New Risks of Birth Control Pills for PCOS

Oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) have long been demonstrated as a treatment option for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) who suffer from irregular or absent periods. Despite its benefits, OCPs have been associated with adverse health effects in women, even in the teenage years. Some professions question if OCPs are just a Band-Aid and don’t address the root cause of the syndrome. Women who go off OCPs still find that their period is irregular or absent, sending many to fertility clinics for help. If you are a parent of a young girl with PCOS or are a young girl yourself, you may be asking if the pill is really a good idea.This article reviews the risks and benefits of OCPs for young women with PCOS and alternative treatments.

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7 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Vitamin B12

Do you have a B12 deficiency? People with PCOS need to make sure they are getting enough vitamin B12. Why? Metformin, oral contraceptives, and common heartburn medications can deplete levels of vitamin B12. Conditions that interfere with nutrient absorption, such celiac or Crohn’s disease, can also affect levels of B12.Here are some common signs and symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency.

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The Relationship Between Vitamin D and COVID-19

Emerging research shows a relationship between Vitamin D levels and COVID-19. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic earlier this year and still little is known about the potential protective factors as the world waits for a cure, treatment, or vaccine. Past observational studies found independent associations between low serum levels of Vitamin D and susceptibility to acute respiratory tract infections and even Influenza. Newer research is now showing an association between low levels of Vitamin D and COVID-19. This is important for people with PCOS as vitamin D levels have been shown to be low.

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Best Ways to Lower Testosterone for PCOS

Are you finding your acne, body hair growth and thinning or shedding of hair happening more right now? And it doesn’t help that hair salons and wax centers are closed! These symptoms are common in PCOS people and is mostly due to high testosterone levels. Did you know that stress can worsen testosterone levels? Yup. Cortisol, the good old stress hormone, affects the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) pathway, the exact same system that manages most of the hormones associated with PCOS. Here are some effective ways to lower testosterone.

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

Inositols have been suggested as a first-line treatment for PCOS. Have you heard about the numerous benefits of inositols for PCOS but not sure what kind to take? This article summarizes the differences between the two main types of inositols, MYO and d-chiro inositol (DCI) including what they are and what they do, their benefits, and any potential side effects to look for. Here’s what you need to know.

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What to Know About Taking Metformin for PCOS

If you have PCOS and have been prescribed metformin, chances are you have a lot of questions and concerns about taking this medication. The majority of people with PCOS have high insulin levels which causes weight gain, cravings, and even dark patches on your skin. Over time, exposure to high insulin levels can make you insulin resistant or turn into type 2 diabetes. Metformin is a well-known medication used for PCOS, which works to lower your insulin and reduce your risk for diabetes. This article will tell you everything you need to know about taking metformin if you have PCOS, how to manage side effects, as well as alternative treatments.

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