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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

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Definition)

Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...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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Can i start taking vitex with spironolactone without consulting with my doctor? Does vitex help increase effectiveness of spiro for acne due to pcos?

Why?: Why have you decided to begin treating yourself with something that you don't know what's in it, don't know why you're taking it, don't know how to judge whether it's helping you, and don't know if it will have any adverse side effects of interactions? Makes no sense to me. Leave the medical decision-making to the people with training, not your friends, tv or internet. ...Read more

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Can saw palmetto be taken with milk?

Can saw palmetto be taken with milk?

Probably: You should follow the manufacturer's recommendations for this supplement. Remember, supplements are not medications, and as such are not regulated by the fda in terms of their efficacy (do they work) or safety (will they cause side effects or interact with other medications). ...Read more

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Help plz! Can red korean ginseng really help with erectile dysfunction?

Help plz! Can red korean ginseng really help with erectile dysfunction?

No published RCTs: RCT = randomized controlled trial. Peer-reviewed published RCTs are the gold standard to prove that something works. This is how Big Pharma goes about getting a drug approved by FDA. You can skip this by selling a compound as a dietary supplement (assuming you meet certain other requirements). In this case, you can make any claim you want w/o substantiation (evidence), much less proof of safety. ...Read more

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taking metiform can help with fertility?

 taking metiform can help with fertility?

Insulin resistance: Metformin can help with fertility if a woman has irregular cycles and insulin resistance. It does not help in any other cases. Good wishes. ...Read more

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I have been reading that vitex & or saw palmetto can help aid female fertility naturally. Is this so on either or both of these herbs & are they safe?

I have been reading that vitex & or saw palmetto can help aid female fertility naturally. Is this so on either or both of these herbs & are they safe?

Yes, esp. Vitex: Every person is an individual and nothing works for everyone, but vitex is safe and often very helpful- see http://natural-fertility-info.Com/vitex saw palmetto has more specialized use, esp. For those with pcos, so don't recommend for everyone- see http://natural-fertility-info.Com/saw-palmetto-fertility.Html many on levothyroxine benefit from liothyronine- this can help fertility- see comment:. ...Read more

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Can maca really help with ttc?

Can maca really help with ttc?

Probably: As is often the case with herbs, there has not been research yet that can definitively answer your question, but maca has been used for over 2000 years ; is thought by those who have used it to promote fertility. It is very safe and animal studies suggest that it might indeed be beneficial for reproductive health. See http://natural-fertility-info.Com/maca for details. ...Read more

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Can Tribulus terrestris be used for women with pcos to help ovulate/conceive ?

Can Tribulus terrestris be used for women with pcos to help ovulate/conceive ?

There is no: scientific information that it helps, and there is animal data linking it to defects in fetal development. Try diet, exercise and weight reduction. Discuss metformin with your doctor, as it can treat the basic metabolic defect of PCOS which is insulin resistance, ...Read more

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How can alfalfa help with prostate problems?

How can alfalfa help with prostate problems?

Unproved, but...: Alfalfa has been touted to contain numerous important nutrients benefitting overall health with prostate issues included, but its long-term values yet remains to be seen. So, you may try it for 3-6 months and see if money allows. Remember anything happens to use is always not just a process of lifelong making but a results from multiple factors, among them aging is the chief culprit. ...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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Can i get help with a priscrition on clomid (clomiphene)?

See your doctor: Clomid (clomiphene) is a prescription medication that does carry risks. A doctor needs to monitor you during your cycle that you take the clomid (clomiphene). ...Read more

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I heard cayenne, ginger, garlic, and ginko will help with blood flow. is this a thyroid problem?

I heard cayenne, ginger, garlic, and ginko will help with blood flow. is this a thyroid problem?

Nonsense: Hi. The herbal/homeopath community has sold you a bill of goods (REALLY! Look at what you pay for that nonsense!). Cayenne, ginger, and garlic at least taste good and are great in recipes! ...Read more

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Will proveta 10 mg help me with infertility problems?

Will proveta 10 mg help me with infertility problems?

?Provera?: If you mean provera, (medroxyprogesterone) it's a Progesterone that will induce you to have a period, provided you have had sufficient estrogen stimulation to build up your uterine lining. It can sometimes be used to restore normal menses. Check with your doctor before using it. ...Read more