Have you heard of seed cycling?

The topic came up while chatting with Nat and Elle on The Period Party late last year and I decided that it was worth a little investigating. I dug through the articles on the interwebs and discovered this whole subculture of women who were using seed cycling to regulate their menstrual cycles, get their absent periods to come back and get rid of painful periods. Who knew?!

Here’s the deal…

Estrogen and progesterone are two of the key hormones that help regulate your menstrual cycle. Estrogen levels rise during the first half of the cycle, whereas progesterone levels rise (while estrogen levels slowly decline) during the second half of your cycle.

An imbalance between estrogen and progesterone throughout this cycle, can contribute to emotional and physical PMS symptoms, menstrual cramps, acne, short luteal phases, anovulation and irregular cycles to name a few.

Seed cycling is a technique that helps your body naturally re-balance it’s hormone levels (namely estrogen and progesterone) by including different seeds (flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower) during the two different phases of your menstrual cycle.

The concept is fairly simple: The seed hulls contain lignans, which are chemicals that help bind up excess hormones, while the seed oils contain essential fatty acids that provide the building blocks for making hormones.

So I decided to try it out for myself…

the eternal experimenter – and I had some pretty cool results. Mind you, I don’t have irregular cycles or anything too out of the ordinary but I do have a little cramping on the first day of my period and my basal temperatures are sometimes all over the place.

I began seed cycling at the beginning of the year and 3 months later I can say that my temps in both phases of my cycle are much more consistent (no wacky peaks and valleys) and there are less cramps during my period. I figured if this helped me, it could probably help you!

How to do Seed Cycling

Seed cycling should be done according to your menstrual cycle if it is regular, or according to the phases of the moon cycle if your own cycle is irregular or absent. For instance, you would start with Phase 1 of the seed cycling protocol on the first day of the new moon and begin phase 2 of the protocol approximately 14 days later when the moon is full.

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 4.14.19 PM

Today I’m giving away a pretty rad Seed Cycling Protocol guide just because I love you! As I mentioned above, I did a bunch of research on the best practices for seed cycling and they’re all in there. I hope you try it out and tell me how it went for you.

Oh and feel free to share it with anyone in your life, including the guys! I’ve got a section in there for them too. 🙂

In the comments, tell me if you’ve tried seed cycling before and what your experience was. If not, are you gonna try it now?