A new study suggests that fenugreek seed extract could be a promising treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). . . .

Women with PCOS suffer from two of elevated male hormones, infrequent or lack of periods and enlarged ovaries with lots of small cysts. This new study suggests that fenugreek may help all three.

Fifty women with PCOS were given either 500mg of fenugreek seed extract twice a day for three months.

The fenugreek seed extract significantly increased both luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone. At the end of the three months, the fenugreek had brought about a nonsignificant reduction in volume in the left ovary and a significant reduction of volume in the right ovary.

Regular menstrual cycles increased at two months and continued to improve over the next month. By the end of the study, 71% of women had regular menstrual cycles. 12% became pregnant during the study: an important improvement, since PCOS is the most common cause of ovulatory infertility.

The fenugreek reduced cyst size in 46% of the women. 36% completely shrunk their cysts. Overall, 94% of women experienced improvements in their PCOS either from shrinking or eliminating their cysts, returning to regular menstrual cycle or becoming pregnant.

There were no adverse events.

This study was not controlled, but it provides exciting promise for fenugreek as a beneficial treatment for PCOS.

For more information on natural treatments for PCOS, see our book Sex & Fertility: Natural Solutions.

Int J Med Sci 2015;12:825-31

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