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    Question Does Black Cohosh induce periods?

    I decided to start taking Black Cohosh after reading about it here, so I bought some BC Root (500mg) last Thursday. I also bought some Vitamin B Complex (which I've taken before) and have been taking that around the same time I take the BC. I took my first BC tablet that evening around 6:00pm and the next day I noticed a bleed by lunch!
    Is Black Cohosh known to induce periods or what? I only have about 2 or 3 periods in a year so I was quite surprised. I'm also a lot heavier than usual and I had a lot of period pain that same night. It was horrible and had to take a pain killer in order to sleep.

    Everything seems okay now. Still bleeding but no pain.

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    It can sometimes take up to 3 months for herbs to have any noticeable effects in/on our bodies. I doubt that taking one Black Cohosh dosage was enough to start/induce your period. Chances are that your body was getting ready to have a period anyway. That in itself is a good sign
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    My mom started taking Black Cohash when she was told she was going through menapause because she didn't want to do HRT and someone recommended black cohash to help with hot flashes.

    She took her first dose before going to bed one night and had her period for the first time in almost a year the next day. Boy was she mad! It did help with the hot flashes though so she takes it when she's having bad ones. Almost every time she does, she has a period within a week. Oh, and just as a disclaimer, my mom is 47 now and that first dose was 3 years ago so she was pretty early for menapause anyway.
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    To Star_light,

    One doctor I spoke to about my lack of AF said that as well as cysts growing, the lining of the uterus would keep building up, but without an egg being released, would not be discharged at the usual time, but eventually there'd be a big bleed. I'm thinking you had the build up and taking the Black Cohosh was just enough to trigger it to release. I'd keep taking it for a couple of months and see if you do actually regulate.


    To jsttoomuch,

    I'd say the same thing happened with your mother. PCOS is often mis-diagnosed as peri-menopause. Black Cohosh is mostly recommended for menopausal symptoms anyway
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    Hmmmmm... now I'm having another period!

    Let's see... I bought and started taking the Black Cohosh on the 6th May, started a period sometime on the 7th (which lasted a good week, and was very heavy), and now I'm having another which started on the 28th. Wha's goin'on!?

    That's two in a row which is extremely rare for me! Still, I'm not complaining. I'd rather have lots of periods than none at all, lol.
    I've noticed my skin has smoothed down a lot and feels a lot softer too! It's a helluva lot better!!! I think it's working wonders at the moment and so shall stick at it!
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    Height: 5' 9"
    Starting weight: 180lbs (26th Nov '02)
    Current weight: 152lbs (28th Jul '03)
    Target weight: 140lbs
    Diagnosed w/PCOS: Dec '02
    Symptoms:
    Acne
    Fatigue
    Excess weight
    Ovarian cysts
    Few periods

    Medication:
    Started Spironolactone again (Aldactone 100mg) x1- 4th May '04
    Black Cohosh Root 500mg x1
    Vitamin B Complex x1
    GTF Chromium 200mcg x5

    Diet: Steamed salmon or chicken with veg. Fresh fruit, pure fruit juice and plenty of water.

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    It'll probably take a little while to settle into a regular cycle.
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