Women who are experiencing symptoms of PCOS or want to normalise their menstrual cycle may prefer to take a simple food supplement rather than hormonal medication.
Irregular menstrual cycles can have several possible causes, including hormone imbalance, pregnancy, stress and health issues such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) — a condition affecting how the ovaries work and impacts 1 in 10 women in the UK. Whatever the reason for irregular ovulation, it can be particularly distressing for women who are trying to conceive.
Know what’s right for your body
It’s always wise to have any menstrual cycle-related issues checked by your GP. However, some women may be reluctant if they suspect that they will be prescribed hormonal medication.
This is not to say that hormonal therapy is without merit, insists Jane Tkachenko, Director of pharma company, Amaxa. For example, it can be successfully used to treat some types of infertility, make the menstrual cycle more regular and prolong menstrual cycles for older women. “It’s helped a lot of people,” she says. “Nevertheless, some women may question whether it is the best thing for them and their bodies over the long term.”
A safe, off-prescription remedy
Rather than going straight to hormonal medication, food supplements — available without prescription — may be a better choice for, say, girls who have an irregular menstrual cycle, or women thinking about conceiving.
For instance, Amaxa has developed a natural innovative complex, Miofolic — which includes myo-inositol, 4th generation folic acid and vitamin B12 — that can improve a woman’s reproductive function and normalise the hormone balance of those preparing for pregnancy.
It’s always wise to have any menstrual cycle-related issues checked by your GP.
Apart from empowering women to take control of their fertility, it can also be given to those experiencing PCOS symptoms. “Women should be guided by their doctor, but instead of hormonal therapy or IVF, they could start with a simple food supplement for four to five months to see if that makes a difference,” says Tkachenko.
“Depending on the dose, it can enhance your health or even correct PCOS if you take it consistently enough. It’s a more natural remedy that is safe and accessible. After all, a woman’s overall health is what really matters.”