Breastfeeding and PCOS: Maximizing Success

I’ll never forget the moment when I first learned that women with PCOS may have a difficult time breastfeeding. I had just given birth after days of labor only to have an emergency c-section. As soon as I was transferred to a hospital room, Terri, the hospital lactation consultant burst through the door. With her were piles of handouts and a contraption I had never laid eyes on before: a hospital grade breast pump. Immediately, Terri started telling me that because I have PCOS, I may experience a problem with breastfeeding. One way to minimize any risk was to start pumping milk-NOW!

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Should you Take a Multivitamin?

A recent report on mulitivitamins in the Annals of Internal Medicine grabbed the media’s attention with its title ‘Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements’. In this report, the authors concluded that based on the review of three trials, there was no clear evidence of a beneficial effect of supplements on all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, or cancer (1). Their message is this: “Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.” One of the most asked questions we hear from our patients at the PCOS Nutrition Center is whether or not women with PCOS should take a multivitamin, so I thought it would be helpful to write a blog post about the answer.

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Combination of Myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol: A First-Line Treatment for PCOS

Inositol is a member of the B-vitamins and a component of the cell membrane. Inositol is found in fruits, beans, grains, and nuts and is also made by the body. While there are nine forms of inositol, myo (MYO) and d-chiro-inositol (DCI) types have been well studied in women with PCOS, both showing good results. Here’s what you need to know.

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Introducing Ovasitol: The First Combined Myo and D-Chiro Inositol Supplement in the U.S.

Ovasitol is an inositol supplement scientifically formulated to promote menstrual regularity and normal ovarian function. Manufactured by THERALOGIX, it is the first and only inositol supplement that has been independently verified for content accuracy, purity, and freedom from contaminants through a not-for-profit certification program (NSF® International). Ovasitol is formulated by an advisory board of leading reproductive health specialists. Ovasitol is the only supplement in the United States to contain a combination of myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol, in the body’s natural ratio of 40 to 1. Recent studies have shown that taking a combination of these two forms, in this ratio, is more beneficial to women with PCOS than taking MYO or DCI alone. Better yet: Ovasitol is also much more affordable than other popular inositol supplements for PCOS.

 

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Green Coffee Bean Extract and PCOS: We Spill the Beans

After Dr. Oz promoted its “magic” weight loss benefits on his show, millions of Americans were introduced to green coffee bean extract. And chances are, you’ve seen the ads, contests and promotions for green coffee bean extract targeting women with PCOS. We’ve received numerous requests from women asking us for our advice regarding the use of green coffee bean extract for helping with symptoms of PCOS, especially, if it causes weight loss. In this post, we spill the beans by examining the scientific evidence of green coffee bean extract for the management of PCOS.

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Berberine and PCOS: What to Know

The benefits of berberine on fertility and insulin sensitivity in women with PCOS.

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