I remember sitting in my specialist’s office, listening to her tell me about the conventional options of managing my PCOS symptoms (none of which included Ovasitol). That day was rough. I had just undergone an trans-vaginal ultrasound to confirm that my left ovary was cystic.
I always knew I had PCOS– long before I finally found someone to confirm it with science. You can read all about my PCOS journey here. Long story short, after many lifestyle changes– quitting hormonal birth control, starting to use FAM, and LOTS of women’s health research– I knew I had PCOS. Knowing you have PCOS and having a healthcare professional confirm it are two very different things, though.
That day, I knew that an ultrasound cannot diagnose PCOS. I also knew in my heart of hearts that I had PCOS. Regardless, those ultrasound results felt like a physical blow. My world was cracking around me. I was overwhelmed with information. Deep in my core I felt betrayed by my body and by my doctor.
Looking back on diagnosis day, I feel grateful. I had accumulated so much knowledge about PCOS that I was confident in my approach to managing my symptoms; even when the diagnosis itself felt too heavy to bear. While she was talking about all the conventional methods of managing insulin resistance PCOS I was already thinking of how I was going to manage my symptoms as naturally as possible– my way. Enter Ovasitol. Taking Ovasitol is most definitely NOT a cure-all, but it’s been very significant in reversing my symptoms.
Great! So What is It?
Ovasitol (by Theralogix) is the first supplement of its kind. It combines myo-inositol (MYO) and D-Chiro-inositol (DCI) into one supplement. It’s pretty cutting edge actually! It’s specifically formulated to deliver a 40:1 ratio (2000mg MYO and 50mg DCI) which mimics the body’s natural levels. The powder is flavorless and can be mixed into any beverage.
Here’s a list of the benefits:
- Promote normal blood sugar balance*
- Promote regular menstrual cycles*
- Support normal hormone levels*
- Promote Egg Quality*
- Support Healthy Lipid Levels*
How does Inositol compare with Metformin?
Metformin is the go-to conventional drug for women with Insulin Resistant PCOS. I’m thrilled that modern medicine has given us this option, but it’s not my fav.
Metformin is often given as a cure-all (much like hormonal birth control), and it’s not followed up with diet/nutrition help, exercise advise, pros/cons, long/short term side effects, OR what happens when the Metformin stops working. Wait- it can stop working? Uhm… yeah, girl. You cannot take Metformin and not do anything else to help your body deal with insulin issues. Please re-read that. If YOU don’t take care of you, it will progress into T2 Diabetes (a LIFESTYLE disease). No ifs, ands, or buts. This is exactly why I’ve chosen to forego the Metformin in favor of different methods of management. In the end, I felt like it was just a band-aid.
Metformin and Inositol work in two different ways.
Metfromin reduces the amount of glucose in the blood stream while Inositol helps cells better receive the glucose and process it. In recent years there have been quite a few studies done to test the effectiveness of Inositol vs Metformin. Studies have proven time and time again that Metfromin and Insoitol are both effective in improving insulin sensitivity. In a recent study Inositol showed much better results for weight loss, ovulation, and pregnancy. Another study suggested that Inositol was a better option than Metformin.
In the end, I stand by the fact that diet and exercise has to be the FIRST LINE of management for PCOS. Should you need additional supplementation, then I urge you to seriously look at your options and understand what it is you’re taking, why, for how long, and what that really means short/long term. While I would love to give you a ‘this is best, this isn’t,’ but the truth is YOU have to decide (with the help of your doc 😉 ) what is best for YOUR body.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.