I have had PCOS since I was about 16. Aside from the fact that my periods were close to non-existent, I had unrelenting cystic acne that could not even be managed with birth control, and I was also cursed with hirsutism.
When I finally started treating the PCOS with birth control, I was very anxious, lost a lot of hair, and I also got a ton of cavities.
My doctor eventually confirmed that the birth control played a significant role in all of those issues and after about five years of being on that birth control, I switched to a low dose pill and started taking Accutane. Both helped a lot.
I am now 31. As I got older I started experiencing significant joint pain because of the birth control so I stopped taking it completely. I started cramping as if I was going to have a period but the periods did not come, and I also developed a layer of peach fuzz that seemed to appear overnight.
I started searching the web hoping to find legitimate birth control alternatives that might alleviate the cramping, stop the hair growth and bring on a normal period. There were so many teas and herbs that supposedly help with symptoms of PCOS but there were often warnings about potential dangers involved as well.
I finally came across an article about inositol and d-chiro inositol. As I continued to research I came across reports about studies that documented the effects of inositol on PCOS which included spontaneous periods within 6 weeks and weight loss. Supposedly, it has also been effective in helping with fertility and is, in fact, one of the ingredients found in pregnitude. I have included one of the links in this post to allow readers to read for themselves. www.pcosnutrition.com/links/blogs/a-combination-of-myo-inositol-and-d-chiro-inositol-.html
I started taking the powder in small doses because it did cause me to experience stomach cramping which is said to be a side effect of taking the powder. That being said these cramps do not last and are not reported to cause long term harm. Within weeks I did get my period. I have learned that if I take one teaspoon per day I will get regular monthly periods. The only downside is you cannot stop taking the powder because the PCOS symptoms will return. In any event inositol powder is a great natural alternative to the pill and does an excellent job of regulating menstruation.