What is PCOS? You might be surprised to learn that one in ten women suffers from PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome, and that it’s one of the leading causes of infertility. A syndrome means that there are several features of this illness that occur together such as signs or symptoms. Some syndromes have one cause such as Down Syndrome; others have many causes.

Symptoms of PCOS include: irregular or no menstruation, enlarged ovaries with multiple cysts, depression and anxiety, obesity (60% of women with PCOS are obese), and androgen virilization.

Androgen virilization is when women have “male” types of symptoms such as deepening of voice, hair recession or balding, hormonal acne, and excess hair growth (called “hirsute”) on places such as the face or chest.

There are several possible causes of PCOS, and one main theory is that it is a result of unhealthy insulin levels in the ovaries.

Insulin insensitivity disrupts the health of the ovary. The result is a hormonal imbalance and especially an increase in androgen production, resulting in many of the symptoms above.

Fortunately, Longevity Herbs offers a new product that can help balance this out. “Inositol” is used to balance the levels of insulin in the ovaries and it may help with the PCOS symptoms, especially the androgen virilization.

In one study, researchers concluded that supplements like Inositol is a “simple and safe treatment, capable of restoring spontaneous ovarian activity and fertility in most patients with PCOS.”

Inositol works by improving the way the ovaries use insulin and glucose – the energy supply to transform.

Another tip we suggest to improve fertility for women with PCOS (or men/ women in general) is to pursue a Mediterranian diet and especially to consume low levels of dairy. In our Beverly Hills treatment center, we have noticed that PCOS patients tend to eat high levels of dairy products.

PCOS is a very commen ailment and even though it is a burden for the women with this disorder, it may be managed through alternative treatments.

What do you think about using supplements to help alleviate symtoms of PCOS? Do you use any traditional or alternative treatments? Please share your success stories or experiences below!