There are countless supplements geared towards women suffering from PCOS. One of the most regularly mentioned supplements is inositol, also known as myo-inositol. It is a member of the B vitamin family, and there are several different studies done on the effects of its use on women with PCOS.
Studies have especially shown interesting improvements on women who also show signs of insulin resistance, one of the many possible symptoms of the disease. Besides this benefit, there have also been studies suggesting that it may help women suffering from infertility by improving ovulation and egg quality.
While I do not suffer from insulin resistance, I am most definitely suffering from infertility as a result of the PCOS complications, so these studies caught my eye.
As a reminder, we have been trying to conceive (TTC) for about 4 years now, unsuccessfully. I did extensive research on the benefits and dosages of inositol for fertility benefits, reading all of the studies, recommended dosages, etc. Inositol is easily available online, in both pill and powder form. I found the powder to be much less expensive, and decided to use that as my source.
Taking the supplement is easy. Just add the dose to some water or a beverage and mix then drink up! It has a slightly sweet taste to it, almost like a mild Pixie Stix candy, if tried alone. I never had trouble taking it, it was easy to incorporate into a routine.
Just a few of the promised benefits of taking an inositol supplement:
*Lowered testosterone levels and lessened hirsutism
*Improved insulin sensitivity
*Decreased LH levels
So did it work?
I took powdered inositol daily for almost 2 full years without a single benefit being observed. I had no bad side effects either, I just had no observable difference at all whatsoever.
As with many supplements, it is often said that it can take several months to see the benefits. Well, I think 2 years counts as more than several months. I wish I could say that it helped at least one symptom, but it was just a major dud for me.
Some of the super hyped, expensive treatments being hawked to women suffering from PCOS include inositol as the magic ingredient and can be very expensive! I always make a habit of breaking down the ingredients in these snake oil companies, and then doing the research myself to decide if a certain supplement is worth a try.
Of course, you should also talk to your doctor before taking any supplement and for getting assistance on recommended dosages.
You have to remember, as women suffering from infertility, we are often preyed upon because the desire for a child can make us feel hopeless and desperate. The scammers know this and are looking to profit from our grief and hopes. Be smart and don’t expect miracles, it is wise to approach things in a scientific matter, learning everything you can, talking with your doctor, and coming up with a healthy plan where you are in control. If a supplement sounds too good to be true, I can assure you that it is!
Also, just because inositol didn’t work for me, doesn’t necessarily mean that it wouldn’t work for you. Everyone is different, and as always, results may vary. My goal here is just to be transparent and share my story with you as we go along our TTC journey. I know it helps me to read about other women in the same boat and to hear their stories and results. It’s nice to know you are not alone!
Until next time, friends!