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Cycle Update: What Supplements I’m Using For PCOS

imageedit_12_6291043896.jpgFirst of all, I’d like to specify that I am not a doctor. The supplements that I’m using are ones that I have chosen after my own extensive research. I encourage everyone to do their own research. What works for me may not work for anyone else (and I’m still figuring out exactly what works for me). This is simply to share what I am (currently) doing to treat my PCOS.

Well, it’s yet another long cycle. I’m currently on cycle day 65. I’m not too frustrated right now, because I have changed up my supplements this month, and it takes awhile for them to kick in. I was going to wait until CD 1 to add new supplements, but honestly I had no idea how long I’d be waiting. Anyways, I just figured that now would be a good time to update on what I’m currently doing to treat my PCOS. I’m feeling hopeful that once I do begin a new cycle that I will see a difference (since I will also begin tracking my basal body temperature again at that time). Along with that hope, I have contemplated other options that I will have to evaluate when I see how the next few cycles go. Since it takes a few months for the supplements to really start showing results, I am just trying to be patient and consistent.


For starters, I do take a prenatal vitamin with DHA, which I have been taking for eight months now. Prenatals are important to take before becoming pregnant for basic nutritional reasons, but also for the folic acid. Folic acid takes about three months to build up in your system, and is supposed to help prevent neural tube defects in a developing baby during the crucial first month of pregnancy. Now, onto the supplements (I will include a list of specific doses at the end)!

Vitex

The first supplement (and one that I’ve been using for a few months) is Vitex. Vitex is an herb known for supporting the pituitary gland, which controls the hormonal feedback loop. So, it can help to increase LH and progesterone, lengthen a short luteal phase, and balance absent or irregular menstrual cycles. That last one is my particular reason for using Vitex. In the past, Vitex has worked for me, but I was using a different brand (which I will talk about towards the end).

Maca

Next is Maca Root. According to natural-fertility-info.com, “Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance.) Maca has the ability to affect key hormones in both women and men without containing hormones itself.” I use Maca because of it’s ability to balance hormones, particularly estrogen and progesterone. So far, I’ve been using it consistently for almost two months.

Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto is known to help reduce some especially annoying symptoms of Hirsutism caused by PCOS and elevated testosterone levels. I’ve struggled with acne since I was a teen, but it’s become a lot worse over the past three or four years. For about two years now, I’ve also noticed unwanted facial hair, and just this year I’ve been experiencing thinning hair. It sucks. As if infertility wasn’t enough to make me feel like less of a woman, these symptoms are just the cherry on the sundae. There’s lots of great info about Hirsutism, and how Saw Palmetto works to reduce these symptoms here. I’ve been consistently using this for almost two months, and I’m happy to say that this is one thing that I can already tell is working for me! I haven’t noticed much improvement in my thinning hair (I suspect that will take a bit longer to notice), but my acne quickly began to subside, and has been practically non-existent for a week now. I’ve also noticed that the facial hair has decreased, and what has come in is a lot lighter and less coarse. I’m hoping to keep seeing results, and, if so, I will follow up with a separate post about my experience with this wonderful herb!

L-Arginine

This is the newest supplement that I’ve added just this week. L-Arginine is an amino acid that promotes blood circulation to the ovaries, uterus, and genitals. This is important for healthy egg production, and adequate cervical mucus production. Both of these are important for me since I usually have anovulatory cycles. The body also creates Nitric Oxide from L-Arginine, which is said to decrease inflammation — also important for those of us with PCOS! In order to explain why I decided to add this supplement, I’ll need to give some background on another supplement that I used to take.

FertilityBlend is the very first fertility supplement that I tried, about four years ago, and again about a year ago. However, the second time I was quite inconsistent with it, and received very little results. The first time, though, it brought my period on like clockwork for three months. We weren’t ready to actually start TTC then, so I didn’t keep using it. I was just relieved to know that it would work for me once we were ready.

So what is FertilityBlend? Basically it is a prenatal vitamin plus a fertility blend (Vitex, Green Tea, L-Arginine). For me, the most important ingredient was Vitex. When I was diagnosed with PCOS last summer, I decided to try Vitex again. I didn’t go for the FertilityBlend brand, though, because I didn’t want to spend the $40 per bottle (lame excuse, I know). Anyways, since the Vitex alone hadn’t been working as quickly as FertilityBlend, I thought about giving the ingredients another look. This is where I realized that L-Arginine might be the missing link. Now that I’ve added it, I’m hopeful that it will make a difference in bringing on my period and regulating my cycles. The only other ingredients in FertilityBlend that I am not taking with my supplements (or included in my prenatal) are magnesium and green tea. I’m not sure if they would be beneficial, as I haven’t done any research on it.

I am almost positive that when I am finished with all the Vitex that I currently have (I had purchased a 5 month supply), I will be going back to FertilityBlend. It would just be more convenient to have a majority of the supplements I’m taking in one dose. I would still plan to continue with the Maca and Saw Palmetto.


Daily Supplement List With Doses

1 capsule — Nature Made Prenatal Multi + DHA (contains 200mg DHA and 800mcg Folic Acid)

2 capsules — GNC Vitex (total 1000mg)

2 capsules — GNC Maca Root (total 1050mg)

1 capsule — GNC Saw Palmetto (540mg)

1 capsule — Spring Valley L-Arginine (500mg)


I hope you all enjoyed this update! I am hopeful that I will be seeing CD 1 soon, and I look forward to keeping you all posted on my results! Let me know if you have recommendations for any other supplements to treat PCOS. Comment below with what you’re currently using or what has worked for you!

2 Comments

  • PearlyShells

    I can’t wait to hear your results! I’ve also been on Vitex and Maca for a few months. When I first started I was on CD 73. Two weeks in I got my period. I was so happy. The next month I got my period which made me happier. Now though, I may need to look into FertilityBlend as I am on CD 63 with no hope in sight.

    • Heather

      I definitely recommend FertilityBlend! I kinda wish I would have just gone back to it right away, but I have cheap tendencies a lot of the time 😉 haha. But if it works, it’s worth it. Those long cycles are rough, I’m sorry you deal with them, too! Good luck, and let me know if you decide to try FertilityBlend! 🙂