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When I was TTC my #3, I took 1000mg/day maca capsules.  I had extreme amounts of CM - and conceived the first cycle that I used maca.  Other than that, I had no effects from maca. 

 

Now, I'm TTC my #4 and started taking maca a few days ago (at the beginning of my cycle).  First, I used the Navitas maca powder.  I started at 1 tablespoon a day - resulting in a migraine.  Then I reduced to 1 teaspoon a day - and still got a migraine.  Yesterday, I only took 1000mg of maca capsules - just like when TTC my #3.  During the night I developed a migraine.  (FWIW, all of my maca migraines become very intense during the night.)

 

Does anyone have ideas about what could be wrong with me?  Why is maca causing migraines for me when it never did before?

 

I am gluten intolerant / gluten free now, but I don't think that maca contains gluten.  Excedrin Migraine works right away for the maca-induced migraines, though I really hate taking that when TTC.

 

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Not sure about the Migraines, but I took maca for a couple of months when ttc the first time, stopped for a few months and when I started taking it again it gave me terrible stomache cramps. This was the same maca from the same bottle and nothing else had changed. I sort of think maybe my body was sensitized to it by taking it the first time? Maybe the same is happening with you?

 

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Thanks Carlin :)  I've heard about the stomach issues - not fun. 

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So, I was doing a little more reading on Maca, just out of curiousity and/or boredom and it seems that it's actually considered a natural remedy for migraines??? Very strange.


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I've read this too.  Weird that I am getting the opposite...  Usually the only time I ever get migraines is shortly before AF starts or early AF.  This is making me think that maca is causing some kind of hormone issue, similar to getting AF.  The maca migraines are MUCH more severe than the AF ones, though.

 

I'm so disappointed that I can't take maca, as I'm afraid that I could really use the extra help ttc.
 

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So, I was doing a little more reading on Maca, just out of curiousity and/or boredom and it seems that it's actually considered a natural remedy for migraines??? Very strange.



 

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I know this thread is a few days old, but I just wanted to add that I, too, felt hesitant using maca (mainly b/c I wanted to wait to see if the supplements would work first) but also based on anecdotal evidence (migraines, etc.). It's hard to know with how things are going to react to your body!

 

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I had trouble with migraines related to maca powder. For me, it was clearly a withdrawal effect. I had to take maca every day, and even then I had troubles with little nagging headaches (these are always the warning that I'm eventually going to have a problem with a migraine). If I missed a day of maca, a 3 day migraine would set in, and nothing would help it.

 

I have a similar problem with coffee, coca-cola, black tea, green tea with added yerba mate.

BUT I don't have this problem with green tea alone, even at 4 cups of green tea a day. I do brew my green tea at 180 degrees or lower to lessen the amount of caffeine, but the cause of the migraine seems more complicated than simply caffeine content and caffeine withdrawal.

 

I loved the energy from maca and took it for menopause related issues which it seemed to help. But the migraines were too much of a problem to continue using it.

 

Few people I know have anything similar to these problems. . .  but for me this self-knowledge about what causes my migraines is very freeing.

 

Interesting to note that both caffeine and maca are also recommended to stop migraines, but I don't think that would work for me. Hair of the dog?

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