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Chasteberry For Hirsuitism
No: No, it won't help you at all, just wastes your money. A few women with pcos become pregnant, but generally only after significant weight loss. Therapy such as metformin has a much higher chance of normal periods (in approx. 60% of cases) and a safe successful pregnancy, if desired. Don't get medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more
Not much: Vitex has been used in greece for many years, but there is no scientific data to establish it's reliability. Diet, exercise and weight loss can help. Metformin is a more scientific and well studied option. It can help noralize menses and even induce fertility in many women, discuss w/your ob/gyn. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more
Likely not both: Two different problems, two answers. Spironolactone can be helpful for treating (symptomatically only) unwanted body hair growth with either disease. Metformin is often helpful for women with pcos but has no well established role for treating cah. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: No compelling science that says it does. ...Read more
No evidence it helps: There is some scientific evidence that vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree berry) may help with pms symptoms and cyclic mastalgia (breast pain) but no studies showing that it helps women with pcos or infertility. If you have pcos and are trying to conceive the safety of vitex when you're pregnant is unknown, so you should stop it when you get a positive pregnancy test if you conceive while taking it. ...Read more
What are your best tips for management of pcos patients with hirsutism despite spironolactone, ocps and vaniqa?
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
Safe; sometimes used: Progesterone or artificial versions (progestins) can be safely used to induce a period for women with pcos who have very few periods (less than 4 a year) or no periods. It does not improve your chances of conceiving because it induces bleeding, not ovulation (egg release). Progesterone can also be given for low Progesterone levels in the 2nd half of a cycle, or to support an early pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vitex is an herbal: Supplement sometimes used for pms, pmdd, menopause symptoms, & more. Should not be used with bcp's, many psychiatric drugs, or if u have a hormone-related condition. See: http://www.Webmd.Com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-968-vitex%20agnus-castus.Aspx?Activeingredientid=968&activeingredientname=vitex%20agnus-castus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vitex Supplement: Hi lDickson, Vitex is an herbal supplement in the US. It goes by the name Chaste Berry. Will it work in secondary amenorrhea -not getting your period for 6 or more months- it depends on why you are not getting a period. Menopause, breastfeeding, are natural secondary amenorrhea causes. Others include hyperthyroid and side effects of medications. Dr Lori Lange-Pennsylvania ...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
How will smoking, drinking, hormone imbalance, irregular periods and intake of contraceptives affect the treatment for dysmenorrhea?
Several issues: Dysmenorrhea is a common problem for women as they approach menopause. The birth control pill can be very helpful to control this. Women who are in their late 40's are perimenopausal, meaning close to menopause. At this time, your body is more sensitive to poor behaviors such as smoking and alcohol. You will feel best with a healthy diet and exercising, not smoking, and no excessive alcohol. ...Read more
Clomide,hcg,fsh+lh,induce ovulation,thus can they help in regulating pcos woman hormones,& in decreasing pcos symptoms:Hairloss,Hirsutism,Amenorrhea?
Primary amenorrhea,FSH 4.7,prolactin 7.5,TSH 2.69,DHEA-S 231,A1C 5.9%,Estradiol 22, uterus(4.5x2.8x2cm),period on bcp, no other issue. can i conceive?
Which brand of natural progesterone cream is advisable to use for treating pcos & estrogen dominance?
List: Here is a list: anabolic steroids danazol (danocrine) metoclopramide (reglan) methyldopa (aldomet) phenothiazines progestins reserpine (serpasil) testosterone cyclosporine (sandimmune) diazoxide (hyperstat) hydrocortisone minoxidil (rogaine) penicillamine (cuprimine) phenytoin (dilantin) psoralens (oxsoralen) streptomycin. ...Read more
Abnormal hair growth: Hirsutism is growth of hair, usually in women, where not normally seen. This can be caused by a number of things some as simple as heredity but may indicate a hormonal imbalance. Evaluation by a doctor to determin the cause. There are some medications that help decrease the hair growth. Many women also use laser hair removal or electrolysis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hormones: If the testosterone level is too high, or if the estrogen level is too low, then you can get excess hair growth. Pcos (poly cystic ovarian syndrome, aka stein leventhal syndrome) is a common example. Underweight women can be low on estrogen and get excess hair growth. It can be treated, call your doctor. ...Read more
Yes you can: Yes you can and I see no reason why you can not take it. It contains L-dopa which is a precursor of Dopamine and has been claimed to increase production of growth hormone.If you are taking any other medication for any other reason than ask your healthcare provider if you can take this without any interaction ...Read more
Varies: Many women improve by using ocp's for cycle control and ovarian suppression - this gradually decreases the elevated testosterone that cause the hirsuitism.. There are also medications that can block the elevated testosterone and minimize the progression of the hirsuitism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 21yr old I am suffering from bilateral polycystic ovaries, irregular menstrual bleeding, hirsuitism, hormonal imbalance! please help me to get rid?
Couple things: Depression risk doubles. Also metformin may be helpful because it decrease Insulin levels; for 30% of women this will help ovulation. The other effects on skin can be managed with ocp. The combination of buproprion and metformin cam help wt loss. And mood but may need a little help with insomnia at first and i wouldn't start them simultaneously. Look up metformin and pcos, go slow, get the xl. ...Read more
How do u judge the severity of pcos? How severe is my pcos my afc is 20-22 irregular periods do get acne every year n also have chin hirsuitism?
I have pcos I am taking oral contraceptives how long i can take them as when i stop them i get acne and hirsuitism and missed periods ?
Hi can you tell me some names of medicines that lower sex drive . Because ive got a very high one? Ive tried chasteberry it didnt work
Needs assessment: You should consult a psychiatrist or psychologist. The key questions are whether your sex drive is truly problematic and/or whether it signals illness (either medical or psychological). If treatment is desirable, then the treatment needs to be based on the underlying cause. Simply cycling through a list of sex-suppressive meds or herbs is inefficient and possibly dangerous. ...Read more
Not really: No compelling science that says it does. ...Read more