The following is a list of products and supplements that I’m currently using to help with fertility and PCOS symptoms.
- Pregnitude – A reproductive support dietary supplement. It contains Folic Acid and Myo-inositol. The description says that it can help regulate ovulation, periods, and even improve egg quality. I read many positive reviews before purchasing–the vast majority raved about it. I bought mine on Amazon (see link above) for about $43. The box I bought contained a 30 day supply, taken twice a day. The directions say to dissolve the powder into 8 ounces of water but I prefer to dissolve it in something that has a taste. Most of the time I will put it in green or spearmint iced tea (unsweetened). It doesn’t really have a taste but you really have to work to dissolve the powder. I probably stir it about 3 or 4 times before actually drinking it. Will continue to update on any results as I am still on my first box.
- Natural Goal Prenatal Ultrablend – To get your body ready to carry that little one! I did a lot of research on over-the-counter prenatals and this one turned out to be the best! You do have to take 3 per day and they are quite large but I have not had any negative side effects. I do take all 3 of them at one time at night. I just couldn’t remember to take them throughout the day. I pay $20 for 90 capsules on Amazon. I will probably continue to take these same prenatals once I get pregnant unless my OBGYN thinks I need a prescription or if the prescription is much cheaper.
- Vitamin D – I take 5000 IU daily as recommended by my primary care physician. I originally started taking Vitamin D because my labs showed I had a little bit of a deficiency. However, I have read a few articles online linking Vitamin D deficiency to infertility. Read more about this here and here.
- Biotin – I take 5000 mcg daily to help with thin hair and hair loss.
- Aveda Invati System – Also use to help with thin hair and hair loss. Unfortunately, it is quite pricey. I buy mine at a local salon that sells Aveda products. The shampoo and conditioner are about $25 each and the scalp treatment is $60. The bottles are pretty small–roughly 6 fluid ounces. I shampoo and condition usually every other day. The scalp treatment is used every morning and night. The directions say to use 8 pumps each time. I would use more or less depending on your personal preference. Now, while this all sounds pretty negative (and expensive) I have really noticed an improvement in my hair. I’ve been using the system for about 2 months now but I’d say I saw a difference in about 3 weeks of use. My hair stylist even commented recently that she saw some new hair growth! I definitely think it’s worth the money if you’re having this lovely side effect of PCOS.
- Spearmint Tea – The recommended amount to help with hair loss is about 2 cups per day. Spearmint has been shown to lower testosterone levels when taken regularly. Since I live in Texas and it’s hot ALL the time I prefer to drink it in iced tea form. I make a big pitcher of at the start of the week. I do not add any sugar or sweeteners because I prefer unsweetened tea (must be the east coast in me) but I suspect it would still work the same if you added a little. I prefer this brand.