Thank you ladies!
WishClean, so I wonder if the glucosmart is managing my progesterone levels on it's own then? It is a pricey supplement but my mom pays for it because of the hell I went through with other medications over the years. I have blonde hair, so facial hair is not that noticeable, though I do occasionally get a random long one on my cheek or something (awkward). I do think glucosmart and spiro help with that though.
GreenGables, what do you think- would the glucosmart and progesterone be overboard or would they work together with spiro to help my acne? I've gone back to taking my spiro at night, I'm not sure if that will make a difference but, in retracing my steps, I've decided to go back to my prebreakout regimen in order to be sure there isn't something small I'm missing that could have been the catalyst for this (like time of day I take spiro). So would it be better to take the progesterone cream a few hours apart from the time I take spiro or does it matter? What do you think the impact, if any, of the bcomplex (I took and stopped) could be?
Well, it's hard to tell without getting tested to at least have an indication of whether your progesterone is still low or not. I read the product description on the Glucosmart website, and they are alleging that it "halts PCOS", which is definitely an exaggerated claim to make! Maybe it helps make PCOS more manageable, but I doubt there is a supplement or a drug that cures PCOS completely. Also, they are saying it's suitable for both men and women, so maybe the dosage of inositol is not that high so that men can use it too....I'm not sure.
As for b-complexes, they usually give you more B12 and B6 than you need compared to all the other Bs, so it's best to get the Bs you need separately or from food. For some people, high amounts of B12 and B6 can aggravate acne.
I'm taking metformin right now for my PCOS and it works great for lowering my testosterone, but just ok for my skin. I do get less inflamed pimples on it, but the improvement is nothing like taking spiro which cleared my skin completely. I think, though, that I am going to have to stop taking the metformin because it is making my hair fall out. Spiro makes my hair fall out too so I feel like I can't win with any hormonal treatments
Have you guys heard of berberine? I'm considering trying it instead of metformin because of the hair loss. Here's some info I found:
Hmm berberine sounds promising...the issue with the study you cited is that the participants were also receiving an antiandrogen in a birth control pill (for both groups), so it's hard to say what the effects would be if berberine was taken on its own.
My doctor told me that metformin can help with PCOS but will probably not entirely clear my skin, but I never tried it. If you want to see a study that compares the effects of inositol (what I'm taking) to metmorfin, check this out: http://www.naturalme...asp?article=326
When comparing the effects of metmorfin and inositol to ovulation (which many PCOS women have issues with, resulting to acne in some), this is what they found:
"In this study, myo-inositol offered a significant advantage over metformin in restoration of spontaneous ovulation in patients with PCOS. This also resulted in a non-significant increase in pregnancy rate. In addition, patients on myo-inositol reported no side effects during the course of treatment. Myo-inositol should be considered as a first-line treatment in patients with PCOS experiencing chronic anovulation or infertility secondary to anovulation."
Now, if a supplement can exceed the effects of a drug in terms of regulating ovulation, then it has potential for exceeding the benefits of metformin in other respects too. But of course, pharmaceutical companies don't want us to know this. There are some studies on its impact on acne as well. Some studies combine it with folic acid, but I discovered it works just as well on its own in powder form.
Anyway, just another option for you to think about.
Edited by WishClean, 20 September 2013 - 11:35 PM.