There are SO many recommendations for what medicines, supplements, and vitamins those of us with PCOS should take. What is amazing is that there are some things that work wonders for some gals, while those same things may not make a difference for others. It is both confusing and overwhelming. Here is a short list of what I take now, and why.
I should begin by saying that, as far as I could tell, Metformin did nothing for me. Our fertility specialist felt certain that Metformin would help regulate my blood sugar, which would in turn help regulate my cycles. After six months on Metformin, I was not noticing any improvements. Not only were my cycles not regular, they were non-existent. I replaced Metformin with Pregnitude twice per day, and Glucorein PCOS once per day. So let’s start there:
Pregnitude- This is a powder containing 200mcg of folic acid, and 2000 mg of myo-inositol. Pregnitude (despite its cheesy name) supports ovulatory function and quality of eggs. I have been taking Pregnitude for about three weeks, and had the first period I have had on my own (without meds) in probably six months. The Pregnitude is more expensive than the Metformin was, but if it works, it is soooo worth it!
Glucorein for PCOS– Glucorein’s main ingredient is chlorogenic acid, and it also contains L-Cycsteine, which is a naturally occurring amino acid. L-Cysteine has been shown to reduce BMI, fasting insulin, free testosterone (major problem for those of us with PCOS), and menstrual irregularity.
Juice Plus- I started taking this long before being diagnosed with PCOS. I noticed a big difference when I began taking this. I take it in place of multi-vitamins. Juice Plus+ does not make me feel nauseated or hungry, like vitamins have in the past. I think it also helps with my energy level.
Evening Primrose Oil- I take this during the first ten days of my cycle, and then not again until day one of my next cycle. EPO should be taken from cycle day one until the day of ovulation. Since I do not ovulate regularly, I take it from cycle day one to ten just to be on the safe side. Evening Primrose Oil helps increase cervical fluid and improve metabolic function.
Cinnamon- I posted recently about the benefits of cinnamon. Cinnamon improves blood glucose control, which is an issue for those of us with PCOS, reduces the drastic rise in blood sugar after meals, and improves the effectiveness of insulin.
Magnesium – It has been found that women with PCOS often have low-grade inflammation, which magnesium helps with. Magnesium also helps with sleep, which is a huge factor in balancing hormones!
Vitamin D- This is free, because we get it from the sun! For women with PCOS it is important to commit to spending at least fifteen minutes per day in the sunshine, every single day. If you can, have some skin exposed, and don’t wear shoes. Many women with PCOS have Vitamin D deficiency, which is a shame since Vitamin D is beneficial for improving infertility, breast health, nervous system health, and weight control. It may be beneficial to take Vitamin D in capsule form during the winter when, at least for me, it is difficult to be outside!
Omega 3 EFA Supplement or Fish Oils- Eating essential fatty acids (EFAs) helps manage weight, produce balanced hormones, and creates a healthy environment for conception.
Other things that would be GREAT to take, and that I may try one day if I find that what I am doing now is not effective:
Maca- Maca has a history of boosting hormone production and libido. It is high in minerals and essential fatty acids.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil- This is a great source of Vitamin D, if spending time in the sun is not quite doing the trick. It is also a great source of Omega 3s and fatty acids. Warning: This can be a tad pricey.
Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex)- In addition to helping night sweats, this may regulate cycles by normalizing FSH and LH. Chaste Tree Berry may also minimally increase progesterone production. This should be taken 400mg-800mg 3 times per day for eight to twelve weeks. Thereafter, 400mg should be taken every day.
I suppose this list could go on and on. There are so many things out there! But these are the things that I could practically see myself taking in the future,
if need be.