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PCOS Supplements: 5 Most Common
on Sep 15, 2012
by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
If you have PCOS related infertility, try these PCOS supplements that will help you overcome polycystic ovarian syndrome to get pregnant faster.
If you have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, you have probably heard about PCOS supplements and their benefits. The supplements used in treating PCOS aim at inducing regular ovulation, lowering androgens and modifying insulin resistance. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
5 Most Efficient PCOS Supplements
Traditionally used by Ayurvedic medicine in diabetic related conditions, d-Pinitol has become very popular for treating PCOS. D-Pinitol balances sex hormones, improves ovulation and decreases testosterone levels. D-Pinitol vitamins come in capsules and their main role is to support ovarian health and insulin sensitivity. D-Pinitol supplements contain chromium, a mineral known to improve blood sugar control. Another effective ingredient of this formula is vitamin D. Deficiencies of vitamin D have been reported to occur in women suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and have been linked to biochemical abnormalities. Combined with calcium, vitamin D will also help in treating uterine bleeding and developing ovarian follicles.
Vitex helps with problems related to ovulation and infertility. It stimulates the production of progesterone; therefore, it is good for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, as they confront with lack of progesterone. PCOS patients also have high levels of prolactin, which has a bad effect on fertility. Vitex normalizes the levels of prolactin, thus increasing the chances of conception. Moreover, it has an important role in maintaining normal ovarian function.
Biotin is part of the B-vitamin complex. Biotin controls insulin and glucose, improving blood sugar metabolism and many metabolic processes. Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome may also suffer from impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), which can precede diabetes, and may present a high risk of cardiovascular disease. Biotin improves glucose tolerance and decreases blood sugar levels.
The lignans found in Flax seeds increase sex hormone binding globulin also known as SHBG. This nutritional supplement reduces testosterone secretion in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Flax seeds can decrease cholesterol levels and normalize blood sugar levels. They can also reduce high levels of androgens, which are associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Flax seeds oil contains phytoestrogens that ensure the hormonal balance.
Metformin is used to improve insulin resistance, promoting normal ovulation. It decreases the blood sugar levels and, consequently, the androgens levels. Metformin helps regulating menstrual cycles, supports ovulation and lowers the risk of miscarriage. It is more effective when combined with Clomiphene.
Supplements, as the name suggests, complement and support a specific diet or specific medication. They should be administered only after consulting a specialist that can tell you which one is suitable for you.
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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)