PCOS Management

Those undergoing PCOS experience dramatic changes in hormonal levels, leading to an increase in facial hair, acne, obesity, and also triggering irregular cycles. 

Unived’s PCOS Management supplement is formulated with the proven 40:1 ratio of Myo-inositol to D-Chiro-Inositol, and also contains key supportive nutrients such as Alpha Lipoic Acid, Chromium picolinate, Vitamin D3, Folate as L-5 Methyltetrahydrofolate, and Natural Calcium from Algae.

We use Caronositol® which is a 100% natural D-chiro-Inositol, derived from the fruit of the Carob tree, a standardized and studied ingredient that has shown tremendous benefits in cases of PCOS.

KEY BENEFITS 

  • Helps reduces hyperinsulinemia, hyperandrogenism, LH levels
  • Helps maintain healthy hormonal balance 
  • Helps regularize healthy menstrual cycle 
  • Helps reduce symptoms of PCOS like facial hair (hirsutism), acne, and insulin resistance 
  • Reduces oxidative stress

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Ingredients Per Serving

Myo-Inositol – 2000mg, Alpha Lipoic Acid – 300mg, Algas calcareas – 206mg Of which Calcium – 66mg & Magnesium 5mg, Caronositol® (Natural D-Chiro-Inositol 97% from Carob pods) – 50mg, Vitashine™ (Vitamin D3 as Cholecalciferol from Lichen) – 400 I.U., Folate (as L-5 Methyltetrahydrofolate) – 200mcg, Chromium Picolinate – 200mcg

Delivers a 40:1 ratio of Myo-Inositol (2000mg) : D-Chiro-Inositol (Caronositol® – 50mg).

Serving Size

Four Capsules

Nutrition Facts

Unived PCOS Mangement Nutritional Facts & Ingredients

Benefits

PCOS is not a disease that can be cured it is a syndrome that requires supplemental, dietary and lifestyle management support. Unived’s PCOS Management helps deal with the symptoms to normalize the regular menstrual cycle through the use of inositol isomers.

Unived’s PCOS Management contains Myo-Inositol and Caronositol® which is natural Plant-Based D-chiro-inositol in ratio of 40:1, which is the physiological ratio required for a healthy menstrual cycle to function. DCI and MI together are known to lower insulin resistances, insulin levels, hyperandrogenism, and LH and LH/FSH ratio levels.

We have also included  Alpha Lipoic Acid which is a potent antioxidant and helps reduce insulin resistance, maintain healthy progesterone levels and aids follicle maturation. It has proven to work in combination with MI and DCI to improve PCOS.

PCOS Management also contains 200mcg folate in its most active form L-5 Methyltetrahydrofolate to lower homocysteine levels, Vitamin D plays a crucial role in the reproductive organs due to its many receptors present helps to overall support the functions of DCI and MI. Menstrual cycle irregularity is evident with calcium deficiency. Calcium with vitamin D is better absorbed and plays a role in oocyte activation, follicular responses and maintenance of hormonal levels. Chromium picolinate is a necessity because it plays an alternative of the drug Metformin which is normally used to bring down blood glucose, insulin and insulin resistance.

Together, we provide a holistic approach towards PCOS Management.

Key Benefits

  • Helps improve menstrual dysregulation
  • Helps improve ovulation by improving follicular responses and aids follicle maturation
  • Helps reduce insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity
  • Helps reduce total and free testosterone levels
  • Helps reduce elevated luteinizing hormone levels
  • Helps maintain healthy luteinizing hormone/Follicle stimulating hormone ratio
  • Helps maintain progesterone levels
  • Helps reduces oxidative stress
  • Helps reduces symptoms like Hirsutism, Acne, alopecia and insulin resistance

Product Description

Description

PCOS Management

How Unived's PCOS Products HelpMyo-Inositol – it is naturally converted to DCI in the body but because of epimerase inactivity it is excess in the serum and due to DCI-paradox deficient in the ovaries. Thus is important to supplement with both the inositols to achieve balance. MI has shown to lower LH, PRL, T and insulin levels significantly, as well as LH/FSH ratio and insulin resistance to some extent.

Caronositol® –  unived’s PCOS contains natural D-Chiro-Inositol from carob extract which helps with ovulation by maintaining serum progesterone levels, reducing LH/FSH ratio and LH levels also reduces insulin resistance and hyperandrogenism (free testosterone).

ALA – is an absolute antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress. It is reported to help with improving ovulation, number of menses, serum progesterone levels and reduction of number of ovarian peripheral cysts. Also helps reduce insulin resistance and insulin levels and increases HDL-C

Chromium picolinate – works as an auto amplification system for insulin Signaling and helps reduce fasting blood glucose levels thus aiding the enhancement of insulin sensitivity. It also helps with reducing testosterone levels.

Vitamin D3 – is natural and plant-based and helps with reduction of insulin resistance and excessive androgen (male hormone) levels, also helps deal with menstrual dysregulation and improves follicular responses to FSH hormone and normalizes AMH levels.

Calcium – it is very important for regular menstrual cycles as it plays a role in activation of oocytes and improving follicular responses also helps to lower LH levels and increase levels of FSH.

Every ingredient plays a part in normalizing one or all hormones that are involved in PCOS. The basic goal is to lower LH, insulin, insulin resistance, androgens and improve FSH responses. All this together will promote ovulation and regular menstrual cycles.

Additional information

Pack of

1 Month Supply, 3 Month Course

What is PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women and a major cause of anovulatory infertility[1] Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex heterogeneous disorder that has several aspects in terms of pathology such as metabolic, endocrine, reproductive, and psychological[2]. It is the most common endocrine diseases that affects 5 to 10% of women of adolescent and reproductive age[2].

There is increasing evidence to suggest that PCOS affects the whole life of a woman. It can begin in utero in genetically predisposed subjects, it manifests clinically at puberty, and continues during the reproductive years[1] .

Several studies suggest that insulin resistance and hyperandrogenism play a central role in the progression of PCOS pathophysiology. Therefore, common treatment strategies of PCOS are based on lifestyle modification, which include exercise, diet, and nutrient supplementation therapy[2].

Normal Menstrual Cycle VS PCOS Cycle

The menstrual cycle is regulated by hormones. Luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which are produced by the pituitary gland, promote ovulation and stimulate the ovaries to produce estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen and progesterone stimulate the uterus and breasts to prepare for possible fertilization. The menstrual cycle has three phases:

  • Follicular (before release of the egg)
  • Ovulatory (egg release)
  • Luteal (after egg release)

In a Healthy Menstrual cycle, when the follicular phase begins, levels of estrogen and progesterone are low. As a result, the top layers of the thickened lining of the uterus (endometrium) break down and are shed, and menstrual bleeding occurs. About this time, the follicle-stimulating hormone level increases slightly, stimulating the development of several follicles in the ovaries. Each follicle contains an egg. Later in this phase, as the follicle-stimulating hormone level decreases, only one follicle continues to develop. This follicle produces estrogen.

The ovulatory phase begins with a surge in luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone levels. Luteinizing hormone stimulates egg release (ovulation), which usually occurs 16 to 32 hours after the surge begins. The estrogen level decreases during the surge, and the progesterone level starts to increase.

During the luteal phase, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone levels decrease. The ruptured follicle closes after releasing the egg and forms a corpus luteum, which produces progesterone. During most of this phase, the estrogen level is high. Progesterone and estrogen cause the lining of the uterus to thicken more, to prepare for possible fertilization.

If the egg is not fertilized, the corpus luteum degenerates and no longer produces progesterone, the estrogen level decreases, the top layers of the lining break down and are shed, and menstrual bleeding occurs (the start of a new menstrual cycle).Regular Menstrual Cycle

Menstrual Cycle with PCOS

In PCOS, the cycle is hindered right in the follicular phase. The follicle stimulating hormone increases for follicle maturation but;

  1. With PCOS, LH levels are often high when the menstrual cycle starts. The levels of LH are also higher than FSH levels.
  2. Because the LH levels are already quite high, there is no LH surge. Without this LH surge, ovulation does not occur, and periods are irregular.
  3. Girls with PCOS may ovulate occasionally or not at all, so periods may be too close together, or more commonly too far apart. Some girls may not get a period at all.

A high percentage (55–75%) of women with PCOS have an elevated LH/FSH ratio presumably due to high levels of LH rather than reduced production of FSH. Higher LH further leads to excessive androgen production and the ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs. Inositol imbalance consisting of excess myo-inositol and deficient chiro-inositol is a measure of insulin resistance this is because of epimerase inactivity in PCOS. All this could be a result of many factors.

PCOS Symptoms

  1. Menstrual disorder – oligomenorrhea or amenorrhea meaning irregular periods or no periods at all.
  2. Reproductive concerns/Anovulatory cycles – The majority of women with PCOS have anovulation. With this comes infertility as well as problems of dysfunctional bleeding[3]. Perhaps the most frustrating reproductive concern for women with PCOS is pregnancy loss. The spontaneous abortion rate in PCOS is approximately one third of all pregnancies3.
  3. Hirsutism – presence of terminal hair on the face and/or body in a masculine pattern. It is the most common symptom, found in about 60 % of women with PCOS1.
  4. On diagnosis – presence of 12 or more follicles of diameter 2–9 mm or an ovarian volume of more than 10 mL in follicular phase1.
  5. Obesity – not all women with PCOS are obese and not every obese woman has PCOS. But when present, obesity worsens the clinical presentation of PCOS increasing insulin resistance and resulting in a further elevation of ovarian and adrenal androgens and of unbound testosterone3.
  6. Impaired glucose tolerance & diabetes – All women with PCOS are therefore at risk to develop impaired glucose tolerance and overt type 2 diabetes3. In a recent study, impaired glucose tolerance was found in 31% of women of reproductive age, with PCOS and diabetes in 7.5%3.
  7. Acne
  8. Alopecia – consists of progressive hair loss or thinning Hair loss in PCOS usually involves thinning at the vertex with maintenance of the frontal hairline1.

Factors responsible for PCOS

  1. Altered secretion of GnRH and gonadotropins: GnRH produced by the Hypothalamus enters the anterior pituitary gland and cause it to produce two important hormone; FSH and LH. GnRH over stimulation causes, indeed, excessive LH production1.
  2. Ovarian and extraovarian hyperandrogenism: Hyperandrogenemia is the most typical hormonal alteration of PCOS. Hyperandrogenism has a multifactorial origin attributed mostly to the ovaries with a substantial contribution from the adrenals and a minor contribution from fatty tissue. Aromatase is the enzyme that converts androgens into estrogens. It may be responsible for hyperandrogenism as Low aromatase activity has also been demonstrated in women with PCOS1.
  3. Hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance: Since many women with PCOS seem to have insulin resistance, compensatory hyperinsulinemia is thought to contribute to hyperandrogenism by direct stimulation of ovarian production of androgens and by inhibition of liver synthesis of SHGB that increases testosterone availability. Insulin also increases ACTH mediated adrenal androgen production1.

The action of insulin on the ovary uses the inositol glycan system as a signal mediator, a different mechanism from the system activated by phosphorylation of the receptor at tyrosine level in other tissues. An increase was observed in urinary clearance of inositol in some American and Greek women with PCOS. It reduces tissue availability of inositol. This mechanism could contribute to insulin resistance present in PCOS women1.

Briefly, insulin is considered as a key hormone for hyperandrogenism in the PCOS pathophysiology via two different pathways2:

  • Insulin stimulates androgen production of theca cells with luteinizing hormone (LH) and elevated androgen production leads to hirsutism, acne, and anovulatory infertility.
  • Hyperandrogenism associated function of insulin is inhibition of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) synthesis in the liver.
  1. Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH): Women with PCOS have higher serum and Follicular Fluid concentrations of AMH compared to controls. This is closely correlated with greater development of antral follicles and arrest of follicular growth. High serum levels of AMH are directly correlated with an increase in testosterone and/or LH concentrations in women with PCOS, as well as with altered oocyte maturation and low embryo quality1.
  1. Other factors like unhealthy diet or eating habits, inactive lifestyle, environmental factors or genetics can also contribute in the development of PCOS.

Although the etiopathogenesis of PCOS is still controversial, mentioned above are some hypotheses that have been proposed in the recent decades1.

Stages

According to the Rotterdam criteria, PCOS is confirmed by the existence of at least two out of three criteria

  1. Hyperandrogenism,
  2. Chronic anovulation,
  3. Polycystic ovaries on ultrasound findings

Clinical Manifestation

The typical clinical indications of PCOS are: anovulatory cycles, ultrasonographic evidence of polycystic ovaries and hirsutism1. Many women are also overweight or obese and have an increased risk of developing metabolic syndromes in later life1. During pregnancy, there is a higher chance of miscarriage, gestational diabetes and hypertension1.

Who should consume PCOS Management?

Unived’s PCOS products are for every woman trying to deal with daily struggles of  PCOS.

If you are someone who is looking for something that helps regularize your cycles and manage symptoms associated with PCOS, but at this age & stage in life you may not be very focused on trying to conceive, then we recommend our PCOS Management product for you.

If you are someone who is looking for all of the above, but at this age & stage in life you are also trying to conceive, then we recommend our PCOS Fertility product for you.

Please note, the PCOS Management product is formulated to address PCOS related imbalances, when these imbalances get addressed and your menstrual cycles resume, you do stand a chance to conceive. So, it is not that if you consume the PCOS Management product you will not have chances of conception.

The PCOS Fertility formulation is specifically formulated in a ratio that is clinically studied and has shown to deliver a higher chance of conception, while also addressing all the PCOS symptoms.

Therefore, if you are at the age & stage in life where you not only want to address the symptoms but also want to try and conceive in the coming months, then we recommend choosing the PCOS Fertility product. Otherwise, if your focus and desire is only symptom management then do opt for the PCOS Management product.

It is just that one formulation offers a higher chance of conception as compared to the other.

We hope the suggestions are clear. Please feel free to speak with us if you require further clarification.

Mode of Action

Inositols

Two inositol isomers, Myo-Inositol (MI) and D-Chiro-Inositol (DCI) have been proven to be effective in PCOS treatment, by improving insulin resistance, serum androgen levels and many features of the metabolic syndrome[4].

The enzyme epimerase converts MI to DCI, maintaining a physiological ratio of 40:1, which varies from tissue to tissue. The conversion rate of MI to DCI ranges from 7% to about 9% in normal healthy females and is much lesser in women with PCOS due to insulin resistance in the systemic circulation. In the setting of epimerase deficiency, less MI can be converted to DCI, a state of relative DCI deficiency occurs, and insulin resistance is promoted. This, in turn, leads to the metabolic complications of hyperinsulinemia[5].

Therefore to summarize; in the serum,

PCOS Mode of ActionIn the ovary, MI and DCI have specific duties to perform. MI supports FSH signaling, whereas DCI is responsible for insulin-mediated testosterone synthesis. In the normal ovary, these activities proceed in balance, allowing the maintenance of normal hormonal levels and facilitating ovarian function. In the polycystic ovary, systemic insulin resistance (hyperinsulinemia) accentuates epimerase activity, thus creating a higher DCI-to-MI ratio. This promotes hyperandrogenism and reduces the efficiency of MI-mediated FSH signaling5.

Myo-inositols

  • Myo-inositol administration improves reproductive axis functioning in PCOS patients reducing the hyperinsulinemic state that affects LH secretion[6].
  • Consistent significant changes were observed in Group A (under MYO+folic acid administration) since several hormonal parameters changed during the treatment interval. Indeed mean plasma LH, PRL, T and insulin levels significantly decreased, as well as LH/FSH ratio, the index of insulin sensitivity glucose/insulin ratio and the HOMA index.
  • Insulin response, evaluated thirty minutes following oral glucose load, was significantly reduced in group A patients as well as the AUC of insulin with respect to baseline conditions.
  • Reduces LH/FSH ratio (40.05%)[7]
  • Reduces total testosterone (6.84%) levels7
  • Reduces HOMA Index (5.54%) i.e. reduces insulin resistance7.

Caronositol® D-Chiro-Inositol it is natural Plant-Based DCI from carob extract obtained by a patented process. It helps reduce hyperandrogenism and skin disorders in women suffering with PCOS. DCI helps PCOS affected women by regulating normal ovulation.

  • DCI administration to PCOS patients is able to improve insulin sensitivity and to reduce serum free testosterone levels leading to normal cycle and ovulation4.
  • Serum levels of DCI are reported to be lower in women with PCOS, both at baseline and after administration of glucose loads. DCI treatment has been found to reduce insulin levels, lipids, and blood pressure, in women with PCOS5.
  • Administration of exogenous DCI may be a means of bypassing defective epimerase activity and achieving the downstream metabolic effects of insulin in DCI-deficieny tissues5.
  • Reduces LH (0.88%) levels7
  • Reduces Free testosterone (1.26%) levels7

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a potent antioxidant and has been reported to improve glucose control in type 2 diabetes patients and in women with PCOS, to improve insulin sensitivity and reproductive and metabolic disorders4.

  • Clinical and metabolic aspects of women on DCI and lipoic acid treatment (p<0.5) underwent improvement with respect to the Control Group4.
  • 3% of women on treatment underwent a significant improvement of the HOMA-IR and 68.1% of insulin4.
  • Improvement of the number of menses and of progesterone serum levels was reported by 68.6% (p<0.001) and 64.4% (p<0.001) for treated women, respectively4.
  • Data confirmed that 2/3 of (p<0.001) women underwent ovulation4.
  • 2% of women underwent a reduction of number of ovarian peripheral cysts4.
  • A significant increase of HDL-C was demonstrated in the treatment group4.
  • Such improved metabolic profile obtained with a short treatment can improve the clinical and reproductive aspect of women with PCOS and all the symptoms primarily related to hyperandrogenism, chronic anovulation and insulin resistance4.
  • In a study, 68.6% of women on treatment obtained increased menses; this could be due to the associated antioxidant effect of lipoic acid to the DCI4.
  • The administration of DCI plus ALA significantly changed LH, A, insulin and LDL plasma levels. Also, BMI and the HOMA index decreased significantly[8].
  • Patients with no familial diabetes showed improvements only in plasma LH, insulin and A levels, as well as in the HOMA index8.
  • The combined DCI+ALA regimen, at the low dosages was effective in improving both hormonal and metabolic parameters8.

Chromium Picolinate consists of trivalent chromium, an extremely safe and highly tolerable trace mineral which is present in normal diet and is combined with picolinate acid in order to enhance gut absorption. Chromium (Cr) is a safe and highly tolerable trace element provided by dietary intake and dietary supplementation, especially chromium picolinate. Cr is an essential element in glucose and insulin homeostasis[9].

  • Previous study have reported that daily supplementation of Cr (200-1000 mcg) in form of Cr picolinate has resulted in decreased blood glucose levels9.
  • Chromium picolinate, an over-the-counter product, improved insulin sensitivity at the insulin receptor level9,[10] and effectively reduced insulin resistant and treated hyperinsulinemia as well as hyperandrogenemia but did not significantly affect the hormonal changes10, at the elevated level of intake, was devoid of adverse effects in human studies10.
  • Chromium functions as a part of an auto amplification system for insulin Signaling and promotes enhancement of insulin sensitivity10
  • In the patients who received chromium picolinate, Fasting Blood Sugar significantly decreased after 3 months of treatment (p=0.042)10.
  • Cr supplementation reduced fasting insulin in subgroup of studies with>10 participants (effect size: -0.86 mIU/ml, 95% CI: -0.67, -0.17; p = 0.001) (I2= 63.7%, P= 0.06)6.
  • The serum levels of fasting insulin significantly decreased leading to an increased insulin sensitivity as measured by QUICKI index (p=0.014)10.
  • After 3 months of treatment by chromium picolinate, serum levels of testosterone decreased by 0.12. In the same way, the serum levels of free testosterone decreased by 0.2 in chromium9,10.

Vitamin D3

Studies have suggested that vitamin D also plays a role in reproductive functions. Vitamin D receptors are expressed in the ovary and testis, suggesting that vitamin D is active in these organs. Vitamin D deficiency may be the missing link between insulin resistance and PCOS.

  • Several studies indicated an association between low levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OH-vitamin D) and manifestations of PCOS including insulin resistance, hyperandrogenism, and infertility[11].
  • Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) inhibits the recruitment of primordial follicles, decreases the follicular sensitivity to FSH, and inhibits granulosa cell aromatase, leading to an increase in intrafollicular androgen levels. Treating PCOS women with vitamin D supplements normalized their serum AMH levels11.
  • Vitamin D may activate the transcription of human insulin receptor gene as the promoter of this gene has a vitamin D responsive element (VDRE)11.
  • Menstrual regularity was reported six months after the intervention in 58% of the patients in group I and 70% of the patients in Group II[12].
  • As compared to group I, follicular response was relatively higher in group II three and six months after the treatment12.
  • On the other hand, vitamin D deficiency causes insulin resistance and diabetes which induce hyperandrogenism followed by menstrual irregularity12.
  • In a study, the regulation of menstrual dysfunction occurred in 70% of the subjects who had taken calcium & vitamin D and metformin12.
  • A study showed menstrual regularity in 70% and follicular response in 28% of the patients who had taken calcium & vitamin D and metformin12.
  • Vitamin D treatment has been shown to improve various clinical parameters in vitamin D-deficient women with PCOS including glucose intolerance, hypertension, and androgen levels12,[13].

Folate

Unived’s PCOS formulation also includes L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate, which is the most biologically active form of the B9-vitamin, folic acid. Folate in this product supports MI functions and helps to reduce Homocysteine levels that may be elevated in PCOS

Calcium

The importance of calcium in the regulation of both meiotic and mitotic cell division cycles in mammalian oocytes has aroused considerable interest Because of the importance of calcium in both oocyte activation and maturation; abnormalities in calcium homeostasis may play a role in the pathogenesis of PCOS[14].

 

  • Follicular response was relatively higher in supplemented group14
  • The growth of follicles after treatment was significantly higher in supplemented group than in placebo14.
  • Menstrual cycle irregularity improved significantly only in the supplementation group11.
  • The combination of dietary calcium insufficiency and vitamin D deficiency may be largely responsible for the menstrual abnormalities associated with PCOS11.
  • A significant decrease in LH levels was observed in the supplemented group11.
  • A significant increase in FSH was observed in the supplemented group11.

Diet, Exercise, and Lifestyle Modifications

PCOS Lifestyle ChangesDiet and exercise are important parts of managing PCOS. Knowing the right foods to eat as well as the kinds of food to limit can improve the way you feel. Eating well, staying active, and maintaining a healthy weight (or losing even a small amount of weight if you’re overweight) can improve PCOS symptoms[15].

PCOS MANAGEMENT DIET MODIFICATIONSExercise

It’s really important that girls with PCOS exercise, because exercise brings down insulin levels15,[16] and can help with weight loss. Exercise can be especially helpful in lowering insulin after a meal15,16. So, if possible, go for a walk after you eat a large meal. Any increase in exercise helps, so find an activity, sport, or exercise that you enjoy. If you aren’t doing a lot of exercise now, start slowly, and build up to your fitness goal. If you only exercise once in a while, try to exercise more regularly. Work towards increasing your physical activity to at least 5 days a week for 60 minutes per day16.

A good fitness plan should include a balance of stretching, toning, and aerobic activities.

Weight Management Tips

  • Choose nutritious, high–fiber carbohydrates instead of sugary or refined carbohydrates
  • Balance carbohydrates with protein and healthy fats
  • Limit your portions when you’re eating high–carbohydrate foods (especially ones that are low in fiber), and try to eat them with foods that contain protein.
  • Eat small meals and healthy snacks throughout the day instead of large meals
  • Exercise regularly to help manage insulin levels and your weight

References

References

[1] V. De Leo, et. al., “Genetic, hormonal and metabolic aspects of PCOS: an update”, De Leo et al. Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology (2016) 14:38

[2] Elif Günalan, et. al., “The effect of nutrient supplementation in the management of polycystic ovary syndrome-associated metabolic dysfunctions: A critical review”, the Turkish-German Gynecological Education and Research Foundation Assoc 2018; 19: 220-32

[3] Enrico Carmina And Rogerio A. Lobo,“Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Arguably the Most Common Endocrinopathy Is Associated with Significant Morbidity in Women”, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 1999 Vol. 84, No. 6

[4] Antonio Cianci, et. al., “D-chiro-Inositol and alpha lipoic acid treatment of metabolic and menses disorders in women with PCOS”, Gynecol Endocrinol, Early Online: 1–4 2015 Informa UK Ltd.

[5] Kalra, Bharti et al., “The inositols and polycystic ovary syndrome”, Indian journal of endocrinology and metabolism vol. 20,5 (2016): 720-724.

[6] Alessandro D. Genazzani, et. al., “Myo-inositol administration positively affects hyperinsulinemia and hormonal parameters in overweight patients with polycystic ovary syndrome”, Gynecological Endocrinology, March 2008; 24(3): 139–144

[7] Alfonsa Pizzo, et. al., “Comparison between effects of myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol on ovarian function and metabolic factors in women with PCOS”, Gynecol Endocrinol, 2014; 30(3): 205–208

[8] Alessandro D. Genazzani, et. al., “Modulatory role of D-chiro-inositol and alpha lipoic acid combination on hormonal and metabolic parameters of overweight/obese PCOS patients”, European Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2019; 1(1):29-33

[9] Siavash Fazelian, et. al., “Chromium supplementation and polycystic ovary syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis”, Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology 42 (2017) 92–96

[10] Sedigheh Amooee, et. al., “Metformin versus chromium picolinate in clomiphene citrate-resistant patients with PCOs: A double-blind randomized clinical trial”, Iran J Reprod Med Vol. 11. No. 8. pp: 611-618, August 2013

[11] Sally Kadoura et. al., “Effect of calcium and vitamin d supplements as an adjuvant therapy to metformin on menstrual cycle abnormalities, hormonal profile and IGF-1 system in polycystic ovary syndrome patients: a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial”, Hindawi, Advances in Pharmacological Sciences, Volume 2019, Article ID 9680390

[12] Raziah dehghani Firouzabadi et. al., “Therapeutic effects of calcium & vitamin D supplementation in women with PCOS”, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 18 (2012) 85e88 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

[13] Mohamad Irani, et. al., “Vitamin D Supplementation Decreases TGF-β1 Bioavailability in PCOS: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial”, J Clin Endocrinol Metab, November 2015, 100(11):4307–4314

[14] Batool Rashidi, et. al., “The effects of calcium-vitamin d and Metformin on polycystic ovary syndrome: A pilot study”, Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol • June 2009 • Vol 48 • No 2

[15] Phaedra Thomas RN, BSN, et. al., “PCOS Resources for a Healthier You” ©Center for Young Women’s Health | Boston Children’s Hospital

[16] Chris Kite, et. al., “Exercise, or exercise and diet for the management of polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis”, Systematic Reviews (2019) 8:51

FAQ's

What is PCOS Management?

The best way to manage PCOS is to work  towards a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy eating and daily exercise.

Does PCOS mean I have cysts on my ovaries? 

The term “polycystic ovaries” means that there are many tiny cysts, or bumps, inside of the ovaries. Some young women with PCOS have many cysts; others only have a few. Even if you do have many they’re not harmful and they don’t need to be removed14. 

Why are my periods so irregular? 

Having PCOS means that your ovaries aren’t getting the right (hormonal) signals from your pituitary gland. Without these signals, you will not ovulate (make eggs) every month. Your period may be irregular, or you may not have a period at all. 

Why do I get acne and/or extra hair on my body? What is hirsutism? 

Having hair on face and the body in a masculine pattern is termed as “Hirsutism” and very commonly observed in women with PCOS. Acne and extra hair on your face and body can occur if your body is overproducing testosterone. All women produce testosterone, but if you have PCOS, your ovaries produce a little bit more testosterone than they are supposed to. Skin cells and hair follicles can be extremely sensitive to the small increases in testosterone found in young women with PCOS14. 

What is insulin resistance? 

If your body is resistant to insulin, it means you need high levels of insulin to keep your blood sugar normal. Certain medical conditions such as being overweight or having PCOS can cause insulin resistance14. Insulin resistance tends to run in families. It also can increase blood glucose levels. 

What can insulin resistance do to me? 

High insulin levels can cause thickening and darkening of the skin (acanthosis nigricans) on the back of the neck, axilla (under the arms), and groin area. In young women with PCOS, high insulin levels can cause the ovaries to make more androgen hormones such as testosterone. This can cause increased body hair, acne, and irregular or few periods. Having insulin resistance can increase your risk of developing diabetes14. 

Are “carbs” (carbohydrates) unhealthy? 

No! Carbs (carbohydrates) are the basic source of energy. People often think that eating carbs will make them gain weight, but only too much of it will result in weight gain. Many other important nutrients come from carbohydrate foods, so eating no carbs is not a good idea. High–fiber carbohydrate foods are high in nutrients and help you feel full longer than sugary low-fiber carbohydrates, it’s best to choose these as often as possible. It is only a matter of quality and quantity. One should be mindful and make the right choice when selecting carbohydrates and prefer complex carbohydrates over simpler carbohydrates and should know how to portion it alongside fats and proteins. 

What about foods that have fats and proteins in them? 

High protein foods, and fats such as olive oil, nuts, and avocado are important parts of a PCOS–friendly diet. Combining foods that contain protein or fat with a carbohydrate will help to slow down the absorption of the carbohydrate and keep insulin levels low. For example, instead of plain rice, have rice with dal/beans and little veggies on the side. Keep in mind that some fats are much healthier than others.

How long will it take to see results? 

It is important to take PCOS Management daily for a period of 3-6 months to make the desired changes. Some individuals will experience results sooner than others as results depend on various factors, such as food and exercise as well.  

For how long is it safe to use Unived’s PCOS Management? 

PCOS is a syndrome that lacks cure and requires management throughout life. Unived’s PCOS Management can be consumed daily for a period of 6 months, post which we recommend a few weeks break before starting the next consumption cycle.

Along with the product, what else can I do?

We strongly recommend you follow healthy & nutritious food habits and also incorporate exercise into your daily regimen. If you are diligent about both of these, then the product will work quicker and you will experience better results.

Suggested Use

Adults take 4 capsules daily post lunch. One may also opt for 2 capsules post breakfast and 2 capsules post lunch.

It is important to ensure you take a 3-6month course to see clear results. People who have been recently diagnosed and are not seeing severe symptoms may see results faster than someone who has a long history of dealing with PCOS.

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