Myo-inositol vs. Metformin for PCOS

One of the primary drivers identified in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is insulin. Women with PCOS have an exaggerated insulin release in response to dietary sugar intake, and develop insulin resistance over time. This increased insulin is one of the main drivers of the following PCOS symptoms:

  • long menstrual cycles

  • hair loss

  • excessive facial or body hair growth

  • acne

  • difficulty conceiving.

Addressing insulin resistance is absolutely essential in PCOS treatment. The first step is to take a deep dive into diet and remove foods that drive insulin and blood sugar. In addition to dietary changes, there are medications and supplements that can be used to further reduce insulin. The most common medication prescribed to women with PCOS to control insulin is metformin, and the most common naturopathic prescription is myo-inositol.

But how do these two compare? Which is more effective?
Luckily, a lot of research has been done comparing these two options head to head!