Okay I posted a few weeks back that I was going to go back on birth control pills after being off of them for a month and a half. I was frustrated with the acne & mood swings. My hormones were clearly all over the place.
However, the next day after posting that.. I decided against it, and that I would try my hardest to weather the storm of PCOS symptoms. (I've been trying to TTC for 3 years-- but how can you even try if you don't get regular cycles?)
Well, I am glad I decided to weather the storm. Mid June I began taking 600mg of NAC (n-acetyl-cysteine. A few weeks later I got my period on my own! A 32 day cycle. I was amazed.
July I was still having terrible acne and that's when I wanted to throw in the towel. I thought there was NO way I would get my period on my own again and that the month before was just rare luck.
Well, on cycle day 28 I woke up to AUNT FLOW! A 28 day cycle! I don't remember when I've ever had a 28 day cycle!
I really really believe it is because of the NAC. I have tried all kinds of supplements in the past and have never had these kinds of results.
I am actually going to start upping my dosage to see if that helps with the acne. In the study women took 1800mg of NAC and I am only taking 600mg.
Here is a link to the study which the PCOS association published on their website:
"Researchers at Erclyes University in Turkey studied 100 women with PCOS for six months. One group took 500 mg. of metformin 3 times a day. The other group took 600 mg of NAC 3 times a day.
As metformin is a drug and NAC is a nutritional supplement, you might think the former would produce better results. But you’d be wrong.
There was virtually no difference between metformin and NAC on the women’s condition. Both groups of women showed improvement in such areas as testosterone reduction, insulin normalization, lessening of body hair (hirsutism) and menstrual regularity."