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5/31/13 8:58 P

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Well I've been on Insulite Labs for a week and a half and my period came on suddenly. I had skipped almost 2 months and took this and I have one right now. I don't feel any bad side effects so far. It's a lot of pills to take in the day. I did forget the pills inbetween meals once or twice. But I love it so far. Energy is up, period is started!

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5/28/13 11:23 A

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I think it is great that we can all learn more about PCOS and how to control symptoms naturally. My fertility doctor has me on metformin and I would like to try some natural remedies such as the vitex and D chiro inositol. My question is, should I continue to use metformin if I start to use the natural herbs? Right now the only supplements I am taking are a prenatal multivitamin (2 pills one with fish oil, etc) and metformin. I am not pregnant yet, but we are going to try another IUI soon. Having my first IUI experience and finding out it didn't work was a very hard thing for me but also a wake up call that I need to start getting my life and body in order. Any help is welcome!

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AUTUMNLEAF81's Photo AUTUMNLEAF81 Posts: 690
5/24/13 9:38 A

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Right now I'm just starting Insulite Labs PCOS system, I'm on day 5. They use natural herbs and combine a lot of them. It's a lot of pills to take at once and isn't the cheapest but I'm testing it out. They mention you may not see quick results but it has worked for people. I will let everyone know how it works out for me. So far I have not experiences side effects, I'm always worried about allergies since I've had new ones pop up now and then.

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4/23/13 5:11 P

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I just want to say thank you for this thread, I'd totally given up on any other methods other than Metformin. I'm 40 years old and I want to have a baby, but these problems just get on top of me. I'm so happy there are other alternatives and hopefully I may have a chance, although slim because of my age, and my weight issues, there is still a sliver of an opportunity to have a family.

My question is there are quite a few natural tablets mentioned here as a natural remedy, are there any side effects of taking them all at once?

Thanks so much again!

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1/13/13 5:48 P

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There is some amazing information here! Keep up the great information-gathering work!

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AMANDAKYTE's Photo AMANDAKYTE Posts: 64
1/10/13 11:35 A

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I am so glad to see other cysters going the natural route. I have attempted to take metformin 3 seperate times and i always have to quit about a month in because my side effects are so awful.

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1/7/13 12:29 A

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Thanks for the tip on the spearmint tea. I will give that a try.

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11/30/12 12:59 P

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2 cups of spearmint tea a day is supposed to help reduce acne and facial hair, or at least that is what women say on other PCOS blogs. There is a study that showed that spearmint reduced the levels of free testosterone in women, but it was a small study and only over a 5 day period. I giving it a try though as a drink caffine tas all day every day anyway.

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11/19/12 5:54 A

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Hi There!

I am quite new to Sparkpeople and the Boards, this is my first post! I have PCOS and my doctor is OK but as long as I am on the pill she hasn't been too informative about other options. Now that I am approaching 40 and overweight she has insisted I come off the combined pill and I am now taking a Progesterone only. This one is not strong enough to keep the symptoms at bay and I am starting to get a lot of facial hair growth. She has told me to lose weight as it will probably help with the hair but easier said than done, right!?

Anyway, my question is this. I don't want to get pregnant so I am continuing on the pill, but I am afraid to start taking herbal supplements in case they interfere with the pill (I don't want kids!!). I heard Saw Palmetto can interrupt the function of the pill, etc. Do any of you have advice you can share about this?

Thanks in advance!

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11/18/12 1:36 P

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Another really great natural solution is Complex B Vitamins.

-C. Range


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11/17/12 9:30 P

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There is great information here! Thanks!

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11/7/12 3:24 A

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What a great thread! Thank you so much.
Quick Question, when you talk about Licorice is it okay to have it as the Licorice sticks is should you have it in pill form?

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You have all been such a wealth of information..thank you so much!!

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I'm so glad i came across this thread!! i've been really struggling with my metformin. I have bowel problems and abdominal pain when eating certain foods. I've been taking it for a couple months now. I have a doctor appointment this week but i'm going to try your guys suggestions!! there must be a better way!! Thanks!

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My doctor always said birth control was my route, but that NEVER does anything but mask the problems. I decided on my own to start dieting in the hopes that losing this massive amount of extra weight would help my body reverse some of the problems I've had with PCOS. So far I'm down 25 pounds and I actually think I ovulated. I haven't had a natural cycle in 6 months and since I'm getting married soon, I have to consider the idea of having children. I definitely don't want to use Clomid or even more extreme methods to conceive, I would like to do it naturally. So hopefully low carb/ high protein is the way that will help me do it! If I have to take vitex though I'm okay with that

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7/18/12 3:04 P

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Here is an article I came across the other day, thought you all might like to see. And I agree Dawnography.

Herbs and PCOS
Herbs are extremely useful in treating PCOS. Making changes and adding supplements to your diet will help control weight and balance blood sugar, while herbs go a step further, targeting any problems involving hormone balance.
• Chaste tree (Vitex Agnus castus) is one of the most important herbs for PCOS because it helps stimulate and normalize the function of the pituitary gland, which controls the release of luteinizing hormone (LH). Chaste tree has been successfully trialed in the treatment of PCOS as well as infertility. It enhances progesterone levels, which lengthen the menstrual cycle. Chaste tree has been shown to improve fertility due to its effects on decreasing oestrogen and androgens which, when elevated, are responsible for cycles with no ovulation (anovulation).
• Adrenal tonics such as Rehmannia, Rhodiola, Siberian Ginseng and Withania support the adrenal stress response and help the adrenal glands return to a state of balance.
• Paeonia lactiflora (peony) is another valuable herb as it positively influences low progesterone, reduces elevated androgens (testosterone) and modulates oestrogen and prolactin.
• Licorice, especially combined with peony, helps regulate hormones, reduce androgen levels and improve the LH to FSH ratio.
• Gymnema is helpful in reducing carbohydrate and sugar cravings, thereby assisting in weight loss. Gymnema is one of the most significant herbs to improve insulin resistance.
• Tribulus helps restore menstrual regularity and regulate ovulation.
• Blue Cohosh is a particularly useful herb. It acts as a uterine and ovarian tonic and a pelvic anti-inflammatory.
• Saw Palmetto, a traditional male reproductive herb used to control excess testosterone, offers promising results for hirsuitism.
• Milk thistle, rosemary, Bupleurum and Schizandra are excellent liver herbs, aiding in the removal of excess oestrogen.


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DAWNOGRAPHY's Photo DAWNOGRAPHY Posts: 25
7/18/12 10:25 A

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I have been fortunate to have a doctor that encourages my natural approach. Infact 3 years ago when he first diagnosed me he put me on birth control and metformin, but he also referred me to a nutritionist and said he hoped he could get me off the meds once I had lost some weight. He is thrilled I no longer have to take metformin. In fact last time I saw him (about a month ago) I was complaing about a 5lb weight gain, and he just laughed at me because I was still down 12 lbs from the previous time he saw me (6 months before). He said I look great and i need to look at the bigger picture. From his perspective I have lost weight between each visit, he reminded me that my weight will fluctuate but the overall trend has been consistantly downward. Doctors who just throw pills at a problem and dont take a personal interest in their patients are not good doctors in my opinion. Pills dont make us healthy. We all deserve to have medical professionals who treat us as a whole person and encourages us to be healthy.

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7/18/12 1:17 A

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I have done tons of research and have spoken to several herbslists. Try doing some research on your own to see what works for you. Most MDs don't seem to want to give any thought to natural methods. I don't like chemical pharmecuticals so for me they are a last resort. Good luck everyone with your personal decisions and progress!!

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ACALIAA-Curious how you knew what to try for the facial hair. I'm on spironolactone now (low dose) to see if it'll help and I don't see anything really happening. So I pluck, bleach, and remove it with cream stuff.

**If anyone has a better idea about ditching the facial/neck hair, PLEASE let me know!**

I've been on Metformin for a few years now. I recently had my dose cut in half (down to 250 ER) b/c I kept getting lightheaded and had signs of low blood sugar throughout the day. Also had my bp med cut in half. I get the Depo-Provera inj. every quarter so I won't have my period and it helps with the cysts. Haven't had a period in about 3 years!

I'd love to try some of the more natural stuff, but I'm afraid of it interacting with one of the many other meds I take (for other things). Are any of your drs open to working on it naturally? I can't picture mine encouraging it.

Your pointers here are very interesting though. Thanks for the info! emoticon

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7/15/12 12:24 P

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I am dealing with my PCOS naturally. I cannot take metformin because the side affects were very hard on me. Here are a few things i do. First and most important is a healthy low glycemic index diet. I started my weight loss reading "The New Glucose Revolution: Guide To Living Well With PCOS. Second I made exercise a priority. These two things alone have done wonders for me. I also take several natural supplements every day. I use Royal Jelly to help control my hormones. Royal Jelly is what bees make to feed the queen bee. It is what gives her the ability to reproduce. Royal Jelly is great for many endocrine disorders.I also take a B complex every day, as PCOS makes us B vitamin deficient.I also add cinnamon to my daily smootie. I eat tons of fruits and vegetables which help me get the vitamins and minerals i need naturally. I love this topic because i love winning with PCOS naturally. 

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7/14/12 2:47 P

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There are a number of good books out there for dealing with PCOS naturally. Check your local (or online!) bookstore!

Lost 65lbs in 15 months to get healthy and in top shape to try to get pregnant, and succeeded! Had our first baby in February 2013!

I only gained 32lbs in my pregnancy (and immediately lost half within a few weeks of his birth). April 1st is my full restart date.


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I have found that eating right for PCOS ( Low to no carb is essential to stop the insulin reaction) Also, I have discovered that most of us have symptoms of a fatty liver! This actually blocks weight loss and created more insulin! Milk thistle is a wonderful herb to take to nourish the liver. There is a book called "The Blood Sugar Solution" By Mark Hyman MD that is really good and talks about the proper way to eat and about the liver. There is also some research you can do look up Dr. Tori Hudson online. I was fortunate not to experience Metformin problems myself but through my sister and have spent a long time trying to find a different path. If any of you would like to friend me please feel free. I would like to help anyone I can. I am my own guinea pig lol. I also talk to an herbalist at the wonderful health store I go to that also has PCOS. She is teeny tiny and hairless but showed me an old picture that made me do a double take!

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7/13/12 10:50 A

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I'm very thankful to see someone experimenting with something besides Metformin. When I had been taking it, it just made eating a miserable experience and I felt worse rather than better. I don't remember how long I'd been taking it, but it had been at least a few weeks if not a couple months. It also didn't help that the pills themselves were huge and I had difficulty swallowing them. My endocrinologist at the time was unsympathetic and told me to ground them up and drink them in orange juice, which would have tasted awful & I hate orange juice, haha.

It's worried me since if I should be taking it despite all that. I've read elsewhere online that others have had really bad reactions to it (way worse than mine) and refused to take it. I was wondering if there were other options besides Metformin to treat a lot of PCOS symptoms out there so this is great to see! Thank you so much for sharing!

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The brand is Kal. It's in a silver bottle with a white cap and label. I get mine from a herbal health store, but you can find it online as well. Isn't it amazing how the vitex helps with pregnancy! it also helps balance hormones. I wouldn't worry too much about the progesterone causing cancer. it seems it's only a potential problem when it is combined with estrogen or so I've been told. The Saw Palmetto helps lower all the man issues we have lol it won't take current hair away but it helps new from sprouting and at 12$ a bottle (month Supply) it's not too bad.

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Where do you get the blood control defense? I haven't heard of it but I definitely think it is something I could benefit from. I really need to start some natural methods for the PCOS -- especially to help in the losing weight part. I have been using Vaniqua and it seems to help with the facial hair. I've used the progesterone cream before but I have to admit I am a bit afraid of using too much/for too long because of the cancer risk. I did take omega 3 for quite awhile and they did help with weight stuff... have to go back to those, I think. thanks for the info. Oh, and took vitex about 11 years ago and got pg with my 2nd daughter and it obviously worked great! Might have to look into that again even though I am not looking to have more babies.

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Thanks so much!

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After watching my sister have problem after problem with Metformin I decided I wanted to try something different. So after a lot of research this is the method I am using. I hope it can help someone else.

MY symptoms:

belly fat and weight gain if I look at a carb, cysts on breast and ovaries, facial and belly hair, acne, tired all the time, no periods, wonky hormones.

My natural solutions:
Saw Palmetto to stop any more hairs from sprouting, Blood Sugar defense ( a great mix of herbs cinnamon and chromium), Vitex (also known as chaste tree berry) and Natural Progesterone cream ( I use Happy Pms) I started on a great omega 3, Vitamin D3, Vit C and Vitamin E.

My effects after 1 month:
I have gone from 186 to 177 with no exercise (back injury) my cysts have minimized, I had my first period in 9 months! ( i am so excited about this) I feel better. I am going to now add low carb or even no carb eating to this and some walking now that I can and see what happens! I am no expert by any means and please research on your own but it's working for me! (knock on wood) emoticon

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