PCOS Awareness Month: My Top Four Supplements

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PCOS represents one of the most common reasons a couple may have trouble conceiving.  What better time than PCOS Awareness Month to revisit the best supplements for this very common syndrome.

Because PCOS is a metabolic disorder, there are many health risk factors aside from the fertility ones, such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes. Aside from the fertility symptoms of irregular periods, high androgens, and cystic ovaries, it may also present in several other ways. Since the syndrome is characterised by insulin resistance, there may also be increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.

The good news is that there are lots of lifestyle, diet, exercise solutions. There are also some supplements that have a lot of great research behind them. Here are my four favourites.

  1. Myo-inisitol is an insulin-sensitizing supplement which decreases testosterone and is a marker of egg quality.

  2. N-acetyl Cysteine: This little know powerhouse has the effect of supporting fertility in PCOS patients by reducing inflammation and increasing the production of antioxidants. It also reduces insulin levels and increases insulin sensitivity.

  3. Vit D: adequate levels of the sunshine vitamin is associated with many good fertility outcomes. For example low Vitamin D levels is associate with low AMH levels. For PCOS, it also improves insulin resistance and reduces androgen levels.

  4. Omegas: Omega fish oils have a wide spectrum of beneficial effects. They reduce inflammation, improve cardiovascular health, relieve depression among other things. In the case of PCOS, it also improves insulin resistance.

With my patients, I tend to use both supplements and acupuncture to regulate the period and increase the number of ovulatory cycles by improving blood flow into the pelvic basin. If you have any questions about your particular situation, please call and book a 15 minute free phone consultation.