Bee Propolis for women with mild endometriosis and infertility


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Reply Posted on: Jan 14, 2015 at 1:52pm
From my research online, "Bee propolis has been shown to be extremely anti-inflammatory which may reduce endometriosis."

On the internet, it is described as an excellent "natural antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory."

"One isolated study, published only in abstract form, tested bee propolis in women with mild endometriosis and infertility. Reportedly, researchers found that use of bee propolis at a dose of 500 mg twice daily resulted in a pregnancy rate of 60%, as compared to 20% in the placebo group, a difference that was statistically significant. 44 It is not clear why propolis should have this effect." ~

What are your thoughts on this? Would you recommend using it during pregnancy for those diagnosed with mild or "silent" endo?
Waiting for my rainbow

Dr. Braverman

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RE: Bee Propolis for women with mild endometriosis and infertility Posted on: Jan 14, 2015 at 7:51pm
It is a study from an Egyptian group involving n=40 patients only, undergoing laparoscopy and being infertile for the past 2 years (that was their only criteria). No information on the ENDO stage, or anything immunity related. The same team showed (abstract only ) that instilled solution containing propolis minimize adhesion after laparoscopy.Besides these two studies, NOTHING on the topic and because nothing is detailed, I don’t think this is relevant regarding endometriosis.Moreover, propolis (among others herbal products) has been reported to increase pregnancy complications in Italian women (n=392) but it looks like it decreases inflammatory cytokines and induces IL-4.To conclude, no known mechanisms, no clear evidences, no real clinical data set so patients should not use it , in addition allergic reactions have been reported.
Dr. Jeffrey Braverman MD FACOG
Medical Director
Braverman Reproductive Immunology P.C.