At the moment I am measuring time by how long I have left before our baby is due. Today I have 15 weeks to go and whilst I’m so excited, I can’t help but think about how much I would still like to do before he makes his arrival!
One of the things that I have been meaning to do for a while is look into the benefits of N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) for women with PCOS. It is a question that I am often asked about and you can’t read too many PCOS forums without coming across NAC.
Before we get into the details, I just also want to let you know that I haven’t tried NAC myself. I obviously don’t want to try something new whilst I’m pregnant and maybe even after, when I’m breastfeeding. So all of the information below is from research I have done and is not based on my own experience.
So, let’s look at what NAC is and if it could be helpful for women with PCOS, as well as some questions that I have about it (and think you may too).
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What is NAC?
Without being too technical and getting into too much of the medical mumbo jumbo, NAC is derived from an amino acid called L-cystein. It is also needed for the production of glutathione, one of the body’s most potent anti-oxidants (1) . Interestingly, women with PCOS have a much higher rate of oxidative stress and the glutathione may well help to combat this (2).
How does it work?
To be honest, I couldn’t find a lot of research into the “how” of NAC with PCOS. What I did come across,
however, was a really interesting article on the effects of oxidative stress on insulin and testosterone levels. Researchers found that the oxidative stress we all suffer from leads to a state of inflammation which causes high insulin and testosterone levels (2).
So, what if NAC promotes the production of glutathione that helps to combat the oxidative stress caused by PCOS, leading to am improvement in symptoms? This really is just a theory and I’m no medical researcher so I could well be wrong. I just think that the link is really interesting.
Moving on, let’s look at what the benefits are of taking NAC for PCOS.
NAC and PCOS – The Research
There have been a number of research studies conducted on the benefits of NAC for women with PCOS. Here are the outcomes:
NAC improves insulin sensitivity and lowers testosterone levels
In a study of 6 lean and 31 obese women with PCOS, researchers found that the women given 1.6g per day of NAC had improved insulin sensitivity and lower testosterone levels. Also, there was no change in women who had a normal insulin response.
The conclusion was that women who are hyperinsulinemic (you have too much circulating insulin for the glucose or carbs you have eaten) may benefit from the use of NAC (3).
Similar effects as Metformin but without the Side effects
Another study compared Metformin to NAC. All women saw a huge decrease in BMI, testosterone levels, hirsutism and improved menstrual cycle (4). Only the women in the Metformin group complained of any side effects.
Helps to Improve fertility
There have been a lot of studies on the benefits of using NAC with women who are taking Clomid.
Researchers have found that the combination of NAC and Clomid results in improved ovulation rates compared with those women taking Clomid alone (5). But, the same researchers found that if women are Clomid resistant (Clomid did not cause ovulation), then a combination of Clomid and Metformin is more effective than Clomid and NAC (6).
So, if you have already tried a couple of rounds of Clomid and did not ovulate, Metformin is a better option than NAC.
Summing it Up
The bottom line is that NAC has been shown to be helpful in treating a lot of the symptoms of PCOS including difficulty with weight loss, increased hair growth, irregular menstrual cycle and infertility. It can be used alongside Metformin and Clomid or on it’s own as a supplement to manage PCOS.
So, that generally sounds good and like it may well be worth a try. I had a couple of questions about using NAC so these are the answers I came across in my research. I’m sure you have questions that I haven’t thought of so leave me a comment below and I’ll do my best to find the answers for you.
Does my doctor need to prescribe it for me?
NAC is available as a supplement and does not need a prescription. However, if you’re taking Metformin or any other prescribed medication to manage your PCOS, I would absolutely check with your doctor first.
Where can I get it from?
NAC is sold as a supplement and can be found in your local health food store or on Amazon.
How much should I take?
A lot of the research was done on 1.2g -1.8 g per day.
Can I take it with Inositol?
I must be honest and say that I have not found any medical research on the use of Inositol and NAC together. Having had a look at a number of PCOS forums, there are definitely women who use the two simultaneously with little side effects (or so it seems). Again, if you’re unsure, ask your doctor. It does seem to me, though, that the two supplements work on two different things and shouldn’t interact. Also, NAC will only work if your insulin levels are too high and Inositol may already address high insulin levels.
As I said before, if you have any questions about NAC that I haven’t already answered, please let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them. Also, if you are taking NAC and have seen good results, please let me know! I’m always keen to hear your experiences of things that have worked for you!
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Hi 3 days taking NAC. My blood glucose was usually between 101-109. For the past 3 days it’s between 92-98. I take 600 nac, Ovasitol, co enzyme 10, daily supplement with blood glucose support like cinnamon folic vit d folate etc. I’ve also gone sugarfree days before
Starting using monkfruit and Erythritol sweetner. And I fast over 12 hours between meals. ( I love fasting)
I also suffer from PCOS and had mmc . I am taking myo inositrol, folate , ubiquinol and D3 and also had changed my diet , but AF is still all over the place.. Was looking into NAC but can’t figure out if needs to be taken daily throughout or just certain days of the month.
Thanks for your advice.
I have been taking NAC with inositol for about a month now. I feel much better. I took 2g NAC in am with 2mg of zinc and 2g in the evening, with not side effects. One great side effect is that I am losing weight with little effort. I added my inositol back to my supplement plan by taking only 1g around noon and one before bed. My blood work was amazing! I was struggling with this for years and after reading this article a few weeks ago I am so pleased with my results and my overall health. I do take vitamin D3 10KIU 3 times per week and Calcium daily 1200mg. I do not take any prescription drugs for my PCOS anymore! YEAH! the supplements have changed my life. I am down 10lbs and I am able to workout again a few days per week with someone dragging me.
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I am following your instructions. Taking folic acid,Omega 3 ,Nac and Ovasitol. I am thinking for how long should I take this supplement? Is it safe to take NAC 3×600 mg per day in the long run?
One of my doctors prescribed NAC for a recent diagnosis of OCD. However i have yet taken it for fear on weight gain. Also i have struggled with PCOS my entire life and currently take both Metformin and BC pills as a result. First can i take the NAC with the Metformin and second do you think i will experience weight gain, as i already need to lose another 50 lbs or so. Thanks for your article, i found it to be helpful and i look forward to hearing back from you.
Stacey, if anything the NAC should aid in improving BMI, or weight as it helps regulate the insulin resistance which is recognized as the root cause for most if not all of the issues stemming from PCOS. If you do the research you’ll find many PCOS patients have experienced weight loss using NAC along with healthy diet and exercise, sometimes in conjunction with other vitamins/supplements. I would follow the doctor’s suggestions. You won’t know until you try. That said I have never hard of NAC used for OCD but I wasn’t looking for that information either. Good luck.
I was diagnosed with PCOS in 1995 and was on Spironolatone and BC pills for many yrs with little benefit. I went off them in 2007 and became pregnant a few months after going off them but miscarried at 9 wks. I went back on them for a few more yrs but after doing more research found those were the worst if ever wanting children. The last few months I started taking Chaste Berry (Vitex), Maca Root, Black Cohosh for the day of menstrual cycle until predicted ovulation, and PreMama which has folic acid and myo-inositol, and a probiotic, all after trying Metformin for 5 days per doctor recommendation, but I couldn’t take it anymore due to severe side effects like extreme dry mouth, felt my throat closing off and couldn’t swallow, fatigue that was making me fall asleep while driving in the middle of the day, and just felt terrible. I was also diagnosed in 2001 with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I read that NAC can help with PCOS, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Anyone else have these in common and treating with NAC?
Hi, im 33, having pcos treated for last 4 years with different birth control pill, now after one year of being off pills, eveything got worse especialy hair loss, im back again on low androgen pill, but sadly doesnt work, do you thing that i can add NAC to the pill, to help with hair loss?
Obstet Gynecol Int. 2015;2015:817849. doi: 10.1155/2015/817849. Epub 2015 Jan 8.
N-acetylcysteine for polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials.
Thakker D1, Raval A2, Patel I3, Walia R4.
Objective. To review the benefits and harms of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Method. Literature search was conducted using the bibliographic databases, MEDLINE (Ovid), CINAHL, EMBASE, Scopus, PsyInfo, and PROQUEST (from inception to September 2013) for the studies on women with PCOS receiving NAC. Results. Eight studies with a total of 910 women with PCOS were randomized to NAC or other treatments/placebo. There were high risk of selection, performance, and attrition bias in two studies and high risk of reporting bias in four studies. Women with NAC had higher odds of having a live birth, getting pregnant, and ovulation as compared to placebo. However, women with NAC were less likely to have pregnancy or ovulation as compared to metformin. There was no significant difference in rates of the miscarriage, menstrual regulation, acne, hirsutism, and adverse events, or change in body mass index, testosterone, and insulin levels with NAC as compared to placebo. Conclusions. NAC showed significant improvement in pregnancy and ovulation rate as compared to placebo. The findings need further confirmation in well-designed randomized controlled trials to examine clinical outcomes such as live birth rate in longer follow-up periods. Systematic review registration number is CRD42012001902.
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Here is a good study about NAC and Inositol taken together with folic acid for improving ovarian function in women with PCOS regardless of insulin resistance.
I would highly appreciate your help. I have hypothyroid with what I am not sure if NAC can be taken. I have read that ALA is prohibited with this problem, and since NAC is an amino acid as well, wonder if I have to be careful with that too. (also L-carnitine makes it worse, too). The other thing is that since I have been taking NAC (1 week or so, very little dose daily, 200mg only) I am extremely tired and sleepy all day long. Do you have any idea why it happens? Thank you!!!
That may happen because it boosts glutathione production, which can cause some detoxing (good), maybe tired in short run but long run should resolve
I am very thankful to you for sharing your knowledge and guiding me..I was diagnosed pcos 3 years ago, last month I came across your site and made changes in my diet and started doing exercise.. now it seems like my pcos symptoms are in control..from tomorrow i am starting to take pregnitude , omega 3 (1000mg/300mg ), vitamin d3 1000 lU, magnesium 500mg . I never tested deficiencies in my blood and so never tried to take supplements.. hope I am doing right ??? Do you think am I missing in anything?
I am 32, diagnosed at 27 one successful pregnancy after 3 months of Femara. Initially when I was diagnosed I was put on high dosage of Metformin along with 2 other meds that I can’t recall. I felt horrible an discouraged that the Dr. I was referred to seemed to toss medications my way without thought. I quit taking everything after 90 days and left PCOS untreated. I became pregnant in 2012 by requesting a medication to induce ovulation and was obliged by New Dr. Without further evaluation. Now that my son is 15 months old I am taking the state of my health very seriously. I have a new Dr. With blood tests and ultrasound scheduled as well as a glucose test which has my anxiety through the roof! My symptoms are hair thinning, obesity and lack of natural ovulation for years. I have been on a clean eating routine since November with mild excersize and have only lost 10lbs. I still struggle in the afternoon with crashes and cravings. I am scheduled to start Metformin again at much lower dose of 250mg 2daily. I have 1 tblsp Flax seed oil daily as well as a Cacao/red Macs coco and take Cal Mag +D and folic acid. Just ordered some Inisotal powder. What other supplements could benefit me an help with hair loss and crashes?
I am 32, diagnosed at 27 one successful pregnancy after 3 months of Femara. Initially when I was diagnosed I was put on high dosage of Metformin along with 2 other meds that I can’t recall. I felt horrible an discouraged that the Dr. I was referred to seemed to toss medications my way without thought. I quit taking everything after 90 days and left PCOS untreated. I became pregnant in 2012 by requesting a medication to induce ovulation and was obliged by New Dr. Without further evaluation. Now that my son is 15 months old I am taking the state of my health very seriously. I have a new Dr. With blood tests and ultrasound scheduled as well as a glucose test which has my anxiety through the roof! My symptoms are hair thinning, obesity and lack of natural ovulation for years. I have been on a clean eating routine since November with mild excersize and have only lost 10lbs. I still struggle in the afternoon with crashes and cravings. I am scheduled to start Metformin again at much lower dose of 250mg 2daily. I have 1 tblsp Flax seed oil daily as well as a Cacao/red maca powder coco and take Cal Mag +D and folic acid. Just ordered some Inisotal powder. What other supplements could benefit me an help with hair loss and crashes?
So I read this and totally can relate about struggling to loose weight but I have a few tips for you that really helped me get the ball rolling in shedding some lbs (It is going to be a long response but I really think my advice might help because we have the same exact symptoms) I am 22 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 20. I had the exact symptoms as you: weight gain, hair loss and irregular periods. I was prescribed Metformin but nothing changed because I wasn’t informed that I had to make a TOTAL lifestyle change as well. About 6 months later I saw my doctor again and she told me what I had to do. I was still confused with everything so I did A LOT of research to get to the bottom of things and have continued to do so. I think different things work for everyone but since we had similar symptoms maybe what I do may help you.
First off, I take all of the vitamins that Tarryn recommends. I don’t know if you are a full member and can see the supplement list but that vitamins I take every morning include: 1000 IU of liquid Vitamin D3, 400 MCG of Folic Acid, 1.2 grams of NAC (2 600 mg pills), 1.2 grams of Magnesium (3 400mg pill), 1200 mg of Fish Oil, and 1 teaspoon of Inosital twice a day (in the morning and before bed).
Secondly, I listened to Tarryn and totally cut dairy out of my diet. Additionally, I take a dose of Acidophilus since I believe that live cultures are important for the body and we get a lot of them from eating things like yogurt. I drink Almond milk and also use coconut yogurt if I want to make smoothies or anything like that.
Thirdly, I seriously always start my day with PROTEIN. I have read everywhere that protein and veggies and fruits rich in fiber are important for us. So I make either a veggie scramble with two eggs or a protein drink. Protein drink has a protein powder (when i went to get the powder I asked the guy working which one he recommended for WOMEN because we digest salts and everything differently then men and he recommended one for me that was lower in sodium then what men would use), 1 cup of berries, half a banana, 10 oz of almond milk, a little water, handful of spinach, teaspoon of flax seed,and dash of cinnamon (last three are all important for regulating blood sugar)
Fourthly, when you eat anything high in sugar or carbs, pair it with protien. That helps us regulate our insulin levels
Fifth point, work out 4 to 5 days a week. I first started only running and doing cardio and wasn’t seeing a lot of results and then I started doing only pilates and wasn’t see the results I wanted. So then I read it is important to do BOTH. I do cardio for at least 30 twice a week and pilates or some type of weight for 2 to 3 times a week. Pilates goes for an hour. I started seeing the results I wanted pairing the two which was interesting. I also found that I experience less crashes and cravings throughout the day if I work out first thing in the morning before eating or anything.
I eat something EVERY 2 to 4 hours. That includes a handful of almonds, a piece of fruit. Something healthy to regulate blood sugar.
I also eat a lot veggies. Kale Salads are AWESOME!
So after doing all this I started to see results. About a year ago I did blood work again and they found I had hypothyroid so I take synthroid in the morning an hour before I consume anything. That has also made a tremendous difference in my energy levels throughout the day. So maybe check on that!
Two more things, I have been reading A LOT that Apple Cider Vinegar is VERY beneficial for those who have insulin resistance. All of my readings said it helps regulate blood sugar. So I have been taking half a shot in the morning and also at night. I feel like it is actually working! It also whitens teeth and helps skin among many other benefits.
I am also cutting back on gluten AND really cut back on alcohol. I am seeing even more results!
I hope this all helps you a little. I know it is a lot but If you follow it I truly think you will see results.
I’m sorry for posting this question here but I can’t find the comments box on the post you made about Insolitol and Folic Accid.
I have PCOS but haven’t done blood tests yet. So, I don’t know “how imbalaced my hormones are”, I also don’t know if I am insulin resistant, etc.
The worst symptom I have is the irregullar menstrual cicles and also some hirsutism…
I don’t want to get pregnant now and to tell the truth I don’t know if I want to get pregnant at all… I think I would prefer to adopt a child. But I also don’t want to take the birth control pill, I’m about to stop it by the end of this month and take other precautions for birth control.
My question is, do Insolitol and Folic Accid Suplements would help me on regulating my mestruation and hirsutism? Or it only works for women who want to get pregnant?
Thank you so much! x
Hi tarryn I’ve orderd my inositol I’m already taking omega 3 an folic asid so is it okay to take Nac with these or not thanks x
I have found no research to say otherwise and the supplements work on different things so I would say that it is safe. You could check with your doctor to be sure.
Hi Ladies & Tarryn,
Since reading this article I have been doing lots and lots of reading about NAC. I learned that NAC has tons of other benefits too… from helping to fight the flu and detoxify your system (it is frequently an ingredient in OTC medications and is used in hospitals to treat acetaminophen toxicity). I guess one issue that we all might keep in mind: I have come across several articles that specifically warn about it depleting/affecting iron and copper absorption. These articles I read indicated a copper and iron supplement are a good idea if you are going to take this medication for an extended time.
I’ve been on NAC and Inostol for a few weeks now. I’m not quite at the full dosing yet, as I was weaning on slowly. For the most part, I have little to no side effects, except for one thing. My morning dose of NAC is fine, but when I take another with lunch I get crazy gas for a few hours. Nothing compared to the nightmare GI issues that Metformin caused when I took that, but still. My plan was to take (3) 600mg doses throughout the day, one with breakfast, one with lunch, one with dinner. I’m not sure that is the best idea… I think I might spread them apart a little more or just take 1200mg. I have read articles recommending to take it with food and other articles saying that food will decrease absorption, so I’m not 100% sure which is right.
Hope this helps you all in the never-ending quest to balance those pesky hormones!
Thanks for sharing Sarah!
I’m 24 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 17. I have all the annoying symptoms; excess hair growth, acne, infertility and hair loss. I’m a vegetarian, have been now for 7 years and I started noticing a lot more hair loss once I stopped eating meat. I am guessing this is because of all the extra carbs/ sugars I began to eat. I’d like to start living a healthier life style to see my symptoms decrease. I’m on metformin now, is there anything else you would suggest for me to help with the hair loss and acne? and is a vegetarian diet a poor choice with PCOS?Thank you for your help!
Everything you have mentioned taking, i.e. NAC, Folic Acid, Omega 3, Vitamin D, Inositol, etc., is that all for just PCOS symptoms, or is it going to help TTC as well? I appreciate PCOS hinders TTC so helping the PCOS symptoms is going to help TTC too, but I was just wondering whether I should be taking some other supplements to help with the TTC side of it.
Perhaps you could advise.
Many thanks Tarryn.
If I order this on Amazon, should I order the 600 mg and take two capsules a day in the morning?
I am currently on all the supplements you have recommended and like I mentioned earlier this week I FEEL SO GREAT after taking them.
So should I take two or three a day? All in the morning or one in the morning and one at night?
Thank you so much for everything Tarryn, you are amazing.
Ive been taking NAC now for a few days (1200mg a day too) I don’t have acne but I do have hairs so I am interested to see if it helps. I have PCOS but I do have regular cycles. Ive just embarked on the road to fertility but hoping NAC, Inositol, Ovaboost, Maca, Vit D, Vit C, Omega 3, Vitex, L’Arginine and COQ10 can help me to conceive this cycle. Fingers crossed.
Hi Tris! Wondering how your herbal coctail worked out for you. I’ve been doing Maca/omega/vitex/saw palmetto/multi vitamins myself for a while now and don’t feel like it’s fully working. Did the NAC and Inositol have a profound impact? Thank you!
I just started NAC 3 days ago. 1200mg per day. On day 2 I got my period!! Its been so long that I dont remember when my last one was. Yay!! I also suffer from pcos acne and weird hairs! Hair has yet to change but already my skin is clearing up!!!
Can you share the brand of Nac you use?
Hi tarryn, I’m so happy to have come across your website. I have felt very alone with this condition for the last 10 years so it’s good to know I’m not so alone. I would like to ask a couple of questions if I may? I would really like to try the inositol you have suggested but I am very doubtful about buying it over the Internet, do you know of anywhere else I could get it from?
Also would it be ok to take inositol, folic acid and fish oil in conjunction with Metformin and ferrous fumerate ( iron tablets)?
I have a daughter aged 6 only through taking metformin as did not ovulate before, and have been ttc for the last 4 years with no joy. So I think I need to try something a bit different as my doctor is rubbish and I’m sure she doesn’t even know what PCOS is!
Keep up the good work on here, all us PCOS ladies need it!!
I am 47 years old and have had a complete hysterectomy due to PCOS
I am currently taking fish oil and vitamin D, but was wondering if I could take NOC? I am insulin resistant, and pretty much eat Paleo. I still have a hard time losing weight. I jog 2 miles every morning. Weight train and do aerobics.
I would absolutely recommend NAC and you could also consider taking Inositol and Folic acid. They should all help with insulin resistance.
What brand of Nac is good in the market?
Hi all, I am 34 and i’ve had PCOS for as long as i can remember. My story is too long to put it all here. Summed up after 2 family doctors, 3 gyno doctors,a lost relationship of 10 years,growing basically a beard, a weightloss of 100lbs. I have finally got pregnant. So here i am again i now have a wonderful 2 year old boy. After the baby, i’ve let it all go again and PCOS is winning my battle. i am really loving this site thanks tarryn this site is alot useful to any woman with PCOS. i have never really tried anything other than metaformin. My question is what does Inositol and Folic acid and Omega 3 have to do with PCOS. i have gained back half the weight i lost, the hair on my face is getting courser. I’m back to battle this again and never stop this time.
Thanks for your comment.
Sounds like you’ve had a rough time but that you’re in a better place to tackle your PCOS.
Have a look at these articles: https://www.pcosdietsupport.com/supplements/ They explain the science behind why we should be taking those supplements and how they help with PCOS.
Hope that helps but let me know if you have any other questions.
Thank you Tarryn for the reads. After reading these i’m wondering is there a supplement you can take that has all these vitamins in them? instead of taking seperate vitamins all the time if so or if anybody knows will you plz reply thank you
Hey Tarryn, I have started taking Omega-3, vitamin D, and NAC. I have been eating veggies and meats, and trying so hard not to eat wheat/breads. But I have noticed my acne getting worse when it was “under control”, is there anything you could recommend?
It sounds like you’re doing really well!
I would try to add Inositol and Folic acid as this should help manage your testosterone. And, make sure you don’t have any dairy products as this could wreak havoc on your testosterone levels.
Hope that helps!
Hi Trish, I hope your spacebar gets better soon 🙂
There is no set times of the month, this can be taken during any part of the month.
Hi Tarryn my name is Tasha. I was diagnosed with PCOS on the 20th of this month, was told to cut out certain foods, my Doctor also said that the cysts are really small not even 1 cm. I’m 27 years of age i have already started making major diet changes. However my doctor advised that i start taking Yasmin pills to regulate my period,to be honest i really dont want to be on birth control pills. So i was wondering Is there anything that you would recommend other than birth control pills that would help to regulate my period?
You need to go with your gut and make informed decisions with regard to your health. You can look at supplements and diet to manage your symptoms (I manage my symptoms naturally). You could try the natural route for 3-4 months first and then go on birth control if necessary.
Hope that helps!
Hi! Tasha, I just want to let you know that Yasmin gave me so many side effects (acne, migraines, etc.) when I used it earlier and about two years ago it was taken out of Norwegian pharmacies because of more serious side effects. (I’m from Norway). So, just as a heads up, there are so many different birth control out there, I would stay away from Yasmin just to be sure!:)
I would also take Omega 3 and Vitamin D3. Also, NAC would be helpful.
You can see why these are helpful here: https://www.pcosdietsupport.com/category/supplements/
Thank you Tarryn! I started the D-Chiro, Omega 3, and D3 Sunday morning (Sept 1st). I am looking into the NAC. I wanted to let you and all of the women reading your blog that I started my gluten free, caffeine free, and Carb free diet 2 weeks ago today & started my Cycle Saturday morning August 31st. It has been 2 months since I had my last cycle. Diet does make a change. Thank you for this blog. It is very encouraging and I am excited to see how things progress. My goal is to conceive in time. THank you!!
When I say Carb free I mean… No bread items. sorry about this…. I have also cut out dairy and high sugar products. I am looking into low glycemic load foods now.
My name is Meaghan. I am 25 yrs old and was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 18. I am getting ready to start d-chiro inositol and wanted to see if you have any suggestions on what other supplements would be good for me to take along with it…. I am working on getting my periods regulated and trying to ovulate. Please let me know your suggestions. Thanks!
i am suffering from severe inner hair on nipples, legs, abdomen,arms. please show me a solution to this 🙁
You need to take supplements like Inositol and Folic acid and Omega 3. You also need to make sure that you are following a good PCOS diet that manages your insulin and testosterone levels (manage your carbohydrate intake).
I’ve read that taking NAC a week before ovulation will create friendly cervical mucus for the sperm. I’ve taken NAC as a nasal decongestant, so it would make sense that it would thin the cervical mucus as well. I’m curious to see if it works on PCOS symptoms though.
I also came across NAC’s impact on cervical mucous. It makes the cervical mucous more hospitable for sperm…
I’ve taken NAC on and off for about a year now. For reason I can’t explain, Im never consistent with usage. I can attest to NAC working effectively in women who have PCOS. I take it at 1200 mg/day. When used regularly, it stimulates my follicles to produce a period. Decreases the amount of hair they grows on my face and give me more energy. I take the NAC with a Prenatal pill (twice a day), flax seed oil and baby aspirin. Sounds like a lot, but the supplements really help to keep me balanced.