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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.

 

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7 thoughts on “Supplements and Products

  1. I don’t have hair loss so those supplements i do not take. However I have been taking pregnitude and vitamin d for a few months and haven’t noticed a significant change :/ let me know if you have.

    • I will definitely let you know! I’ve heard a lot of people say that had improvements with Pregnitude but I have no clue how long they were taking it beforehand!

  2. Right now I am taking, Biotin, fish oil, Prenatals and my prescribed Metformin. I did notice that my hair was starting to thin out so I have noticed it got a little of its fullness back after starting the prenatals 🙂
    I’ve been reading about how fish oil can help increase cervical mucous, promote ovulation and overall improve the quality of the uterus by increasing the blood flow to the reproductive organs. I’ll have to read up on the Pregnitude!

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