PCOS Inositol FAQs
In reagards to treatment options for PCOS we refer to the Evidence Based Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Polcystic Ovarian Syndrome 2018. We have condensed this 200+ page paper into a more easily read checklist. You can access this for free clicking the button below.
How much inositol should I take for PCOS?
The recommended daily dose for women with PCOS is 4 grams per day.
This can be taken as 1 x 4g dose in the morning.
Or as 2g with breakfast in the morning and 2g in the evening with dinner.
A 4 gram serve is a not quite flat metric teaspoon.
A 2 gram serve is a not quite flat metric 1/2 teaspoon.
See the image of a teaspoon on a scale in our PCOS products.
How do I take PCOS Inositol?
The easiest way to take inositol powder is to mix it in a 250ml glass of water or juice and drink it.
The taste is sweet, not bitter.
This is why it is added to some carbonated drinks and often used as a food additive.
Can I take Inositol for PCOS with coffee?
It is recommended that you don't take inositol with coffee as the caffeine reduces the postive benefits. There isn't a negative health effect rather just the reduction of postive effects.
What is the difference between PCOS Inositol and Fertility Inositol?
Nothing. It is all 100% pure pharmaceutical grade Myo-Inositol. The dosage for Cognitive Health applications (15g/day) is much more than for Fertility and PCOS applications (4g/day). We legally have to label Cognitive Health packs differently. Also plenty of women take Inositol for fertility / womens health reasons that don't have PCOS. This means we seperate the product by use.
Why don't you sell a 40:1 D Chiro / Myo Inositol Blend.
Too much D Chiro inositol can be harmful for people trying to concieve. The body converts the Myo Inositol to D-Chiro and 7 other types of Inositol as it requires in a one way process. The 0.1 gram per day dose can be sourced from foods. See our blog post on Inositol content of foods.
Are there side effects from PCOS Inositol?
Inositol is a very safe food supplement. it's often used in infant formulas and baby foods.
For a small percentage of women there is an adjustment process. This may mean headaches, dizziness, stomach ache or more frequent urination for the first few days or even weeks.
If this is the case for you, then we recommend you take your regular over the counter headache tablets and or start on a smaller dose and build up to the recommended dose slowly.
So rather than 4 grams per day you might take 1g in week 1, 2g in week 2, 3g in week 3, 4g in week 4.
It may also be helpful to split the daily dose into a morning and evening serving.
Can I take PCOS Inositol while I am pregnant?
Inositol is recommended by some GP's to women who are pregnant as it reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.
There are a number of peer reviewed studies where there has been no adverse effects from near conception through to delivery.
Always check with your GP if this is right for you.
Can I take PCOS Inositol while I am breastfeeding?
We have not found a study to say that inositol in breastmilk causes problems for breastfeeding infants.
There are studies to support some positive benefits but there isn't a lot of research on this.
We recommend that you make your own searches using the above provided sources.
If you do find something that we haven't seen please let us know.
Why isn't Inositol powder made from Australian grown corn?
The planting area for corn in Australia averages 160,000 hectares and produces around 440,000 tonnes.
In China the area planted for corn is 76,000,000 acres producing 257 million tonnes.
This is well over 500 times more corn grown than in Australia.
Inositol production is a small fraction of this large quantity.
We haven't found an Australian grown Inositol supply and suspect that the Australian industry is too small and serves other higher yield markets.
Is your Inositol powder vegan & GMO free?
Yes. It is GMO Free, Plant Based and Vegan safe. It is made from corn. You can buy cheaper synthesized inositol cracked in a lab with leftover enzymes. More detailed answer coming soon.
Can I take Inositol powder while I am taking another medication?
Depends on advice from your doctor. More detailed answer coming soon.
Is Inositol powder safe?
Yes. More detailed answer coming soon.
What is Inositol?
We would define Inositol as a sweet cabohydrate powder used as a health supplement for PCOS, fertility, certain cognitive and insulin resistant health conditions. You are best to read the wiki page for a more technical explantion. Link here.
How does Inositol powder help women with PCOS?
It reduces the hormone imbalance often associated with PCOS. More detailed answer coming soon.
How long does it take for PCOS inositol powder to work?
Every womens body and body chemistry is different. For some women Inositol works in days and for others not at all. The best approach is to test this out for yourself. If you don't see benefits inside 60 days then this may not be a treatment for you.
Is your Inositol a blend of Myo Inositol, D-Chiro-inositol, Scyllo-inositol, Muco-inositol, L-chiro-inositol, Neo-inositol, Allo-inositol, Epi-inositol, and Ci-inositol
We are most often asked just if our product is a 40:1 blend of Myo and D-Chiro inositols. The answer is no.
We only sell 100% pure Myo Inositol for four reasons.
1. The body converts Myo Inositol to D Chiro & other Inositols as it requires. Myo Inositol is the primary building block for up to 8 different Inositols.
2. Myo-Inositol is more flexible treating both hormonal and reproductive symptoms alone than D-Chiro Inositol.
3. Too much D-Chiro inositol is actually harmful to people trying to get pregnant.
4. The dose for D-Chiro is really small 0.1g per day. You are likely getting this from food already.
See more in our blog post on this including journal references.