I'm still taking inositol! I actually stopped for a few days because I was going to take some blood tests, and my skin got worse and I also got a few stray chin hairs. So it's definitely working, but I need to increase the dose because my testosterone is on the high end of the "normal" range and might be too high for me.
I will also be taking chiro inositol, I just got it in the mail today and can't wait to try it. It's supposed to be stronger than myo inositol and it works faster, but it's better to always go for the cheaper option first to see if it works for you. Inositol works better on an empty stomach...I usually just take it with water right after I wake up, and also in between meals. Try to take most of it in the morning, then wait at least 30 mins before eating. Also try to take it once more in the afternoon to make sure it stays in your system because it's water soluble.
Do you have PCOS?
Vitex cleared me steadily, so I don't think it's one of those things where it gets worse before it gets better, at least in my case. But when I got off it my hormones were off balance again and the acne came back full force unfortunately. I'm hoping inositol will be enough for me because supplements like this one are much safer than herbs in the long run.
Hey Wishclean, i was wondering what your progress is like with inositol? Mine came in the mail today! And i took 1/4 teaspoon of it with a smoothie i made.
So far, Vitex and Saw palmetto have not really been doing any much with my skin. I am thinking of getting off vitex because i think its making me break out even more. However i'm wondering, when you got off vitex did you break out even more? Im a little bit scared because thats the last thing i need right now :/ If inositol works i really wanna get off saw palmetto too. My stomach is always uneasy, not too an unbearable point but just becuase i keep incorporating all these things into my body.
Isn't that how vitex is supposed to work as well? I'm not sure why I got more facial and body hair on vitex, why do you think that is? Most women say it reduces their testosterone, not the other way round.
I got my lab results today.. they didn't even test for SHBG! Testosterone was 35, so in the higher end of normal (2-45), DHEA sulfate was 205 (40-325 range), progesterone 0.9 on day 2 of my cycle, and estradiol (I'm guessing E1 or E2, or total? ) is 48, so it's actually on the low end of normal. But they only measured 1 type of estradiol.
The doctor's suggestions were to start using progesterone cream or start the myomin or go back to vitex, or try DIM. But she said if inositol is working I should just up the dose and stick with it and hopefully I won't need anything else. She wasn't that helpful in terms of telling me which route she thinks it's the best. She even mentioned spironolactone but I have low blood pressure and anyway I wouldn't take it because I hate taking drugs long term. She also wanted me to start retin-A, but my skin is so sensitive and I can't bare to go through another "it gets worse before better" phase.
A few quick comments on Myomin. If it's an aromatase inhibitor, then that means that testosterone will be inhibited from converting to estradiol. The other direction in the metabolic pathway is toward DHT. So, an aromatase inhibitor will decrease estrogen, increase androgens (DHT) and potentate the effectiveness of androgens by lowering SHBG.
Oddly you seem to have the opposite response.
Edited by WishClean, 02 December 2013 - 09:37 PM.