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Can Saw Palmetto Help With Pcos
No evidence it helps: In fact no real evidence that it helps anything but manufacturer's ; seller's bank accounts?. ...Read more
No evidence: Saw palmetto standardized extract, 160 mg two times daily may lower levels of male hormones in the body. But there is no reliable research on whether it decreases hair growth or is otherwise effective in pcos. ...Read more
Can saw palmetto supplements help in reducing androstenedione levels in pcos and help with irregular periods and hairloss?
See professionals...: Please go to see your professionals. I would advise anyone should second guess your concerns. Meanwhile, gear up a regular healthy lifestyle and avoid any overindulgence and obsession, which are the most common chronic killers of life, yet least mentioned because of political correctness and commercialism. Best wish... ...Read more
Hey doctor ! is milk thistle, saw palmetto & green tea good for pcos?
& can the pcos patient take Accutane for her acne?
There is evidence...: ...for effects of a number of herbal supplements in PCOS: http://bmccomplementalternmed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1472-6882-14-511 the specific herbs you mention don't seem to do much in PCOS, but there are others. Many PCOS patients are on Accutane for severe acne, but it's a tricky medication with lots of precautions. ...Read more
The only reason I am on birth control pill is due to pcos related hair loss, will adding saw palmetto help hair loss or will it counter birth control.
Saw palmetto: There is no evidence that it will help your hair, but evidence that it may interfere with your birth control. Are you on Metformin for the real problem with PCOS and testosterone? That being insulin resistance. If not suggest it to your physician or see an endocrinologist. Your best bet would be to see a dermatologist for help with your hair loss. ...Read more
Unclear ...: "Too" many brands of saw palmetto herbal preparations around tout their wonderful health effect to the prostate, but its "real" touted benefits have failed to stand the test of scientific randomized, double-blinded clinical study. As to its "best" strength, it remains unknown/unclear. So, in use, if you will, use it in moderation and see. ...Read more
See below: Saw palmetto - alternative medicine supposed to be beneficial in preventing prostate enlargement. Also used in bladder disorder and common cold. Aldactone- used to treat resistant hypertension in obese pts, in pts with hyperaldosteronism, hypertension and sleep apnea patients, in some pts with increased protein loss in urine, congestive heart failure and liver cirrhosis pts with fluid retention. ...Read more
Anything's possible: But saw palmetto is not known to increase testosterone. Generally, saw palmetto is used to decrease the conversion of testosterone to one of its metabolites called DHT. Elevated levels of DHT may contribute to enlargement of the prostate gland. Thus, many men use saw palmetto with the hopes that it will arrest the development of an enlarged prostate. ...Read more
No: Surgery is the only true tested method for enlargement of the breasts. Recommend formal surgeon evaluation by a board certified cosmetic surgeon experienced with breast surgery. Most surgeons offer complimentary consultations--take full advantage of educated advice before wasting your time, efforts and money. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not ...: The benefits of taking saw palmetto has remained unclear and conflicting despite research of decades. Facing so much uncertainty, I would suggest: Always test T-level before TRT, test T-level 1-2 months later to see how TRT raises T-level and evaluate clinical response, then add saw palmetto and test T-level in 1-2 months to see how the change of T can be. Ask Doc timely for reasonable details. ...Read more
Probably okay...: I don't believe if there is a study to confirm the potential interaction among these natural substances. So, use them in moderation, watch, and see. But remember: occasionally, some so-called natural products may secretly mix and adulterate some prescribed ingredients to pump up its claimed effects because such products are not fda-regulated. Best wish... ...Read more
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