Does Seed Cycling for PCOS really work? Forget about regular day pretties! What about us? What about the irregular cycle angels? 

Every month is not the same month for us. Though it seemed unbothered, it becomes a nightmare when you are married. Calculating the ovulation day becomes hectic. 

So, are we cursed? Not really. Though our hormones have encountered a drift, now it’s time to reverse the hormones back to their work. And yes, Hormone Holiday is Over! 

Is Seed Cycling really a game-changer? If this is your question, do not worry! Let us discuss the true facts and myths about Seed Cycling in detail. 

What is Seed Cycling for PCOS?

Seed cycling for PCOS is a diet supplementation that has been believed to reverse your hormones causing irregular periods. It mainly includes 4 different seeds namely,

  • Flax Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds
  •  Sunflower Seeds

We can split this into two phases. Follicular Phase and Luteal Phase. 

Follicular Phase – 1 to 14 Days – Flax Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds

The follicular phase includes Flax Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds. You can take one tablespoon of both seeds in the 1 to 14 days of your menstruation cycle. You can consume it raw or mix it with smoothies as your tongue wish! You can take Flax seeds in the morning and Pumpkin seeds in the evening or vice versa. 

Flax seeds work well in the morning. When you take it as a drink or a shake, your body may fail to get enough nutrients out of it. I would suggest you grind it before consuming it. 

Though it has not been scientifically proven, a small study has been conducted on Seed Cycling for POCS. According to a study conducted over 18 women, the flax seeds have increased the luteal phase and lengthened the ovulation phase.

During the follicular phase, estrogen levels in your body steadily increase for ovulation. As the flax seeds contain phytoestrogens, it helps you to balance your estrogen levels. If your estrogen levels are high, flaxseed lignans eliminate the excess estrogens from your body.

Pumpkin seeds, a rich source of Zinc, increase progesterone hormones before ovulation. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial to reduce inflammation and support other reproductive functions. You can take high-quality fatty fish or fish oil supplements in order to boost the intake of Omega-3 fatty acids in your body. If you are a vegan, you can try taking algae-based Omega-3 fatty acid supplements. 

Luteal Phase – 15 to 28 Days – Sesame Seeds and Sunflower Seeds

Once you have successfully completed taking flax seeds and pumpkin seeds upto day 14, now it is your 15th day. From here, you can start consuming Sesame seeds and Sunflower seeds. 

The luteal phase begins after your ovulation day. If you are not sure when your ovulation starts, here are the few ovulation symptoms that many women might experience on their ovulation days. You can also rely on the ovulation kit to be more confident about your ovulation day. 

Symptoms of Ovulation

  • Fertile Cervical Mucus
  • Increased Sex Drive
  • Sore Breasts
  • Bloating
  • Mild Abdominal Cramps
  • Change in Body Temperature
  • Positive Ovulation test

Coming back to the luteal phase, your body might experience a sudden drop in estrogen levels after ovulation. On the contrary, your Progesterone hormones might steadily increase and line up on the uterine wall. Estrogen also increases to prepare your body for the menstrual cycle. If your estrogen levels are higher than normal, you might experience painful PMS (Pre Menstrual Symptoms) resulting in painful periods. 

Progesterone is the main hormone that controls the estrogen hormones. So, now we are using Sesame seeds and Sunflower seeds to help our body produce progesterone. 

Sesame Seeds, high in Zinc and Selenium, blocks excess estrogen production that helps in balancing the hormones. And, the Sunflower seeds, a rich source of Vitamin E, supports the progesterone levels. 

Tip: In the Luteal phase, you can ground and consume Sesame Seeds while you can take whole Sunflower seeds without grinding. 

How to Do Seed Cycling for PCOS?

Many women are confused about the levels of taking the seeds. 

  • Take 1 tablespoon of each seed according to your phase
  • If you wish to grind it, grind the seeds needed for a week and store it
  • Switch the seeds on the day of ovulation
  • Switch the seeds on the first day of your menstruation 

Adding seeds to your diet is not a tedious thing. Instead of taking the soaked seeds, you can try an alternative way. 

  • Try blending the seeds to the Smoothie 
  • Sprinkle it on your Oatmeal or on your breakfast meal
  • Drink it along with your energy drink

Do I Need To Consume Seeds in the Empty Stomach?

Seed cycling not only cures your irregular periods naturally but also helps you lose weight naturally. I would like to break down a myth here. It is not that you need to take Flax seeds or pumpkin seeds on an empty stomach in the morning. Instead, you can have your favorite tea or coffee before having the seeds. But, it is better to take seeds in the morning rather than in the afternoon or night.

Why?

Because not only flax seeds but every seed you consume takes more time to digest. So, having seeds in the morning helps your body to absorb its nutrients throughout the day. 

What are the Side Effects of Seed Cycling for PCOS?

As the seeds are organic, you will not get adverse or problematic side effects. Instead, you might have mild side effects that resemble your menstruation symptoms. It includes, 

  • Increased Mood Swings
  • Hot Sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Less Hair Loss

How long does Seed Cycling For PCOS take to Work?

Seed Cycling takes time to work with your body. As it is an organic way, you will reverse your hormones successfully within three months on a daily intake of seeds. It depends on the women’s body. Some may take just one cycle to reverse their hormones. Where few women may take more than 2 months. Do not lose hope! Believe in the process and start reversing your hormones. Happy Reversing!

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