Go ahead and giggle.
I did the same thing when my OB asked me if I had tried it yet. “Um, no. What the heck is that?” was my response, actually. 😉
Quite simply, Pregnitude is a supplement. It’s two ingredients in a tasteless powder form: 200mg Folic Acid and 2,000mg Myo-Inositol. It’s purpose? “To support ovulatory function, menstrual cyclicity and quality of eggs for women.” (Source: pregnitude.com)
Apparently, Myo-inositol is a “naturally occurring substance” produced by the human body from glucose (except for those of us with PCOS). It belongs to the vitamin B complex group. You see where I am going with this? Obviously, folic acid is a B vitamin that promotes cell growth, which is why our prenatal vitamins are laced with it. The real question here is this: Does it work?
I started taking it to keep my body in check. I did a lot of research once my doctor told me about it because it apparently replaces both Metformin and Clomid. It’s something designed specifically with PCOS women in mind. I did a lot of reading on whether this really works and why you can’t just take a folic acid supplement with some myo-inositol pills. Basically, this concentration of myo isn’t easy to come across and you’d have to take several pills a day to make up for the one packet of Pregnitude if you decide to go that route. You’ll end up spending the same amount of money (maybe more) in the long run. I decided to give it a chance to see how my body responds.
The first month on it, I actually had a 100% normal/textbook perfect cycle. What?! With PCOS, this is a BIG deal. It’s a drug-free option to normalcy, which is all I want… normalcy. As far as side effects, I had an intense headache the first week of taking it and an upset stomach (similar to what you get when first starting Metformin), but the stomach issues were by far more mild than when I was on Met.
If you have issues with PCOS, I urge you to give this a chance. A large percentage of women (I want to say it was more than 80%, I’m having a hard time re-finding that number) ovulated on their own within 3 months of taking Pregnitude. THREE. It’s worth a shot, right? Anything is better than dealing with Metformin+Clomid together. Plus, this is a lot cheaper. They say to mix the powder in water, but I usually mix it in chocolate soy milk instead. 🙂
If you’re interested in trying it, you can ask your doctor for samples. The cheapest purchasing option I found was through Drugstore.com. It’s $34.99 for a 1 month supply with free shipping, plus you get cash back rewards through Drugstore.com for a future purchase. Don’t forget to start at Ebates.com for even MORE cash back!! I think the percentage is 12% with Drugstore.com.
If you try it, let me know if it worked for you and how you like it. So far, I am so glad I decided to give it a chance. I’m doing everything I can to stay as far away from Metformin as possible. I’ll take a more natural option over a drug any day. 🙂