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Inositols for PCOS

More research is showing the benefits of taking inositols for PCOS

Patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often visit Texas Fertility Center for help managing this condition so that they can conceive. Our Austin infertility doctors can recommend lifestyle changes as well as fertility treatments like ovulation induction medications and IUI. However, these aren’t the only options for PCOS patients. Research has started to identify the benefits of taking inositols for PCOS.

A quick refresher on polycystic ovary syndrome

Before exploring this fertility supplement, it makes sense to talk a bit about polycystic ovary syndrome. This is a common condition among women of reproductive age and can cause many symptoms.

  • Irregular or absent periods
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Weight gain
  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Unwanted body hair
  • Infertility

PCOS can also cause problems with a patient’s metabolism. For example, women with PCOS can often make insulin but they cannot effectively use it. As a result, they have higher insulin and blood sugar levels.

Having a high insulin level can cause the ovaries to produce too much testosterone. This can result in an imbalance in luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which can lead to higher levels of androgens and irregular ovulation. This information inspired researchers to start exploring the idea of taking inositols for PCOS.

How can inositols for PCOS help patients?

Research has shown that inositol can improve insulin sensitivity, help balance blood glucose levels and reduce insulin resistance in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Several studies also suggest inositol could help patients ovulate and eventually conceive.

For example, women in one study had less testosterone and a better balance of LH and FSH after taking supplemental inositol for 12 weeks. These women also saw improved insulin sensitivity and more regular menstrual cycles.

This fertility supplement may be able to help more than just women with PCOS. One study discovered that inositol improved embryo quality and clinical pregnancy rates in IVF patients who did not have polycystic ovary syndrome.

While the research is promising, our Austin infertility doctors recommend you speak with a doctor before beginning any fertility supplement. Doing so helps your doctor ensure that you’re taking the right form and dosage and that it won’t interfere with your other medications.

If you’d like to learn more about inositols for PCOS, contact us to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to help you get on the path to parenthood.

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