The Pills That Have Helped My PCOS
Posted on October 22 2018
The following will give you a VERY remedial breakdown of the supplements that I use for my PCOS and why. Here’s some of the information that I did have to go off of from my previous doctor visits when I embarked on my journey:
- I had an initial test to see if I was low in estrogen and the results said that I wasn’t. Keep in mind it was just checking to see if it was low, not high. So, there is a really good chance that I could have been high.
- I had a blood panel done on me that showed that my androgens were crazy high.
Hirsutism, weight gain in abdomen, insulin sensitivity issues, loss of hair, lack of periods, infertility, anxiety/depression, and fatigue.
I would love to have more info to go off of, but simply put I was left to my own devices when it came to PCOS. I was denied tests and was undiagnosed for 10 years before I finally got someone willing to do one blood work up on me.
Always be your own health advocate, and I hope this is found helpful for anyone seeking some light in this hormonal, dark tunnel we are forced into. Happy reading!
Vitex (or chasteberry) is a very powerful herb that can be taken for PCOS. I stumbled across this herb because I knew that my estrogen levels were normal, and I had an androgen dominance in my system. It is slow acting, so you won’t see the effects of this herb for at least 3 months. This herb is VERY powerful and should not be taken lightly. In fact, some PCOS-ers shouldn’t even take it. If you’ve had any hormone work ups done, please check your LH (luteinizing hormone) results. If they are on the high side, Vitex is not for you girl! Vitex can actually raise your LH levels. If your LH levels are not elevated it’s a godsend and can increase ovulation. I take 2 pills of Nature’s Way 400mg Vitex in the morning because that’s when your pituitary gland is at optimum working order!
This bad girl fights some of my worst symptoms from the result of my worst enemies prolactin and androgens. Saw Palmetto (Serenoa berries) contain fatty acids known collectively as liposterols. SP works at inhibiting in your pituitary glands that create testosterone. Are you losing your hair, and growing a beard? Saw Palmetto is your lil pill of happiness. I take 1 pill of The Vitamin Shoppe’s 160mg Saw Palmetto standardized extract in the PM.
Out of all the millions of pills I take, this one is my fav. Not only does it help block those pesky androgens, but it also boosts your immune system, helps with inflammation (future blog post coming about this and why I think it’s the #1 culprit for PCOS), keeps your beard at bay, your hair in the appropriate part of your head ;), helps with blood sugar control, acne, and the list goes on. I really believe that everyone should take this even if you don’t have PCOS! I currently take 1 pill of SolGar Zinc-Citrate 30mg in the PM.
Stress B Complex
Any vitamin that contains a bunch of B vitamins (there is tons of them ya’ll) will be considered a B Complex. The B Complex helps promote progesterone in your body, which you’ve probably already know, is one of the culprits for my PCOS. Anxiety and depression is a really big part of PCOS that isn’t talked about enough. I mean who wouldn’t get depressed growing a beard and not having a functioning reproductive system? Really though, it’s more than situational for us PCOS-ers. Its biological and chemical. This pill helps with that because it increases serotonin. Thank the lord! Now this isn’t a happy pill, but it’s as close as we can get, and it beats the hell out of Xanax, (No shaming if you take it! It’s just not for me. All I do is get sleepy, and while I’m not freaking out on it, I also get nothing accomplished and feel drugged AF). I take 2 capsules of Bluebonnet’s Stress B-Complex in the AM.
This supplement helps the metabolizing of estrogen. Either you make too much or its not getting out of your system fast enough. DIM-D also balances your androgens. Because of this it helps with a number or PCOS side effects like hair loss, acne, oily skin, and facial hair (my favorite). Its kinda of a one size fits all supplement for PCOS suffers. DIM-D is a phytonutrient that is found in kale, cabbage and other cruciferous veggies. I take about 150mg a day.
If you have PCOS DO NOT eat raw kale. Omg did she…Yes I did! While we’ve been trained by some rockstar marketing person that managed to make kale the “it” veggie of 2016, PCOS gals should only eat cooked kale. Long story short it contains goitrogens and suppresses our thyroid (ya know that thing that we already struggle with). No bueno. Apply this lil tip to almost all cruciferous vegetables.
Along with all of these I also take adrenal health supplements. My go to is Gai Adrenal Health Nightly Support and Daily Support (two different set of pills). I think my PCOS is due to environmental toxins, inflammation, and stressors on my adrenals, so I treat my adrenals. Androgens can come from your pituitary glands and your ovaries. They are all connected. Your adrenals are a very important part of your overall well-being so it’s best not to forget them when treating your PCOS
PCOS never goes away and will always be something to be managed. Luckily by not eating any soy, gluten, refined sugar, or dairy along side of taking these pills, I've managed to get my PCOS under control. I'm happy to announce that my androgen levels are officially in "normal" range according to my last blood panel. I actually have a period that comes along like clockwork for the first time in my life. Some of my symptoms have subsided. The main stubborn one that likes to plague me is hirsutism. That my friend I work in some laser appointments to help keep me off of the freak show tour circuit. I have yet to see if it works entirely, but its great for monthly upkeep at best so far. Getting diagnosed is the hardest part. Name your dragon so you can claim it as your own and dominate it :) - Love H.Puddin
*All of this information is based on my experiences. I am not a nutritionist or a doctor. Please consult a medical professional and do your own researching before trying any of these supplements.