Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Remedies

Zinc, Reduced Copper
Posted by Anon (Usa) on 06/12/2020
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Zinc for PCOS

This is a very good (long) article about how inadequate zinc and high copper levels contribute to PCOS, among other things.


Please note that cacao/chocolate is very high in copper. Hemp seeds are high in zinc and low in copper. A ratio of 7.5 parts zinc to 1 copper is recommended. 40mg per day is considered the tolerable upper intake level for zinc.

Posted by Jen (Queensland, Australia) on 12/03/2016

I would like to know why NAC (N-acetylcysteine - an amino acid) is not mentioned under PCOS as a treatment. My daughter is just awaiting blood results to confirm she has PCOS (difficulty losing weight, hirsutism, acne etc) and I have been researching it.

I ordered NAC for other reasons and was amazed to see how many other benefits it has including treatment of PCOS. I ordered her some as well and she is going to take it to her Dr and tell him she wants to try this rather than prescription drugs (ie Metformin - same results, but no side effects). According to scientific studies there was a trial of NAC and women taking 1.6g a day apparently had decreased BMI, hair loss, acne etc..

If anyone else has tried this I would like to know their experience with it and I will also report down the track on results for my daughter.

Maca Powder
Posted by Jdixon (Surrey, England. ) on 09/23/2014
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I recently bought Maca Powder from one of the supermarkets as I have been suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome since I was 15 years old. I am 22 years old now, and I hadn't had a natural period in over 5 years. I have been trying every remedy that has been researched for reliving PCOS. Apple cider vinegar being one of them, yet that seems to have no real impact.

However, I used maca powder in my smoothies for 2 weeks. And voila!. my first period! I haven't been so delighted! It may taste absolutely foul and smell revolting, but it seems to be the miracle for me. I have it in my smoothies every morning.

Try it and see what the benefits are for you. Many say it does nothing for them, but you may well be the lucky one.

Good luck :)

Maca Powder
Posted by Steve (Nv) on 02/28/2017

They will both work but gelatinized maca is much easier on the GI tract and is what the Peruvians actually use for these types of issues.

Liquid Chlorphyll
Posted by Shae (Cincinnati, OH) on 08/28/2014
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Long story short, I have a history of endometriosis and most recently diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). I'm used to having crazy cycles where I'll have no bleeding for 3-4 months, then bleed for 1 month straight.

This time around, I started bleeding in January 2014 and haven't stopped. It's like an ongoing spotting that never stops. From time to time I'd experience cramping/heavy bleeding/large clot for 6-7 days then resume the spotting.

I've tried the pineapple remedies, the molasses remedies, shephards purse etc. to no avail. What I did was simple: 1/4 C of liquid chlorophyll 1x per day along with 1,000 mg Vitamin C. Within 3 days, the bleeding slowed up a bunch. After 16 days (ie. 2 bottles) I've not experienced any spotting, no bleeding in the last 5 days!!!! For those who are experiencing heavy bleeding, give this a try and let me know what you think.

P.S. My fatigue, palpitations, shortness of breath caused from anemia are gone as well.

Chaste Tree Berry
Posted by Angie (New Milford, Nj) on 10/27/2016

Pam, hopefully you've already found a solution to your vaginal infection, but I'd try treating your husband with the antibiotics at the same time you are treated. That happened with me. Once we were both treated everything was okay. if you do that and it doesn't work, buy a parasite cleanse from the health food store. That has been known to cure chronic BV

Raw Vegan Diet, Kale Juice
Posted by Holly (Manchester, Uk) on 06/18/2013
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Hello, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries at 17. I am now 22. I refused the help my doctor gave as all he said he could do was put me on the contraceptive pill. Synthetic hormones which would lead to more inbalance in my body, no thank you.

For around 6 months I did the paleo diet. Which is more or less veg and meat. Very clean way of eating.

With this I did research and read that kale juice is apparently very good, so I bought a juicer and juiced kale as often as I could.

I lost 40 pounds in about 5 months. Had 3 periods in this time which I thought was amazing as I am usually lucky to get one a year.

Now 2 years on I am fully raw vegan, it's not for everyone I know. However the effects are too great to ignore. I have completely regulated my periods, I'm a healthy weight, and I feel amazing.

I had a scan on my ovaries a few months back and my doctor was astounded he said I was more or less cured and my ovaries looked like an average pair lol.

Please please please research the raw vegan way, read the amazing stories from people who have overcome illnesses.

Oh and kale kale kale, amazing!

Raw Vegan Diet, Kale Juice
Posted by Alya (UAE) on 09/24/2018

A lot of kale, broccoli, basically veggies from the Brassica family can interfere with thyroid hormone production, so be wary of that, everything in moderation :)

Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Jenatray (Alameda, California) on 05/09/2012

I just want to thank Earthclinic and everyone who shared their stories because your stories really helped me. I was bleeding continuously since late January 2012 and as of yesterday it stopped all together. I really believe Spirit lead me to this website. I figured out, via symptom list, 1 month ago that I was deficient in magnesium and iodine. I was diagnosed hypothyroid about 3 years ago. I was also briefly diagnosed with being Vit D deficient and was prescribed 5000IU of D3 for 2 weeks until the doctor ruled my levels to be back to normal.

I think with me being allergic to fish, since birth, and with having to take a short sale on the selling of my home, money loss, that I was unable to eat as much seafood and nuts that I usually wood to make up for it. To make a long story short I bought J. Crows liquid iodine and started supplementation a month and 2 weeks ago, I also suspected that I may have had calcified uterine fibroids so on top of taking geritol pills once a day and 3000mg of Inositol with folic acid, and B-complex I also added 400mg of magnesium citrate 2x per day, and so not only did this save my hair and instead of me going through 2-3 overnight maxi pads per 24 hrs per day I was now down to just 1 overnight maxi pad per day. I have to admit I read this website before around early 2011, when I should have been seeing the signs that my body was in distress, and I thought I would not have to resort to molasses or apple cider vinegar well I'm glad I did.

I made myself a coffee mug full of tea which included water, 2 capfulls of ACV(apple cider vinegar with mother), 1 squeeze of real lemon juice, and 1-2 teaspoonfuls of unsulphured blackstrap molasses. I drank this 2x per day, morning and evening. I know everyone's body is different. I thought due to me being obese that it would take a week or month for me to see results but in my case it took really just the first 2 days by the 3rd day I just drank 1 cup and by the 4th day I decided to only drink it if I saw spotting and I have not. I want to also add that I do suffer with PCOS and a week before I added the J. Crows iodine I also added extra b-6(1 capsule) and zinc supplements(1 25mg tablet) to help my body create progesterone to get me balanced again. For me all of this helped to gradually get my body balanced but the kill shot was definately the BSM, and I was able to do my 40min workouts again. I did research and I had no idea BSM had iodine, iron, potassium and so many other vitamins and minerals our bodies need. *For anyone reading this please listen to your body. Not listening to mine, inspite of genetics, definately was a factor in me becoming hypothyroid and PCOS. * I hope to share again in a few months with news of BFP. Wish me luck.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lara (Chennai, Tamilnadu,india) on 12/26/2011

Iwas diagnosed with pcos. My main problem is infertility. I am trying so hard to get pregnant through lot of teatments. Everything left with pain. One day I came across the this site. please let me know whether ACV works for pcos.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ashley (Saint Louis, Mo, Usa) on 08/01/2012

Hi Bill, I have decided that I am going to start the Lugol's Solution for my PCOS and have done some research and have read on other blogs and sites that supplements should be taken with the iodine. But when I listened to the 2 hour interview the Dr. Didn't say anything about his patients taking both and just want to know if Bill or anyone else has info. If so please post b/c I have been dealing with PCOS since 2007 and am ready to try anything to get rid of it or control it! So if anyone has any helpful info can you please email me or post it. Thanks in advance!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 08/02/2012

Hi Ashley... The reason that the videos you saw didn't mention companion nutrients for iodine is because iodine has such widespread and beneficial effects on the body and is therefore a highly complex biochemical subject in itself. Simply put, the lugols iodine companion nutrients like magnesium, selenium, zinc, B3 etc are all there in the protocol to remove other possible problems arising, which might also cause malabsorption of iodine/iodide in the body -- the much needed companion nutrients act effectively as essential body detoxifiers, immune boosters, powerful antioxidants and are also necessary for the production of body enzymes and coenzymes support involving the thyroid and whole-body iodine storage processes, which necessarily helps to prevent problems like auto-antibody reactions caused by excessive production of free-radicals when thyroid hormone production is suddenly increased in the thyroid gland.

Here are the companion nutrients which, at a minimum, should normally be taken along with lugol's iodine on a daily basis:

50 mg Iodoral or lugol's iodine minimum (may start with 12.5 mg).

Vitamin C - 3,000 mg per day (more may be necessary to detox bromide).

300-600 mg magnesium oxide (Iodine Investigation Project participants prefer magnesium glycinate or magnesium citrate.)

200 mcg selenium. The selenomethionine version is preferred by many.

500 mg niacin (B3) twice a day (NOT niacinamide). Start lower to avoid flush. *See update in left margin on the ATP Cofactors as an alternative.

100 mg Vitamin B2 three times a day. *See update in left margin on the ATP Cofactor as an alternative.

A comprehensive vitamin and nutrition program.

(Feb 2008) Dr. Guy Abraham cautions that "excess calcium supplementation (2,000- 3,000 md/day) has been the most common cause of poor response to iodine supplementation." Vitamin Research News Vol. 22. Number 2.

Source: http://www.breastcancerchoices.org/iprotocol.html

My own further advice and recommendations, which are optional, are as follows:

Avoid multivitamin tablets like the plague. For all the reasons, see the Vitamin C article that I wrote in a past EC Newsletter -- near the end of the article.

Use Magnesium Chloride or Magnesium Oil -- Mag Oil can easily be used transdermally and is the best magnesium form to take. For more info see Mark Sircus's book called Transdermal Magnesium Therapy.

Avoid Calcium in your diet - so avoid dairy. Excess calcium inhibits iodine absorption in the body.

Take L-Tyrosine -- 500 mgs per day. Tyrosine is needed to assist conversion of iodide to iodine for storage in the thyroid and other iodine storage sites in the body.

Take Chanca Piedra herb as a tea or as capsules(1000 mgs 3 times a day at meals). CP helps to protect and assist the liver and is also hypolipidemic, hypotensive, hypoglycemic and is a mild, cleansing diuretic for the blood. CP also acts as a calcium channel blocker.

Include zinc in you protocol.

Using Ted's alkalizing protocols will also beneifit you and help cure any malabsorption or pH issues.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 08/04/2012

Hi Linda... What you did in your iodine protocol was the correct thing to do. As regards needing to take the companion nutrients continuously, you should only continue taking the nutrients that you are lacking in your diet. So, if you are worried about this, then just get a hair analysis done to show you what minerals are lacking in your own body and you will find out what's missing in your diet or you can supplement accordingly.

So my view is that if you are sufficient in a nutrient like selenium in your body -- then there is no real reason to take it as a supplement.

Generally, it is also mostly true that nutrients like iodine, magnesium, selenium, Vit c, B vits etc are the biggest culprits missing from our diets. I thnk that many of the iodine companion nutrients are advised simply because most are actually the favourites missing from our western diets on a daily basis (thereby causing other problems). Of course this lack of food nutrients can vary from region to region because of differences in soil health too.

The main reason, when you start supplementing higher dose lugol's iodine, why you must take the iodine companion nutrients is to assure that there are no other reasons which contribute to iodine malabsorption or other problems in the body.

You are pretty lucky not to have had a Herx die-off or a detox effect while supplementing higher dose lugols iodine. In America, the food is grown on poor soils which are greatly lacking in essential nutrients and this problem is further compounded because of all the food additives -- heavy metals, bad halides, pesticides, fungicides and GMO that are eaten every day. 10, 000 years ago humans moved from being hunter-gatherers to having an agricultural diet existence. Then, from the 1800s onwards, with the birth of the Industrial Revolution were born the modern farming methods and drugs that we use today. Later, chemically processed foods were touted as the cheaper and healthier alternative for an overpopulated world. Trouble is that our bodies adjust very slowly to major diet changes -- and it is a fact that our bodies still haven't really adjusted yet to our original move to an agriculturally based diet 10,000 years ago. Meanwhile the FDA and USDA continues to tell Americans what is good for them to eat. And we just get sicker and sicker as a result, while the agricultural and drugs cartels get richer and richer. You don't really need a double blind placebo trial costing millions of dollars to know that this is so obviously true...

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Linda (New Haven, Ct, United States) on 08/05/2012

Thank you Bill for putting my mind at rest. I was beginning to think I was in error when I stopped the additional supplements once my maintaence dose of 5% Lugols began. I was only taking a multivitamin along with some Vitamin C (1000 mg) and Vitamin D (4000 IU) each day. I have just recently read your thoughts about multivitamins so am currently reevaluating my options. There is so much info here on Earth Clinic it can get a bit overwhelming at time. The suggestion for a hair analysis is an excellant one. Now I just need to find a good lab!

Saw Palmetto
Posted by Latinavaquerita (La Grande, Or) on 11/19/2011
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Hi, regarding the hair loss from PCOS, I am on Metformin, Spirinolactone & Yaz for insulin control and androgen blockers. This probably helped a bit in my hair loss around my face, but I added Saw Palmetto Capsules 450mg, 2 in the morning, and 2 at night to my routine and it made a big difference, I don't shed excessively or lose so much hair like before, now I shed what is normal like other people. Just wanted to share that with you to give you ideas. The Saw Palmetto is super cheap and you can get it at Walmart and other places that sell vitamins. Hope it helps. I just started with the Apple Cider Vinegar in hopes it will regulate my insulin. My weight spiked recently and I didn't get my period so hopefully the ACV will help.

Chaste Tree Berry
Posted by Vy (BX, NY) on 08/20/2008
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I have read everyone's comments and I would also like to add another natural form of attempting to regulate your period. My doctor recommends chasteberry extract - liquid form - add 23 drops to tea or room temperature water and this should be taken for 3 months before you can see any changes. I'm on my first month and I'm supposed to get my period soon. So I'll let you know how that turns out.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Elise (Perth, Wa Australia) on 03/06/2011

Hey. 2 years ago I gave birth to my beautiful little boy. Within about 3 months of having him, I rapidly gained a lot of weight. It was close to 40 kgs! I have also noticed that my hair just wont grow, I have really really terrible acne, and so much body hair! Its so depressing. I am 22 and used to be thin and attractive and get honked at everywhere I went, I havent had a single man even look twice at me in almost 2 years, not even my husband (who has looked elsewhere).

I recently had an ultra-sound as I suspected that I had cystic ovaries, and it turns out I do... Praise the lord! So I went back to my doctor who told me that there is no cure whatsoever besides weight loss, but that PCOS stops you losing weight!!! I pretty much wanted to jump off a cliff. She said I may want to consider lap band surgery to lose the weight, so I decided to search good ole earth clinic instead! Im sitting here with my disgusting cup of Apple Cider Vinegar in the hopes of curing me of my ugliness soon! Will keep you all posted on my progress.

Thanks for the suggestions people, please keep them coming. Its my only hope!
Love Elise

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ti (Houston, Tx, Usa) on 03/06/2011

Good luck with your weight loss. Below are some things that helped me tremendously with loosing about 80 lbs.

Green veggie juice every morning, made fresh from celery, cucmber, parsley, ginger and lemon.

Increased consumption of sea veggies like kelp, dulce, etc.

Coconut butter and coconut oil in cooking, as well as 2 tablespoons every morning.

Elimination of sugar, white and starchy substances.

Increase of good fats like avocado, raw nuts as well as coconut products.

45 mins of brisk walk.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Merry (Moorhead, Minnesota) on 06/12/2011

Re: bad taste of acv. If you put in a small pinch of baking soda it takes the taste away.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Heather (Phoenix, Az) on 10/06/2011
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Just a little something I've found. I drink my ACV in orange juice, you can still smell it but you can't taste it. I also take it for PCOS and acne. After about a week, I had a period finally and it wasn't horrible like they usually are. Still waiting to see if it helps with the acne my PCOS causes as some ladies have said it has. Good luck everyone! After trying all the things the doctor gave me and spending a ton of money on prescriptions, etc... Who knew a $5 bottle of ACV was just what I needed?!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Sarah (Toronto, Ontario) on 03/27/2008

This is replying to a question I was asked. My diet includes everything except for processed sugars and flour products, which I eat very limitedly. Most women with PCOS have blood sugar level problems, as I understand it, so think diabetic type diet. I also try to avoid large meals, and eat 5-6 small meals a day. The greatest book I found on PCOS which has everything regarding the PCOS diet is called "the natural diet solution for PCOS and infertility" its by Nancy Dunne. You can down load it as an ebook or order a hard copy. I found it really interesting to read. Very informative and most of all very gave me hope! Good luck!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Elise (Perth, Wa Australia) on 03/18/2011

atkins is like a cult..... Open mindedness people? I saw a doctor who runs an atkins diet club on a weekly basis. It included high fat, high protein, very few veg and the only fruit I was allowed was bananas. So im not entirely sure where your information is coming from. It also advocates the Atkins bars and diet sodas etc... Which are full of chemicals and sweetners. Quite unhealthy and actually gave me cholestrol problems, and im only 22! If you google atkins, it says all of the above again and again.

So really, saying someone has no clue is a bit rough, you may just personally have had a good experience, but I think you need to realise that its not for everyone, and clearly there are variations on the topic.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Monica (United States) on 06/01/2020
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I was diagnosed with PCOS 2/2019.

I've always had irregular periods since puberty at 11. I grew up on junk food (90s kid) and continued to eat that way throughout early adulthood (fast food and junk food). I developed psoriasis when I was 12 and it gradually got worse over the years.

In 2010ish I had an episode where I bled very heavily. Massive blood clots, could not make it to the bathroom without my vision turning white, head pounding, heart palpitations. I eventually recovered but never tried to figure out what happened. The same episodes happened again in 2015 and 2017. In 2017, I was hospitalized twice and the second time I was sent to ICU because my hemoglobin dropped to 2.4. They put me on birth control for the first time (high dose estrogen) and my bleeding stopped.

I continued to eat bad (chips, cookies, fast food, etc.) even though I am vegan. I never ate healthy. In 2019, I went to the RE (reproductive endocrinologist) because me and my husband could not get pregnant. She diagnosed me with PCOS after running tests. Since then, I still ate bad.

Starting this year 2020, I made the change to eliminate all inflammatory foods and get my life back. I was tired of going back and forth of being anemic. I cut out gluten, artificial and all sugars, refined oils.

I have lost 48lbs! PCOS is a low grade consistent inflammation disease and symptoms get worse from insulin spikes. Unfortunately, I am still dealing with irregular periods but that just tells me that I have a long ways to go.

My journey does not end here just because I lost 48lbs. I'm going to keep going until I get my symptoms under control.

My daily routine consists of: Intermittent Fasting Hot Green Tea (I can feel a huge difference when taking this daily on my testosterone levels)

11am-VERY LOW INTENSITY Indoor Cycling

11:30am- VERY LOW INTENSITY Weights >10lbs (push, pull, legs 5x a week)

12pm- Eat My Heaviest Meal (consists of whole foods; choice of beans or pulse, big bag of steamed veggies and choice of vinegar based sauce, choice of spices), extra virgin olive oil, cooked in cast iron pan. 2-3 squares of 90% dark chocolate lemon water throughout the day drink as much water as possible 5pm-Berry Smoothie with Myo-Inositol (blueberries, almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla pea protein, banana or dates) Gingerbread Smoothie with Myo-Inositol(blackstrap molasses, ginger powder, cinnamon powder, almond milk, chia seeds)

My period schedule: Prenatal with applesauce with breakfast and inositol with lemon water 23g Chelated Iron with lunch Blackstrap Molasses shake for dinner. Ibuprofen when I'm really desperate. I don't exercise during this time. My periods are extremely heavy and prolonged.

Massive clots then drop every time I go to the bathroom and flooding of bright red blood for 3 days then I spot the rest of the month.

Focusing on anti-inflammatory foods, healthy carbs, fiber, and loads of iron rich foods really helps me! P.S. I forgot to mention above that I had to have 10 blood transfusions and platelet transfusions. That's how much I bleed! Also I drink red raspberry leaf tea in the mornings in place of green tea if I feel like it, I feel it lightens up my period a bit.

Blackstrap Molasses, Charcoal, Aloe
Posted by Rachel (Port Of Spain, Trinidad, Arima ) on 01/31/2018
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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

2 years I not seeing periods and I take molasses, charcoal tablet and aloe an blend it an drink. It work last year but like period came for 5 days an never come back. Please advise other remedies I can try.

Blackstrap Molasses, Charcoal, Aloe
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 02/01/2018

Rachel, besides anything else, sage tea (the spice) and/or raspberry tea daily might help.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Crystal (Carolina Beach, Nc) on 05/28/2016
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Diet Change to help PCOS

To give a little backstory to indicate my history and symptoms. I'm 32 and I haven't had a period consistently without medication since I was in high school. I've always been overweight, minus when I was born, which I was underweight. In recent years, I have had dark hair growth on my chin and upper lip. I would occasionally get pangs of pain around my ovary area.I didn't know why I didn't have a period, and I didn't have insurance, a job or means of transportation to get to a doctor, so, it went untreated for years. When I finally did get a job with insurance I was 24. I was put on birth control and other things, and that made me have a period, but without it, I went back to the same situation I had before. I looked it up what it could be causing this, and figured it was PCOS. My doctor said, "The tests are weird. We could give it to you and you test positive when your negative and you could test negative when your positive." Basically hinting that it was a waste of his time, and seeing as how I had never had insurance before that, I had so many questions and probably seemed like a hypochondriac to him. I told him that sometimes I would get sharp pains in my ovaries, and he said, "You can't feel your ovaries." I quit that job to relocate and lost insurance. I managed to get to the health department a few times and they just gave me some generic birth control and it didn't treat it, it just made me have a period. Now on to current events.

Recently, I had had enough of being overweight and generally unhealthy. I had done the Atkins diet previously and stopped because my dog died and it made me not think of dieting anymore. That was in 2012. In April 2016, I decided to do a fruit and veggie detox that my two friends had done, and had lost weight from it, and I figured, why not? The detox is essentially 3 servings of fruit a day, no more. Select veggies you can eat as many as you want. No oil, no carbs, no dairy, no caffeine, no sugar, etc. only fruits and vegetables, no vegetables/fruits that have natural oils such as coconuts or avocados. I stuck to this somewhat for over a week, because I felt I hadn't done 100%, so I was going to go at it longer. I finally reached a point of being lightheaded alot and craved a steak. I went out to eat with friends and ate a steak and salad, which I ended up getting sick on. I don't know if this was due to my detox or the food was bad, or what. After I got over that, I went on the Atkins diet. Except I tried to not eat the full fatty meats, I tried a lower fat meat. As of a month after I began, I lost 14 pounds. I've gone down a shirt size and down a bra band size. Yesterday I began spotting. I was so relieved to finally see some semblance of a period.

While I'm dieting, I'm also on this 'get all the toxins/toxic things away from me' kick. I use conditioner that's made of 18 silk amino acids (search it online, you may find the one I use) and it leaves my hair SO soft. I'm trying to not use my name brand deodorant, because of aluminum and other chemicals/toxins in it. I saw a video about using coconut oil as a deodorant and instead of shaving cream. I tried it last night. I shaved with the coconut oil in all the normal places I shave and it was nice, it was different, but I was careful in case of razor burn, but I didn't get any of that. Of course, you're left with the coconut oil on your skin, but I didn't try to wash it off or anything. I kept the coconut oil on my armpits and as of almost 7 pm the next day, I don't smell. Maybe slightly, but you'd have to actually get your nose in my armpit to really notice. I haven't majorly sweated yet, but I will report back on that if anything changes or to just keep y'all updated. I also wash my face with my shampoo, as it's a seboregulating shampoo. I then tone my face with a 50:50 mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar and water, then I moisturize my face afterwards with coconut oil.

I do have a question: I have redness on my cheeks, chin and under my jaw. It's constant and I feel it may be broken capillaries. Is there a way to fix this? I'm trying to remedy a lot of things, and generally make myself healthier all around.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 06/19/2016

Just a wild guess, but the redness may be rosacea. It could be due to leaky gut syndrome.

Maca Powder
Posted by Jass (Toronto) on 02/27/2017

Were you using the raw or gelantized maca? I am so confused on which to take?

Chaste Tree Berry
Posted by Sofia (San Jose, Ca) on 06/21/2013
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I've was diagnosed with PCOS in 2011. Prior to knowing about my PCOS, I stopped taking birth control (on BC 10 years from 18-26) and I didn't get my period for 6 months. My face broke out completely and my facial hair darkened like crazy. I went to my gyno and he did an ultrasound where he checks your ovaries. I had cysts all over them and he told me I had PCOS. Since then, I have completely changed my diet (organic meats and leafy greens, cut out processed crap and added great multivitamins to my daily regimen). On top of my daily supplements, for the past year I have been taking Vitex Berry (mainly Chaste Berry extract: 2 pills in the AM) and my periods are now more regular than they have ever been off BC. My cycle now ranges from 27-33 days. Now that I believe I have my PCOS more in control, I have a bacterial infection down there that my gyno said was because of husband's sperm's PH balance and that will never go away. I am desperate to clear this infection up as the odor is not the best and the color is off (greyish/green tint). I have tried many things that make it better but none yet that have made it disappear. I am taking a regular women's probiotic, put teetree oil on tampons to mask the odor, tried tee tree suppositories, etc. I am skeptical about douching bc I've read its pretty bad but am interested in an ACV douche, thoughts? I am also looking for a great gynocologist (a doc with PCOS knowledge as well that is more into holistic treatments versus antibiotics) in the SF Bay Area... Anyone have a suggestion??

Thank you :)

Chaste Tree Berry
Posted by Anonymous (USA) on 06/21/2013

Iodine deficiency may cause PCOS. Iodine may help your other problem too. Just Google and see. Good luck and keep us posted.

Chaste Tree Berry
Posted by R (Nyc, Ny) on 06/25/2013

I cured a bacterial infection that was supposedly incurable AND HPV - I have been HPV free now for 2 years- by getting colloidal silver and aloe gel (it also has tea trea oil) and putting a little oregano oil in as well (about 5-10 drops - mix it in so it is not a concentrated and inserting it using a vagina applicator (you can use a tampon applicator, just remove the tampon and fill the tube. Do it at night and lay down immediately or when you insert it. The burning will stop in a few minutes. There was some shedding afterwards, but it stopped all issues I had down there. I also eat an extremely clean organic diet with no sugar, starches etc and did a juice cleanse but I feel this is really what cured everything as far as this issue was concerned. If you want to systemically also help - drink green drinks with 1-3 cloves of garlic juiced in them (start witn one clove if you aren't used to it and follow with water). I hope this helps - or helps someone out there.

Chaste Tree Berry
Posted by Aly (Stockton, Ca) on 10/24/2013

I will try the chaste tree berry. I would try the ACV douche, it can't hurt you since it is natural vs chemical/fragrance ones from stores. Also have you thought to have your husband drink ACV/water mixture to help balance ph in sperm. Not sure it if will work, just a idea I am throwing out there to avoid future infections.

Chaste Tree Berry
Posted by Tenesha (Ga, Usa) on 12/14/2014

Take whole ( Greek) plain yogurt and insert it into your vagina. Let it naturally run out. The yogurt restores balance in your Virginia! Lol:)

Chaste Tree Berry
Posted by Pam (Texas) on 01/22/2016


I was in the same boat but I did the Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with distiller Water. One part Apple Cider Vinegar to 2 parts water. I used a turkey baster from the dollar store. Then I got a tampon and dipped it in coconut oil with oregano oil. I used the organic wild oregano oil about 15 drops per tablespoon of coconut oil. It burned for about a minute but then I felt relief. My odor was gone and all was great. A month later after having sex with my husband a few times the symptoms came again. I did the same regimen and it went away. The doctor blamed it on my husband too, but since he can't do much about it at least now I know I can.

Chaste Tree Berry
Posted by Aly (Florida) on 04/14/2016

You and your husband should take a couple of tbs of ACV twice a day with a full glass of water.

Chaste Tree Berry
Posted by Emily (Alabama) on 01/04/2018

I have PCOS as well, and I have issues with bacteria from my husbands sperm PH. It's obviously from that because within hours after sex, my smell has drastically changed and that's even with urinating and bathing right after sex. In learning my problem, a friend suggested douching with equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide. Although I had always been adamantly against douching, I tried it out of desperation. It worked so well! I also noticed that it also helps me to start a delayed period. Just thought I would share my experience! I want to try the chaste tree berry!

Raw Vegan Diet, Kale Juice
Posted by Tanica Sayers (Atantic City New Jersey United States) on 09/04/2013

Hello my name is Tanica I have been struggling with pcos since I was 18 yrs old I have been on many diet that have not work maybe a pound here and there but nothing to be too happy about. I have been really hard hard about becoming a vegetarian I heard that is a good way to health with pcos.. What I would like to know is how do you add protein into this lifestyle change it I only do veggies? So one help me with this please.

Raw Vegan Diet, Kale Juice
Posted by Mike Giller (Denver, Colorado) on 09/04/2013

Tanica: I take raw cocoa powder, hawaiin spirulina, Korean chlorella, soaked nuts and seeds, black chia seeds, and non gmo red miso for protein and nutrients on a raw vegan program.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Remedies
Posted by Ezekiels Mama (Hb, Ca) on 06/12/2013

Hi there! I have been diagnosed with PCOS which stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It is a red flag for just about anything you can think of from heart disease to endomitiosis to breast cancer. I am trying to heal my body through diet and exercise and I thought that a healthy dose of some natural supplements wouldn't hurt either. Is there anything I can use that will help to balance out my lady hormones? I am 35 and just had my first baby without any complications. :) I want to make sure to continue in a healthy lifestyle by using these supplements.

Thank you in advance for any and all advice you can give!

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Remedies
Posted by Anonymous (USA) on 06/12/2013

Try blackstrap molasses.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Susan (Waterford, Mi, Usa) on 06/16/2013

What a great idea! But where do you get empty gel capsules??

General Feedback
Posted by Sophie (Dayton, Ohio, Usa) on 11/07/2012

Hi Earth Clinic, this is Sophie again. I promised to update you on my PCOS situation, so here it is: I had a transvaginal ultrasound to check for ovarian cysts and also full bloodwork to look at my hormone levels, blood glucose, etc. I just got the results today. BOTH tests came back normal. I do not have cysts and my testosterone levels are normal. HOWEVER, my doctor, who is excellent, said that a lot of times you can have PCOS and still come back normal on all the tests. It's a disease of varying degrees... Some people have it worse than others. Because I am experiencing all the classic PCOS symptoms (facial, chest & foot hair; thinning hair; easy weight gain and difficult weight loss; long intervals between periods; ovulation pain) he is putting me on Metformin. PCOS is primarily a problem of insulin resistance. Your body makes enough insulin, but cannot use it efficiently. This causes your hormones to get out of balance, slows your metabolism, and causes the weight gain.

I have so far been treating myself by going completely grain free and eating a low-glycemic, high-protein diet. My doctor agreed with me that it was the best way to eat for PCOS. I am also upping my intake of oily fish again (although I already eat a lot! ). I have not started the Metformin yet, but my plan is to use it for a short time just to "reset" my system so that my body becomes more receptive to the insulin and I can lose the weight. Unless I get down to a normal weight, the PCOS will continue to progress, because fat causes the insulin resistance to get worse and affects hormone production. I am supposed to re-evaluate my situation with the doctor in January.

The decision to use the Metformin has been a difficult one, because it seems to me that PCOS should be easy to manage with proper diet and exercise. I hate taking any kind of medication. But truthfully, I do not see being able to lose the necessary weight in a reasonable amount of time just doing it on my own. I am fighting an uphill battle, as I have been eating right and exercising for 2 years without success. So I am going to take a very low dose of Metformin just until I can get myself on the right track. Then I am confident that my low-glycemic, high-protein diet plus daily exercise will be enough to keep my PCOS under control.

Has anyone out there with PCOS taken Metformin? What were your experiences? Were you able to stop taking it and manage your PCOS naturally?

Also, I am not trying to get pregnant, so that does make a little difference. I don't mind if my fertility is not restored, I am mostly concerned about the possibility of the PCOS progressing and leading to diabetes and heart disease, which is common with PCOS.

Thank you everyone on Earth Clinic! I appreciate all your wonderful advice and support, and I welcome your suggestions.

General Feedback
Posted by Trish (Trinidad And Tobago) on 04/29/2015
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Hello, I used metformin 3 times a day 500g for almost 9 months. it made me dizzy sometimes and also I had frequent bowel movements

However, the main side effect was that it caused severe lactic acid built up in my body which resulted in severe cramps and muscle pain so that my body was in intense pain to the extent I had to be hospitalized and treated with quantitites of ibruprophen to dilute the acid.

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