Some of the above is a bit speculative but high doses of phytoestrogens have been used for birth control for millennia. Estrogen is known to lower progesterone, typically. Low progesterone is implicated by the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in being a frequent cause of miscarriage.
I just put this out as a brief public service. It may have no import for you at all, or it might.
Amazing the things learned, and forgotten, over time.