PCOS is not quite as mysterious as you may think. There are known reasons why you have this disorder.
Here's an example.
Your doctor knows that various symptoms are caused by overproduction of androgens (male hormones) by your ovaries.
This is why your doctor prescribed androgen-suppressing birth control pills.
But did your doctor stop to explain why you are producing too many androgens in the first place?
Well, here is a big reason why.
The Indiana University School of Medicine and many other research institutions have clearly shown that chronic inflammation stimulates your ovaries to produce more androgens, regardless of whether you are lean or overweight.
So our next question is: what causes the chronic inflammation?
There are several causes. But a primary cause is too much glucose, or blood sugar.
And where does all that glucose in your blood come from?
It comes from your diet, from the foods you eat and the beverages you drink.
Refined sugars and starches are the main sources for glucose in your blood.
This is why The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility e-book has NO refined sugars and starches whatsoever. It is an anti-inflammation type of diet.
If you want to permanently reduce your suffering from the various aspects of PCOS, and improve your ability to conceive, then you really must improve the quality of your diet. There are no shortcuts to this.
Pharmaceuticals such as birth control pills or metformin are convenient and useful shortcuts. So why go through all the trouble of changing your diet when you can just take a pill instead?
While birth control pills do reduce androgen production by your ovaries, they have side effects in some people. For example, they could increase chronic inflammation, possibly shrink the size of the pineal gland in your brain, cause blood clots and more, depending on the individual and the specific oral contraceptive prescribed. So birth control pills are a mixed bag. Plus, you obviously can't conceive if you're taking them.
So is metformin better? Importantly, metformin does help to reduce chronic inflammation and insulin resistance. But it too has a few side effects. Besides GI discomfort, metformin will eventually lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency. The B12 deficiency is induced because metformin interferes with absorption of B12 from the intestines into the bloodstream.
But who cares about your vitamin B12 level? Is it really that important? See below.
In conclusion, please don't ignore the importance of chronic inflammation as a contributor to your health problems. Do everything in your power to reduce chronic inflammation, including a better diet.
Women who have PCOS are more likely to have an inflammation of the thyroid gland than other women. It's called Hashimoto's disease, a thyroid disease where your immune system attacks your thyroid gland, resulting in low thyroid hormone production.
When your thyroid hormone production is too low, you will have infertility problems and will find it nearly impossible to lose weight, among other things.
There is also a clear association between vitamin B12 deficiency and the rate of thyroid disease. As many as one-third of women who have a thyroid disorder also have a vitamin B12 deficiency.
Women with a vitamin B12 deficiency may have impaired fertility, and their future children run the risk of birth defects.
So if you're taking metformin, you need to understand that it may be depleting your vitamin B12 levels. Supplementation with B12 or B12 injections is something you may want to consider.
We suggest you get both a vitamin B12 test and a complete thyroid profile test from your doctor to make sure you don't have a problem.
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