I’ve been reading about stevia’s hormonal effects. I’m wondering if my irregular menses could be linked to my excessive stevia use. I’m looking for advice on what blood tests I should get to gather some data.
For about 6 years I used stevia with no issues. However, a year and a half ago I heavily increased my stevia use from around 14 scoops per day to around 66+ scoops per day. The exact stevia is the white powder, organic stevia extract from Whole Foods. One scoop is .03 tsp. Now, I put it in every meal, snack, and almost every drink. I’m obsessed!
Around the same time that I increased my stevia intake, my menses became irregular for the first time ever. I thought it was due to my caloric deficit. But it was a mild deficit. I didn’t lose that much weight. Furthermore more, for the last year, I ate at or above maintenance calories. But my menses are still irregular.
I got my FHS, LH, and prolactin tested. The doctor said the levels were normal. I want to find an abnormality in my hormones or something in me before I quit stevia. This way I could get better data on what stevia is (if it is) exactly affecting. I think the data I find could be helpful to others.
What tests should I get besides the three I already took? Is there a company I could get the tests from or do I have to go to the doctor?