Studies show that inositol may help manage PCOS symptoms and may even improve fertility, but which inositol is the best?
The most common endocrine disorder among reproductive aged women, PCOS often has a negative impact on fertility. Research shows that supplementing with inositol can improve ovarian function and reduce androgen levels, two of the primary causes for PCOS symptoms.
What’s PCOS again?
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects about 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. In order to be diagnosed, two out of three symptoms must be present. These include:
- increased male hormones (called androgens)
- irregular release of eggs (aka ovulation)
- more than 12 follicles (or cysts) on each ovary on ultrasound.
PCOS presentation can vary widely: some women have no symptoms, while others can experience weight gain, hair growth, hair loss, acne, irregular or missed menstrual periods, and infertility.