PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that may produce anovulation (absence of ovulation) and excess male hormones in women. We must keep in mind there is no a “real cure” for PCOS. But with the proper diet, a healthy lifestyle and some supplements PCOS can be managed and under control.
PCOS supplements can help to manage insulin resistance, balance hormonal levels and specially encourage normal ovulation. At the same time, PCOS supplements can help your body detoxify easily.
I personally take some PCOS supplements and not only to boost my fertility. I take these supplements because if my hormones are balanced my health is better. For example, I have easier digestions, I sleep better, my skin looks better, I have more energy and I reduce my body’s water retention.
What supplements should you take?
First of all, I want to tell you I am speaking from my own personal experience but, before taking any supplement remember to speak to your doctor.
What is Inositol?
To summarize Inositol is a member of the B-vitamins and a component of the cell membrane. We can find inositol in foods such as beans, fruits, grains, and nuts. Different studies have shown that inositol improve insulin levels and reduce intense cravings. At the same time, improve egg quality in women with PCOS
A lot of people know that Melatonin is a helpful sleep aid. But not many people know that it is also involved in fertility. This hormone is a crucial component of a good follicle development. If your levels of melatonin are too low your follicles will be inmature or incorrectly formed. At the same time, Melatonin, acts as an antioxidant to protect follicles and ovaries from oxidative stress, which is often a factor in women with PCOS.
A Melatonin supplement help women with PCOS to sleep better. An adequate sleep help women with hormonal imbalance. Because if they sleep better, they allow their bodies to rest, restore, and detoxify.
But keep in consideration, that a supplement with Melatonin should be taken for a short period of time because it can affect the body’s ability to produce its own melatonin.
Vitex is an herb that helps to regulate menstrual cycles and at the same time helps to raise progesterone levels during the Luteal phase, the latter phase of the menstrual cycle. This herb helps to improve fertility in women with PCOS who have problems on raising progesterone. You will know if you have problems with your progesterone levels if you makes a blood test on the 4th or 5th day after the ovulation. So, visit a doctor to know more about your hormonal balance.
NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) has been shown to improve fertilityand ovulation rates in women with PCOS. This supplement reduces testosterone level, reduces the insuline circulation in the bloodstream and helps to reduce the damage that the free radicals produces to the ovaries.
Many women with PCOS often have some type of gut dysbiosis or sometimes they have a less diverse gut microbiome, which affects lipid levels, androgen levels, and insulin levels.
Probiotics, that can be found in different foods as well, help to boost a healthy gut.
Fish oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3 supplementation is highly recommended for women with PCOS. Fish oil reduces the testosterones levels and also the body inflammation levels. Omega 3 is also a very good supplement to boost male fertility.
Usually women with PCOS thave a great deficiency of vitamin D, for example my levels of vitamin D are really low. It is important to work on vitamin D, specially on winter times or if you are looking for a baby. Vitamin D helps to balance the insuline resistence, the cholesterol, triglycerides and testosterone levels. And at the same time, different studies have shown that Vitamin D play a role in egg quality and fetus development.