I have been taking NAC-N-Acetylcysteine for over 5 months to manage endometriosis and this is my experience…
I want to start this blog by making a disclaimer that I am not a doctor and I am just blogging about my experience taking NAC to manage endometriosis. I am not a medical professional, I’m a person telling you about her experience and you should consult your doctor for medical advice before considering taking it.
What is NAC?Pure Encapsulations – NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine) 600 mg
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) is a supplement form of cysteine. Cysteine is a semi-essential amino acid. Overall NAC is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
How Can NAC help women with endometriosis?
NAC helps boost production of glutathione; an important antioxidant your body produces naturally that helps reduce free radical damage. NAC plays a role in your body detoxification of heavy metals and other harmful substances.
The most important quality of NAC for women with endometriosis is that research shows that NAC effectively treats ovarian endometriosis, it can help in the reduction in cysts sizes, has no side effects compared to currently adopted hormonal treatments, and it is not as invasive as other hormonal treatments; therefore, NAC preserves the fertility. Most importantly, NAC helps to relieve the pain of endometriosis and it significantly improves the ovulation rate, which in turn increased the chances of getting pregnant (improves fertility).
NAC is considered safe for adults as a prescription medication. However, high amounts may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,
I started taking NAC around five months ago under the care of a holistic doctor. I take three pills as follows: one in the morning, one in the afternoon and the last one at bedtime. The tricky part about my experience is that it is linked to other supplements, vitamins and holistic remedies which I started all at the same time. I still want to let you know about some of the improvements that I’ve had so far.
The most important improvement for me and that I believe is due to NAC is that I no longer have blood clots throughout my menstrual period or at least not the amount that I used to deal with. I was so out of touch with my body that I forgot what it felt to have a normal period and I was used to heavy blood clots, which became my normal. Excessive bleeding or passage of large blood clots can create dysmenorrhea or severe menstrual cramps. Because I had fewer blood clots my menstrual cramps became more tolerable.
I’ve always been consistent with my period but one of the benefits of NAC is to help regulate the menstrual cycle. In this aspect I don’t see significant change, but I believe is because I have always been consistent in the first place, but this might help other endo sisters. I just want to be transparent with all of you.
In the fertility aspect? Well… I am not pregnant yet, but I am putting all my positive energy in the hope that it will work, and that NAC will play a key role in me getting pregnant naturally.
I am mindful that holistic treatments take time and that most of the time you do not see results right away and that is why it has taken me a little over 5 months just to start discussing my experience with you guys. I want all of you to know that we are ALL different and one treatment that is working for me might or not work for you.
To tell you the truth, I was so excited after the first month of homeopathic treatment that I wanted to post it all over social media. After the first month, I immediately saw changes like my period coming without blood clots and the rectal bleeding being reduced only to one day before my period. Unfortunately, the rectal bleeding days before my period returned in the next couple of months but we are still treating it and I hope that with time it will get better.
Patience is the key here and that can be extremely frustrating when you are in a lot of pain. But I am using this alternative medicine as I wait to see the endo bowels specialist that my regular gynecologist referred me to. I believe that in the 6-12 months of semi-urgent wait time that I was given I can be proactive and use other methods to manage this ‘THING’ and not let it grow more as I sit and wait.
I hope I was able to give you a little bit of insight of my experience with NAC and please subscribe so you can be the first to know about the next supplements that I will be talking about. If you have any questions, please comment below and share if you liked it. I look forward to hearing from you.