What are the side effects of wild yam?
Wild yam is a climbing vine found in tropical and warmer climates historically used for food as well as medicine. Wild yam products are sold as "natural progesterone" and are generally well-tolerated without any side effects. The root contains several active compounds, in particular diosgenin and can be made into medications such as progesterone, estrogen, birth control pills, and other sex hormones.
Potential wild yam side effects
There's no reliable evidence to confirm that wild yam is converted into progesterone by the body or that it works to relieve any symptoms or conditions. But in large oral does, wild yam can cause mild side effects like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. However, there is little information available about the side effects of wild yam usage in adults.
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