Can Cinnamon Improve Fertility?

About 11% of women in the U.S. have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to full term in the 15-24 year age group.1 Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is commonly the cause.

PCOS is a hormonal condition in which women produce excessive amounts of androgens. The ovaries may grow cysts, which can lead to hormone imbalances and difficulties with ovulation.

Symptoms of PCOS may include menstrual irregularities, weight gain, male pattern baldness, and acne.
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PCOS, The Hidden Epidemic, Part Two, Clomid, Metformin and Dexamethasone to Induce Ovulation

PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Janet Leigh PsychoPCOS, The Hidden Epidemic,  Part Two, Clomid, Metformin and Dexamethasone to Induce Ovulation

PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome and Hirsutism

by Jeffrey Dach MD

Click here for Part One of this article.  This is Part Two.

Above left image: Many women with PCOS are frustrated by mainstream medical treatment, and may feel like this photo of Janet Leigh from the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Psycho, (c) copyright 1960 Paramount Pictures.

A Patient With PCOS (more…)

PCOS, The Hidden Epidemic

PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome and Hirsutism

by Jeffrey Dach MD

Click here for Part One of this article.  This is Part Two.

Above left image: Many women with PCOS are frustrated by mainstream medical treatment, and may feel like this photo of Janet Leigh from the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Psycho, (c) copyright 1960 Paramount Pictures.

A Patient With PCOS

Cindy, a 34 year old flight attendant had been taking birth control pills for 17 years because of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).  The chief complaint was acne and hirsutism from high testosterone levels, for which the birth control pills had been prescribed.   Cindy had married a year ago, and was now ready to start a family, so she had discontinued the birth control pills on her own a few months before arriving to my office.  Cindy had one normal menstrual period in the last four months since stopping the BCP’s.  Cindy came for an office visit because she wanted a treatment that would restore normal menstrual cycles, fertility, as well eliminate the excess facial hair, acne and other androgenic effects of elevated testosterone levels.

Lab Findings

Laboratory workup showed absent progesterone production on Day 19 of her cycle indicating anovulation.  Genetic testing for CYP21A was negative for nonclassical congentital adrenal hyperplasia.  Her DHEA and testosterone levels were mildly elevated.  Baseline 17 hydroxyprogesterone was normal.  Treatment was started (see below).  Three months later Cindy called to report that she was pregnant. (more…)

A Powerful Antioxidant That Treats Autism, Diabetes, Bronchitis and Removes Heavy Metals

A metabolite from an amino acid which is classified as both a nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical drug, has been used to treat bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, high cholesterol, diabetes, HIV, autism and even cancer. It assists in the production of glutathione, which plays a key role in regulating many cellular functions and helps keep the immune system in check. Moreover, it helps detox the body chelating dangerous heavy metals.

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is converted by the body into an amino acid called cysteine. Proponents claim that taking N-acetylcysteine supplements can protect against a wide range of health problems and the science backs up the claim. (more…)

5 Primal Superfoods for Fertility and Pregnancy

pregnant3This is a guest post from Chris Kresser of ChrisKresser.com.

As a clinician with a special interest in fertility and pregnancy nutrition, two of the most common questions my patients ask are:

  • Is a Paleo/Primal Blueprint diet safe during pregnancy?
  • What are the most important foods to eat for boosting fertility and ensuring a healthy pregnancy?

I’m going to answer these questions in this article. But before I do, let’s first take a moment to discuss the importance of proper nutrition for fertility and pregnancy. (more…)

Doctor Detective with Bryan Walsh Case Study #2: Low Thyroid and the Immune System

Summary: In this week’s case study, Doctor Detective meets a woman suffering from thyroid issues.  Low thyroid can affect many people — especially women — in all shapes, sizes, ages and stages of life. The symptoms are many and treatment is complicated.  But Doctor Detective knows just what to do.  Find out how treating the underlying cause of a thyroid problem often gets better results than just taking thyroid medication. (more…)

Maitake SX-Fraction and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Maitake SX-Fraction, a proprietary extract made by Mushroom Wisdom Inc., induced ovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in a 2010 study. Polycystic ovary syndrome, an endocrine disorder, affects an estimated 7% to 8% of reproductive women. Symptoms include absence of menstruation and/or scanty flow, presence of ovarian follicular cysts, and hyperandrogenism indicated by elevated basal LH (luteinizing hormone) and normal basal FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), and possibly hirsutism. Insulin resistance and high insulin blood levels, which accompany PCOS, contribute to hyperandrogenism by increasing production of ovarian androgen and decreasing the synthesis of sex hormone binding globulin. (more…)

How Unfit Fat Helps Cause PCOS and Type 2 Diabetes

Your white adipose tissue is a metabolic organ that must function correctly for optimal health – especially for the hormonal well being of women. PCOS affects 5% – 10% of reproductive age women, to varying degrees.  Its hallmark symptoms are acne, facial hair growth, and disrupted menstrual cycles.  Insulin resistance and high testosterone are typically demonstrated on lab tests.  This problem can occur with or without weight gain – but a new study explains that when PCOS is combined with weight gain1 then type 2 diabetes is knocking at the door. (more…)

DHA Improves PCOS

PCOS is a problem facing many women wherein too much androgen/testosterone is causing ovarian malfunction, acne, and facial hair growth. While part of this problem is caused by leptin and insulin resistance, the high androgen/testosterone profile is its own problem and increases the risk for a type of breast cancer later in life. Additionally, many women can have a high androgen/testosterone profile without full blown PCOS, typically reflected in a history of struggles with acne (and likely elevated testosterone via lab tests).  A new study shows that omega 3 fish oil1 (of which DHA is the primary anti-inflammatory oil) can lower testosterone and improve PCOS. (more…)

Maitake SX-Fraction and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Maitake SX-Fraction, a proprietary extract made by Mushroom Wisdom Inc., induced ovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in a 2010 study. Polycystic ovary syndrome, an endocrine disorder, affects an estimated 7% to 8% of reproductive women. Symptoms include absence of menstruation and/or scanty flow, presence of ovarian follicular cysts, and hyperandrogenism indicated by elevated basal LH (luteinizing hormone) and normal basal FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), and possibly hirsutism. Insulin resistance and high insulin blood levels, which accompany PCOS, contribute to hyperandrogenism by increasing production of ovarian androgen and decreasing the synthesis of sex hormone binding globulin.
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