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Is saw palmetto effective in reducing the DHT levels in pcos patients?

Is saw palmetto effective in reducing the DHT levels in pcos patients?

No : Dht is made from testosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. There is no known or even theoretical reason for saw palmetto to affect either Dht or t production. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Do saw palmetto supplements help with pcos symptoms?

Do saw palmetto supplements help with pcos symptoms?

No evidence it helps: In fact no real evidence that it helps anything but manufacturer's ; seller's bank accounts?. ...Read more

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I have pcos and i want to use saw palmetto instead of spironolactone, is it a good replacement?

I have pcos and i want to use saw palmetto instead of spironolactone, is it a good replacement?

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

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Can saw palmetto supplements help in reducing androstenedione levels in pcos and help with irregular periods and hairloss?

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

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Hey doctor ! is milk thistle, saw palmetto & green tea good for pcos? & can the pcos patient take Accutane for her acne?

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

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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.

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

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How is saw palmetto when person has a foley?

How is saw palmetto when person has a foley?

Okay: This won't hurt. In many observational studies, this was thought to help with urine blockage. However, in a very large randomized trial funded by the nih it was shown to be no better than placebo. Consider an alpha-blocker such as doxazosin or tamsulosin instead. These are prescriptions with minimal side effects. ...Read more

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Could saw palmetto cause high testosterone?

Could saw palmetto cause high testosterone?

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

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Saw palmetto, does it make your legs bigger?

Saw palmetto, does it make your legs bigger?

Here are some ...: Saw palmetto has been the most constant ingredient in many herbal brands of pills being touted for prostate health. As to bigger legs from saw palmetto, I have never read any articles in professional publications or heard any discussion in professional conferences as well as in recent online search on the subject. If your concern from taking it is for prostate, why don't you just stop & seek... ...Read more

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What are the effects of saw palmetto and birth control?

What are the effects of saw palmetto and birth control?

Less effective: "some birth control pills contain estrogen. Saw palmetto might decrease the effects of estrogen in the body. Taking saw palmetto along with birth control pills might decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. If you take birth control pills along with saw palmetto, use an additional form of birth control such as a condom." www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/971.Html. ...Read more