Inositol for PCOS & Fertility
ByJoanne Aponte, ND •April 21, 2023
Inositol is a great supplement for PCOS and improving fertility. And there is good research to back it up! But when taking inositol it is important to take the right dose and the right form.
The form of inositol called Myo-inositol is the best form for most women with PCOS and fertility challenges.
- Reduces IVF cancellation rates.
- Increases ovulation
- Improves metabolic health – both lowering insulin and cholesterol levels.
- Lowers androgen levels and helps reduce hirsutism and acne
The therapeutic dose of Myo-inositol is 4 grams per day.
D-chiro-inositol is another form of inositol and in studies it has shown benefit for PCOS but only when used in the right patients with the right dose. Otherwise, it can actually worsen your fertility! Studies have shown that higher doses of D-chiro-inositol can actually worsen egg quality and reduce ovarian response in normal weight and non-insulin resistant women. DCI is not for all women with PCOS since a higher percentage of PCOS women are normal weight and not-insulin resistant.
- Only take this form of inositol if your BMI is >30 and you are insulin resistant
- Take D-chiro-inositol in combination with myo-inositol in a 40:1 ratio
If you have PCOS or if you are struggling with fertility, come in and talk with me. Let’s determine together if Inositol could benefit you. – Dr. Aponte
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