I am in my 30's and was put on the pill after having a child to help with my PCOS......did not work...and made me feel sick all the time.
I had to stop taking it.
I just ordered inositol-5 and have been taking it for 10 days and I have finally started my menstrual cycle. It has been a 1.5yrs since I last had it. I hope that this is a hopeful sign.
Editor's comments: Yes, it's a hopeful sign.
In our newsletters, we reported two recent studies showing that inositol improves hormone balance and helps to restore normal cycles in women who have polycystic ovarian syndrome.
We also reported another medical study showing that women with PCOS who were taking inositol had a dramatic drop in their testosterone levels; their testosterone levels were only about 1/3 of what they were before taking the inositol. Too much testosterone is associated with many PCOS symptoms, including infertility.
Very recently, we reported research of PCOS women who took supplemental inositol for six months to determine its effects on skin conditions such as hirsutism (excess hair) and acne. After 3 months of taking inositol, the women had reduced testosterone and improved insulin function. In addition, after 6 months on the inositol, they also had significant reductions of both hirsutism and acne.
Another study has suggested that inositol may be beneficial for improving egg quality in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome.
So when you look at all the evidence, it appears the inositol supplementation is a very good idea. Inositol also does not have any of the side effects that birth control pills have.
The amount of inositol a woman needs will vary with the individual. Some will need more inositol than others. Some may need a special form of inositol called d-pinitol.