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  1. The only thing I would worry about soy is if you have iron deficiency anemia. Soy can inhibit the absorption of iron. So, around the time when I'm menstruating, I switch to hemp. If your iron levels are fine, I wouldn't worry about it. Soy protein is actually quite tasty and I've gotten good results from it
  2. I'm exposed the same things my sister, niece, and mom are exposed to. None of them have hormonal problems. In fact, I would say I'm exposed to less "harmful" stuff than they are since I eat more organic stuff and don't eat meat or consume dairy products. I just have a hard time believing that it's the plastic containers I eat out of, or salad dressing messing up my hormones. The body isn't that fragile. Even with phytoestrogens which are found in many plant foods aren't consumed enough to make an impact on female hormones.. Especially an impact strong enough to cause infertility and cyst growth. As far as family history goes for reproductive issues, there's not much I know. Everything seems fine on my mom's side of the family, but I don't know anything about my dad's side. For all I know, PCOS or endometriosis run in the family and I got unlucky. We won't know until I get more testing done. Maybe I don't have anything wrong with me. Maybe my body is out of whack from stress or something.
  3. It's not in your best interest to call your manager an idiot.. Even though it can be tempting lol! The Master Cleanse is a fad diet. Fad diets aren't going to go away anytime soon. I personally wouldn't worry about it. People at my work talk about stuff like this too and I usually don't offer any input unless I'm asked.
  4. The cysts were diagnosed during a routine pelvic exam. Most women are diagnosed this way, and they usually don't know they have cysts since a majority of women don't experience symptoms. It's important to get your yearly pelvic exam! I was dumb and didn't have one for almost 3 years.
  5. I don't think it's my environment causing this problem. There are primary and secondary sources of disease. Primary being that it's genetic, secondary being that it's environmental. I mentioned in my long storybook post that I've had issues with menstruating since I was a teenager. I'll go more into detail with this: I first started getting a period when I was 11. By time I was 12, I was bleeding very heavily and experienced cramping that was severe enough to make me sick to my stomach, and I would sometimes miss school, or go home early from school because of the pain. I started taking birth control pills when I was 16 to regulate my hormones and I took them for 7 years. I stopped taking birth control pills mainly because of the side effects. I experienced depression, headaches, and fatigue. A year ago is when I stopped taking the birth control pills, and that's when my symptoms began. My symptoms were a result of my body having to rely on its own hormone production without the aid of medication. My doctor told me that hormone imbalance after taking the pill for such a long time was normal, and that the problem would resolve itself in a few months. Since they didn't, I went back to the doctor and that's when the long process of diagnosing and testing began (blood tests, urine tests, x-rays etc.). I was first diagnosed with IBS, and then with recurring bladder infections. It was just recently that it was determined I have ovarian cysts (which are extremely common in young women anyways). I was booked for a sonogram, which is next month, and we'll find out exactly what kind of cysts they are. I also mentioned in my earlier post that I'm not a fan of naturopathic medicine. I'm very scientific. I don't believe modern medicine has failed me. It's just a process of elimination. I understand that it's easier to test for a bladder infection, which is extremely common and causes pelvic pain, rather than sending someone for an ultrasound to test for something less common. I understand how the process works, as I also have a small medical background (I have an education in veterinary medicine, and my father is a retired EMT). I ultimately believe that prevention should be more focused on in modern medicine, so I take good care myself. However, sometimes we are just born with parts that don't work quite right.
  6. You only need to take 5g a day. So just one serving. I've never heard of anyone having those side effects. When I take it, I usually feel more energetic, and I retain a little water so I look "fluffier". But that's it. If creatine is making you feel weird, maybe you shouldn't take it? You can gain size without it. Just eat more That said, creatine isn't really necessary. Your body makes its own, and you can obtain it through diet by eating meat (yuck), so creatine supplementation is a vegan-friendly way to get that into your diet.
  7. I only use extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar (from ITALY!!) on my salads. I also don't do flax, as it gives me the shits. I don't think it's my diet contributing to my hormonal problem. I've had this problem for about a year now. The ovaries are what produce the female hormones anyways. Mine are just.. Messed up! Lol! I've had issues with my period even as a teenager. I remember my first period hurt like hell. I was 12. I was terrified because I bled so much I thought I was gonna die! I started taking birth control around age 16 and stopped taking them a year ago. The pills regulated me and controlled my hormones and my PMS symptoms pretty much disappeared.. But birth control pills gave me headaches, nausea, and bouts of depression so I quit taking them. I also quit taking them so that I could build muscle easier. (Which I can now, unfortunately, I can also grow a mustache). Irregular periods are extremely common in young women. I'm not too worried about it.
  8. Like.. 1 cup of soy milk. That's it.
  9. Actually I saw a picture of an ovarian cyst. I was like "EEEEEEW" Dermoid cysts are even more ing! But I love to be grossed out. And I don't care, I'll talk about my periods. If I didn't, then I'd be suffering in silence wondering what's wrong with me. I have seen my doctor so many times about this subject. It first began last year when I stopped getting a period. I had hot flashes, acne, my hair fell out, and I developed hirsutism. My doctor sent me for bloodwork to test my blood glucose and thyroid. A couple months later I saw my doctor again and he sent me for more bloodwork and they tested my hormone levels. They didn't find anything wrong. I got my period back after 3 months of not having one, but it was irregular. I would get my period every month and a half. The pelvic pain started around October/November. I was diagnosed with a bladder infection and took antibiotics. The thing is, I don't know how I got it because I had no symptoms of a bladder infection (such as painful urinating). I am one of those people that drinks a lot of water throughout the day too. Anyways, I got through it, but the pain stayed. I went back to the doctor and he thought that the infection probably didn't clear up completely. He told me to go to the lab and do a urine test but due to work, I didn't find the time. I kept ignoring the pain, thinking it would go away on its own. I was working full time anyways and the doctor's office was closed on weekends (which at the time, were the only days I would get off). Then one day, at work, I started having severe pelvic pain. I went to the ER and waited about 3 hours to see a doctor. I had more blood taken and they did a urine test. I had a bladder infection again and I was still baffled as to how I developed that without having any symptoms other than the pelvic pain. I was given a prescription for ciprofloxacin and sent home. Then one day (this was scary) on May 1st (we were moving so I remember the date) I got up in the morning and I had to pee. I went to the washroom but I COULD NOT URINATE!! I was like "oh shit I'm gonna die". I eventually did go pee but only little bits could come out at a time, and I had to strain. Then a few hours later, I was fine. As if nothing happened. Bizzare. I also noticed strange spotting in between my periods. That is what promped the doctor to do a pelvic exam. That's when he found the cysts. The only annoying part is the pain I get. Usually at work because I'm sitting for long periods of time. I also get the pain when I stand for long periods of time.. Or in the middle of the night. Okay, it's quite random lol! Ibuprofen won't touch the pain. I'm gonna try acetominophen next, but I only take it if the pain is really bad. I'm not much of a pill-popper. I think that pain is my body's way of communicating with me, and it forces me to slow down and take a rest. My doctor offered to prescribe me stronger painkillers but I said "no." Besides, I can't be gorked at work. My job requires a lot of mental focus. So that's my story. It's taken me almost a year to really pinpoint what's wrong. I now know it's my reproductive system giving me a hard time. My doctor tells me that it's common, and a lot of young women go through the same thing. That's why I posted here, because I figured at least one lady here has gone through the same thing. I even posted a little bit on Facebook, but only one person actually spoke to me about it. Rightfully so, not all women are as.. Open to talking about their parts! Hahaha! Me? I don't care. I have nothing to be ashamed of.
  10. Why does that blue face show up when I say the "d" word. BLARG
  11. Oh I'm sorry. I forgot. Girls aren't allowed to talk about their "girl parts" but it's okay for men to talk about THEIR issues.. Because talking about sweaty balls is okay. Talking about erectile dysfunction is okay, but it's ing the second a woman mentions her ovaries or her uterus. Next time I want to discuss a health matter in an adult way, I'll go to an all women site so I don't offend any of the delicate little men around here. Good grief. P.S: Yes I have moodswings. It's part of my ovaries being fucked up. Oops.. I mean.. marshmallow-kitten-lady-no-no-spot.
  12. Most ovarian cysts disappear on their own within a few months anyhow. Most ovarian cysts also produce no symptoms. The ones that don't go away are usually the ones that keep growing, ones that are cancerous (very rare in women under 40), or endometriomas (chocolate cysts). So, it's very possible that the cysts just went away on their own, like most do, while using the yam cream. I will admit, I'm extremely skeptical of anyone who claims that just using some kind of vegetable-derived cream is going to cure a health problem. I'm going to go to my ultrasound appointment and find out what kind of cyst it is before I decide on a treatment plan (with my doctor). I'm not trying to sound rude or anything.. I'm just.. not into "natural remedies". I've tried some for other ailments that never worked.
  13. Today I had a pelvic exam and my doc found a cyst on my ovary. It bloody hurt when he poked it too! I've been scheduled for a pelvic ultrasound next month. Anyone here ever have ovarian cysts? If so, I have some questions. 1. What did you do to manage the pain 2. Is it safe to workout? I've heard you shouldn't do any strenuous activity because it could cause the cyst to rupture.
  14. HERE I AM!! Hahahaha! Ok, so it sounds like you have IBS-C.. Which, lucky for you, so do I, and lucky for us, it's the best kind to have. IBS-D is much much worse from what I hear. Anyways.. Diet: You need to write down the foods that bother you and try to avoid them. Every patient is different so go through this checklist first: Citrus fruits (the acid bothers many people), Raw veggies (tougher to digest than cooked veggies), coniferous veggies (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower), chocolate, alcohol, anything containing gluten, soy products, coffee, carbonated beverages,beans, nuts and seeds. For people with IBS-C it's recommended to take a daily fibre supplement. I use Metamucil. You can get it in wafer form, or powdered form. I take the powdered form myself. It's cheaper, and well, I drink lots of water anyhow. I personally like the flavour of it, although most people disagree with me! Haha! You have to bolt it back so that it doesn't get all slimy at the bottom of the glass. Also, I pretty much eat the same thing every single day. I have a list of "safe" foods that I eat such as oatmeal, bananas, cereal, spinach etc. However, this list will vary from person to person. I have found that eating small, frequent meals is the way to go. If I eat a big meal, I just get bloated and uncomfortable. Also, I would strongly suggest taking omega 3 supplements. You can get flaxseed or hempseed oil, or eat walnuts (which may or may not bother you). I eat salmon, so that's how I get mine. Obviously, not vegan.. Which is why I didn't suggest it lol! It's also the reason I don't post here much Anyways, my IBS has vastly improved with just knowing what bugs me and what doesn't, and by getting my omega 3s.. I drink water all day long too which I noticed you are already doing. That's good! I should also mention that the worst thing for IBS is STRESS!! The best thing: Exercise! Hope I was of some help
  15. Yeah, I don't think Vega is worth the heavy price tag it has. Seems like that stuff gets more expensive every few months or so. I used to buy it, but now it's just ridiculous.
  16. I think compound exercises are the way to go regardless of how big you are. If you're overweight you should focus more on diet and cardio anyway, I would think. While bulking, I used to eat a lot of tofu but my body could not handle it. It worsened my IBS, so needless to say, I stay away from eating many soy products. I'll eat tofu maybe once a week now. Oatmeal is probably one of my favorite bulking foods Oatmeal with cinnamon, chunks of walnuts, and drizzled with agave nectar. Mmm mmm good! I also drink a lot of calories.. Chocolate almond milk is a nice treat! So are fruity smoothies with a scoop of hemp powder.
  17. Way to turn a funny thread into something disturbing, Joe
  18. I'm really disappointed.. The most ing photo for number one didn't load up for me. I dunno why, but I love to be grossed out.. so I was looking forward to this.
  19. That is COOL! She's in better shape than I, at age 24!! Lol!
  20. I gave up coffee for one year and I never got over the headaches and insomnia. Going back to coffee was the best thing I ever did!!!
  21. Ok why is it that I can't watch the video unless I'm in the USA? How elitist... Grrrr
  22. I'm not so sure about this. Ephedrine works this way, by causing your adrenals to release larger amounts of catecholamines (adrenaline and noradrenaline). Caffeine basically works by enhancing the action of the normal amount of adrenaline that you produce (it inhibits the breakdown of the second messengers produced in response to adrenaline). There have been studies which show doctors make fewer mistakes on long shifts when they take caffeine. There have also been studies which showed benefit to weight lifters. Caffeine is a tool which can have significant benefits, but it can also cause physical dependence. It's a double-edged sword. I don't read Natural News because most of it is BS. I mean, just because it says "Dr." in front of his name, doesn't mean he has credentials to say such things. Is this guy even an MD? For all we know he could have gotten a doctorate in geology or something.
  23. The 10 minute thing is "warming up". It's recommended that everyone does a 10 minute warm-up before working out to avoid injury. After a warm-up, your performance will be better anyways which will yield better results.
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