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Doctor insights on: Vitamins That Help With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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Will losing weight help fertility with some one who have poly cystic ovary syndrome?

Will losing weight help fertility with some one who have poly cystic ovary syndrome?

Most likely: A good strategy for increased fertility in pcos patients with excess body weight is to lose a little bit of that weight while possibly simultaneously undergoing medical strategies. It's possible to get pregnant doing just one or just the other, but combined is usually better. ...Read more

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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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What are some strategies for managing weight when diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome pocs?

What are some strategies for managing weight when diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome pocs?

Diet, Exercise, Meds: Many women with pcos gain weight or find it hard to lose. Moderately low carb diets (south beach, weight watchers), complex carbs instead of simple: brown rice, whole wheat bread/pasta, less sugars, more protein, can help, as well as portion control. Exercise - do weights and cardio at least 3 x a week: weights increase muscle mass, burns more calories. Some lose weight on metformin treatment. ...Read more

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) and hirsuitism. What can help?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) and hirsuitism. What can help?

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 more

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What are some tips for weight management with polycystic ovary syndrome?

What are some tips for weight management with polycystic ovary syndrome?

Metformin & Berberin: The anti-diabetic drug metformin, and the herb berberine, are both indicated for restoring Insulin receptor sensitivity in those with pcos. Insulin resistance is a characteristic of pcos, resulting in high levels of insulin, which results in increased body fat. Metformin and berberine have both been shown to result in normalization of Insulin levels, and loss of body fat. ...Read more

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What are some herbal supplements for polycystic ovary syndrome?

What are some herbal supplements for polycystic ovary syndrome?

Supplements PCOS: None that have been proven to help that I am aware of. I would go to PUBMED and search for PCOS AND supplements. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Can these 2 be related? If not, what causes polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Not generally: These 2 generally are not related. Pcos is caused by Insulin resistance which leads to high male hormone levels (testosterone) in the ovary which keeps you from ovulating. Pcos is caused by multiple genes, but worsens with weight gain. Weight loss will occasionally help to resume menstruation. You should also see your doctor to make sure you get tested for diabetes/prediabetes. ...Read more

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Are the women with polycystic ovarian syndrome fertile?

Are the women with polycystic ovarian syndrome fertile?

PCOS & Fertilty: Pcos is a disorder with infrequent ovulation as a hallmark. Because ovulation occurs at times, some women will get pregnant without help. If you need help with medication then medication is very successful. The success rate is lower than you might think and at ivf we often find poor egg quality as the likely cause. If you are overweight, then get as close to nl as possible. See a fertility doc. ...Read more

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What's the best diet for people with polysistic ovarian syndrome?

What's the best diet for people with polysistic ovarian syndrome?

Mediterranean diet: This diet is the best for your long term maintenance... Especially if your condition is associated with obesity. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about polycystic ovary syndrome as well as, types of fertility drugs that work?

PCOS : Pcos is a hormone imbalance in which there is an ovulation problem and an an excess of male hormones such as testosterone. It is frequently associated with a problem in how the body handles carbs. Most fertility drugs will work and most docs usually start with a pill such as clomid (clomiphene). If the patient is older or they have failed clomid (clomiphene), injectables such as follistim, gonalf or Menopur are used. ...Read more

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) and hirsuitismplease help?

PCOS: Pcos is generally best treated by a board certified reproductive endocrinologist. He/she should have gone through special training in the diagnosis and treatment of pcos. ...Read more

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What supplements may be beneficial in cure of polycystic ovary syndrome kindly explain I am at metformin now?

What supplements may be beneficial in cure of polycystic ovary syndrome kindly explain I am at metformin now?

Pcos supplements: Pcos is a hormonal imbalance due to genetic factors causing Insulin resistance and life style resulting in increased body weight if you lose weight by dietary modifications and exercise it helps actions of metformin claims for supplements are numerous and varied including myo inositol , vitamin d but not thoroughly proven any diet resulting in weight loss with or without supplements is advisable. ...Read more

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What are the chances of conceiving naturally for someone with polycystic ovarian syndrome?

What are the chances of conceiving naturally for someone with polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Conceiving: That is hard to be sure that all is currently OK. Please spend whatever ever time is necessary with your Obstetrician to decide what could or should be done. In my experience I have never encountered an Obstetrician who is not excellent. ...Read more

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Can pcos polycystic ovary syndrome be cured, controlled, or reduced?

Can pcos polycystic ovary syndrome be cured, controlled, or reduced?

Yes!: Pcos (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is usually managed with encouraging weight loss and exercise, metformin therapy, and occasionally with oral contraceptives. Rarely, a large cystic ovary will require surgery. The syndrome is usually quite manageable. ...Read more

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I have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Will taking the dietary supplement rip fuel cause any problems?

Diet supplements: PCOS is unrelated to your use of a diet supplements. Use these products with caution. They can causes nervousness, jitteriness, mood swings and other unpleasant side effects. They also have no proven evidence that they actually do anything productive. Save your money. A good work out at the gym and a healthy diet will improve things more ...Read more

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What is polycystic ovarian syndrome and do you have some info on support groups?

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome and do you have some info on support groups?

PCOS: Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common female endocrine disorder, affecting 5-10% of women. It affects multiple organ systems and not just the ovaries. Most women with pcos have enlarged ovaries with multiple cysts, hence the name. There are several support groups with useful info on them: pcosupport.Org, pcoschallenge.Com, and pcosfoundation.Org may be able to answer your questions. ...Read more

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I have APS, sticky platelet syndrome, Sjogren's, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Does this relate to each other?

I have APS, sticky platelet syndrome, Sjogren's, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Does this relate to each other?

Yes: They are auto-immune disorders that is due to dysfunctional immune system attacking the hosts bodies. PCOS is not linked to the other entities. ...Read more

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How can polycystic ovarian syndrome and weight gain be linked?

Increased Estrogen: Adipose tissue (fat) causes an increase in the circulation estrogen levels by converting androgen precursors into estrone. The increased estrogen level is detected by the pituitary, causing ovulation to be inhibited. That inhibition can result in an increase in the number of small cysts on the ovary - hence polycystic ovarian syndrome. ...Read more