I'm interested in this. I see a naturopath and I truly believe he is what kept me from slipping into diabetes and heart disease these last 2.5 years. I haven't been sold on one of the latest supplements, though and I think I'd better stick it out and give it a good try. I'll definitely be talking to him more about pcos at my next appointment.
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I prefer supplements over prescriptions because of less side effects. The supplements give rather modest results. I take NAC, D-chiro-Inositol, Manganese, Saw Palmetto, and vitamin d3. The NAC is what I have been taking the longest and it makes me feel great. The saw palmetto is new to me and will hopefully help decrease the hirsutism.
My Dr. prescribed chasteberry supplements (1-2 400mg caps a day). I cant say that they have particularly helped my weight loss, but they are helping regulate my hormones. I am finally getting regular cycles for the first time in 8 years. I do have to be real diligent about taking them every day, or I get out of whack again.
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Thanks LIBELULITA for the resources. I hadn't heard of PCOSDiva or anything about those supplements. I've been taking Metformin for several months and absolutely nothing has happened. At least the side effects finally wore off!
But with this info, I can do some research and see if it'll help me. Thanks a bunch!
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LIBELULITA That is about your weightloss! Keep pushing forward!
I haven't tried too many supplements because the ones I did try upset my stomach. I had really bad indigestion from the chromium each time I tried it. Same thing with cinnamon. I do take a bcomplex, calcium/mag/zinc + d, and a regular multi but I have only been pretty regular on taking them recently so won't know if there will be a benefit until my next endo appt in Jan. I am really trying to keep up with these as I stink at taking vitamins most of the time.
D-chiro-Inositol is also supposed to work really well for women with insulin resistance and PCOS.
Good Luck and please share your experience with whatever supplements you choose.
I'm sorry to hear you are having problems getting the help you need. Doctors do like you to try and lose around 20 pounds before they precribe you Metformin but I'm presuming that you haven't been told this. I have decided to not take Metformin and take supplements to try and help and through a fantastic website called PCOSDiva I found information about how to eat (clean food), which foods to avoid if you have PCOS and supplements to help. I have lost 33 pounds in 2 months so something is working this time that hasn't in the past.
Here is a list of what I take. The majority of what I have chosen was to help with the insulin resistence and to stabalise blood sugars:
I have had difficulty getting a diagnosis and treatment, even though I have the majority of PCOS symptoms. My doctor told me I probably have a slight case of PCOS, prescribed birth control pills, and told me to try to lose weight. That doesn't really treat the issues itself though. I have been looking up alternative treatments to see if I can find anything that can help, and losing weight has been up hill battle.
The most common herbal supplements I have been able to find recommended online are Vitex, Dong Quai, Evening Primrose Oil. Has anyone tried any of these and received results?
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