If you’ve struggled getting pregnant, then you may be all too familiar with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). It is estimated to affect 1 in 5 women, and is the leading cause of female infertility. PCOS is an endocrine disorder resulting from imbalanced hormone levels. The cause of PCOS has recently been tied to insulin resistance, which means insulin does not perform as it should to balance glucose levels, thus provoking the ovaries to secrete excess testosterone, and throw hormone levels out of balance. This results in: cysts on the ovaries, and pesky symptoms such as acne, excess body hair, obesity, and irregular periods which, of course, means ovulation is inconsistent or absent, therefore making conception difficult. In the world of infertility, it is a common obstacle we help patients tackle.
Typically Metformin has been prescribed to combat insulin sensitivity in PCOS patients.  However, there is a new, natural, non-prescription dietary supplement that has demonstrated promising clinical results without the side effects typically experienced with Metformin.  It has only recently become available in the U.S., but it may quickly rise in popularity as the preferred PCOS treatment option.
Pregnitude is a combination of folic acid and myo-inositol (a fancy name for a compound that accompanies B vitamins in foods such as grains and nuts).  Basically, it is a “helper” nutrient, which aids in insulin usage by cells in the pancreas.
Clinical trials have been promising so far, with results including:
–increased ovulation frequency
–improved menstrual regularity
–higher quality eggs and embryos in patients undergoing IVF
Pregnitude comes in a powder form, and is taken twice daily, mixed with water. It is available in most pharmacies, without a prescription, or at www.pregnitude.com. Incidence of side effects, or sensitivity to Pregnitude, have been low, but as always, talk to your doctor first about this, and any other PCOS treatment options.