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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

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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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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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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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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Saw palmetto 10% oil is for male or female?

Saw palmetto 10% oil is for male or female?

Usually Male: It is usually used as a herbal remedy to treat the prostate, a gland in men, with some questionable effectiveness. However, it has been used for everything from asthma to breast enlargement, but it is considered ineffective. (also used for (but ineffective), coughs, colds, baldness, sore throat, chronic bronchitis, chronic pelvic pain, an aphrodisiac, relaxation, migraines, diuretic, infections, . ...Read more

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Is saw palmetto good for men or women or both?

Is saw palmetto good for men or women or both?

Here is. ..: Saw palmetto has been used, studied, and touted for its minor anti-testosterone effect with indirect exaggeration of estrogen effect, and anti-inflammatory effect so to "shrink" prostate, treat acne, baldness... Some users swear by but who knows if those claimers are real users. Clinical experience in investigating these claimed effects is still scanty and inconclusive. So, you decide if money. .. ...Read more

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My dr. Suggested saw palmetto vitamins for my hair loss and a testosterone suppressant. I'm a woman. Will it do something to me? I don't want to be manly

My dr. Suggested saw palmetto vitamins for my hair loss and a testosterone suppressant. I'm a woman. Will it do something to me? I don't want to be manly

See a REAL doctor: Hi. Hirsutism in women is usually of ovarian or adrenal etiology. If you have male pattern hair loss, hirsutism, and irregular periods, please see a REAL doctor who can help, without some hocus pocus BS herbal treatment. Get tested and, if indicated, get treatment shown to be effective and safe. Or else support your local snake oil salesman...your choice. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is saw palmetto safe to take?

Is saw palmetto safe to take?

FYI: The Journal of the American Medical Association reported on a double-blind study that eleven North American clinics conducted on 369 men. The study found that saw palmetto fruit extract failed to reduce urinary tract symptoms more than placebo. ...Read more

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Saw palmetto, what is the considered best strength?

Saw palmetto, what is the considered best strength?

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

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Can saw palmetto elevate cpk?

Can saw palmetto elevate cpk?

Nk: This is use fo prostate inflamation. And CPK is not really affect. ...Read more

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Does saw palmetto cause moobs or not?

Does saw palmetto cause moobs or not?

No: "Moobs" are the result of estrogen causing excess growth of breast tissue. ...Read more

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Is saw palmetto good for the prostate?

Is saw palmetto good for the prostate?

Probably not: There's much "pop" / "traditional" support and a believable mechanism of action, but it failed the last three out of three big controlled studies. ...Read more

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What are the medicinal effects of saw palmetto and spironolactone (aldactone)?

What are the medicinal effects of saw palmetto and spironolactone (aldactone)?

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

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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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Is saw palmetto effective for preventing bph?

Is saw palmetto effective for preventing bph?

Yes: Some men find improvement in their voiding with saw palmetto. Medical studies have not been able to show a statistically significant effect. ...Read more

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Has breast massage and saw palmetto worked for anyone at all?

Has breast massage and saw palmetto worked for anyone at all?

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 more

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Can saw palmetto supplements be taken while using progesterone cream?

Can saw palmetto supplements be taken while using progesterone cream?

No, . ..: I have never heard someone using saw palmetto for females over my 35-yr practice in urology. Please talk with your professionals and don't use it for now.

For the time being, gear up a regular healthy lifestyle and avoid overindulgence and obsession.

Best wish... ...Read more

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Will taking saw palmetto reduce the positive effects of testosterone replacement theropy?

Will taking saw palmetto reduce the positive effects of testosterone replacement theropy?

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

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Could it be okay to take rose hips, don quai, maca, fenugreek seed and saw palmetto together?

Could it be okay to take rose hips, don quai, maca, fenugreek seed and saw palmetto together?

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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I had urethral dilation, for a stricture 4 days ago. Can I take saw palmetto i"am 48 years old?

I had urethral dilation, for a stricture 4 days ago. Can I take saw palmetto i"am 48 years old?

Urethral stricture: Although there is some evidence to suggest that Saw Palmetto works with benign prostatic hypertrophy, I know of nothing to suggest it helps with strictures. This is a mechanical obstruction that responded best to dilatation. I would follow the advice of my urologist. ...Read more

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I have high testosterone and androstenedione. Is it good for me to take saw palmetto? Or what else?

I have high testosterone and androstenedione. Is it good for me to take saw palmetto? Or what else?

It is not: Good for you to take anything, except a trip to your doctor's office to find out why, what and whether anything needs to be done to correct the problem. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stop flomax (tamsulosin) and replace it w saw palmetto g for benighn prostate enlargement.

Is it safe to stop flomax (tamsulosin) and replace it w saw palmetto g for benighn prostate enlargement.

Changing treatment: Yes. It is safe. The only outstanding question would the saw palmetto be strong enough to treat your prostate hypertrophy. You will know within seven days after the change. ...Read more