SOS for PCOS: Diet

vegetables-for-PCOSMany women experience problems with their periods. But for many women, the problems can be caused by an increasingly common condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Last week we looked at possible causes and symptoms of PCOS.

PCOS is characterized by poor insulin function, with elevated insulin secretion reinforcing the cycle of hormone imbalance and anovulation (prolonged menstrual periods). Women who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of insulin resistance and prediabetes, but even thin women with PCOS have been shown to suffer from reactive hypoglycemia, where initial insulin oversecretion leads to rebound low blood sugar levels. Continue reading “SOS for PCOS: Diet”

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Supplements to Increase Fertility

After last week’s blog about fertility and diet, I received a number of emails about what else could be done to help boost fertility in women. I spoke to an herbalist and a naturopath about what supplements could safely be taken to help increase the chances of ovulation and conception, and this is what was recommended.

Chaste berry is an herb that helps improve ovulation and progesterone balance.

Vitamins B6 and B12, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc have all shown to improve fertility. A good prenatal supplement contains all of these important nutrients and can be taken while you are trying to conceive.

L-arginine is an amino acid that helps improve blood circulation to reproductive organs for better egg development and embryo implantation.

Vitamins E and C are particularly important for women with endometriosis. These antioxidants reduce inflammation that may prevent fertilization.  Continue reading “Supplements to Increase Fertility”

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