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Both myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol have been shown to effect ovarian function and metabolic factors in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). They have been shown to improve androgen levels, increase the action of insulin, reduce systolic blood pressure and more. The purpose of the current study was to compare the effects of myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol […]

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Heavy menstrual bleeding is one of the more common gynecological reasons why women come to their health care provider. The experience and results of heavy menstrual bleeding can greatly impact quality of life just due to frequency of needing to attend to bleeding protection in the bathroom, restricting her desire or ability to go out […]

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Diagnostic Criteria

The diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has been through many permutations in the last 30 years I have been in practice. The most widely used and accepted current definition of PCOS is from the consensus criteria from 2003, called the Rotterdam Criteria. The diagnostic criteria for the Rotterdam diagnosis of PCOS require the presence […]

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This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted in Iran with a total of 84 postmenopausal women. Women were randomly assigned to one black cohosh tablet per day (n=42) or one placebo (n=42) per day for 8 weeks. The severity of vasomotor symptoms and number of hot flashes were recorded in the pre-treatment phase and […]

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Researchers for the Iowa Women’s Health Study assessed health related issues including dietary habits and intake, and the relationship with type I (estrogen related) and type II (estrogen independent) endometrial cancer. A total of 23,039 were evaluated with an average age at study onset of 62 years. A total of 592 invasive endometrial cancers were […]

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NAC and PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders in reproductive aged women with multiple manifestations and consequences. It affects approximately 6-10% of reproductive aged women and the metabolic disturbances associated with it have immediate and long term potential outcomes including infertility, hyperandrogenism, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even uterine cancer. […]

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Maitake Mushroom Extract and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

The effect of Maitake extract was explored as to its ability to induce ovulation in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) in comparison with and in combination with clomiphene citrate (CC). An open trial was conducted in 80 women with PCOS at three different clinics in Japan. Seventy two patients were randomized and 36 received […]

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A prospective observational study was carried out in 50 breast cancer patients on tamoxifen, an anti-estrogen therapy that can also induce or worsen menopausal symptoms. All 50 women were post surgery, 87% of them were post radiation treatment and approximately half of them had received chemotherapy as well. Each patient was treated with an isopropanolic […]

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), is not really classified as a disease, because it is not a specific and constant set of symptoms and physical characteristics. Rather, it is better described as a syndrome, with a collection of symptoms, physical characteristics and laboratory findings. There are two consistent aspects of PCOS: hyper-androgenism and a lack of […]

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Thirty-two hirsute women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) were studied in an open-label clinical trial. All the women were given 100 mg of spironolactone per day while sixteen of them also received 3.5 g/day of a licorice root extract standardized to 7.6% glycyrrhetinic acid. Study duration was two months. Systolic blood pressure significantly decreasd at […]

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