Yeah, that was actually one of the studies I read, but the issue with any study is that they don't follow up with patients after more than the 48 weeks of the study (or however long each study lasts), so we have no way of knowing what the long term results are. Plus, they were also taking estrogen with progesterone, so that could alter the results. I think for all of these studies, they need to do a follow up after 1-3 years to show us the long term effects.
It's interesting that the cream works topically for you. I tried applying it on active acne but it didn't help me much. There are some anti-aging products that contain progesterone, so it can definitely help with skin texture.
Yes, I think inositol could possibly affect the hormone testing but I'm willing to take that chance, esp. if my testosterone levels decrease by the time I get the test results. For saliva testing, it could take up to a month to collect the samples, and I wasn't willing to put up with flare ups for another month, plus 1-2 weeks until the results come in. So yeah, it could sway the results a bit, but I think I'll still be able to get an indication of my hormonal imbalances because inositol will definitely not correct the issue in such a short time span.
Actually, on the inositol bottle I use, the only benefits it mentions are cellular function and nervous system. I didn't know that either, but it's certainly a bonus.
Keep us updated on your progress! I'm glad you found something that works for you, and it gives me hope that we can beat hormonal issues without giving in to standardized treatments. Customizing your treatment is the way to go. But of course, pharmaceutical companies want us to keep buying expensive drugs so we are left to believe that we have no choice but to take those pills. The medical field can be really unethical in that respect. My doctor practices integrative medicine, so she is receptive to supplements and bio-identical treatments. She has put me on a high dose of vitamin D2 because I was deficient, and she is trying to help me find alternative ways to treat PCOS rather than just throwing a bunch of pills at me. But she doesn't know much about inositol, I was the one who told her about it and she did some research and was surprised at the results of the studies. I'll keep you posted....I will make an update in 2 more weeks, then every 2 weeks after that to see how it progresses. So far, I'm surprised it's already reduced my facial fuzz and my numbness, and my dosage is lower than what they used in the studies.