Role of oral inositol supplementation in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome


  • Najma Malik Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, BRD Medical College Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Navneet Dubey Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, BRD Medical College Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India



Inositol, Insulin resistance, Myoinositol, PCOS


Background: PCOS is one of the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age, it affects about 5-10% of women of reproductive age. It is characterized by chronic anovulation, hyperandrogenism, and insulin resistance. 30-40% of PCOS women have impaired glucose tolerance.

Methods: This was prospective observational study carried out on 100 patients of PCOS visiting outpatient Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur from 1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019. Patients were diagnosed as PCOS on basis of Rotterdam criteria. In these 100 patients, oral inositol 2 gm twice daily was given for 3 months to 6 months depending upon the response of the patient and patients were examined every 4 week for menstrual regularity, acne improvement, hirsutism, spontaneous ovulation and pregnancy.

Results: With inositol supplementation, menstrual abnormality corrected in 80% cases, 45% cases having acne improved. Ovulation occurred in 75.5% cases and 66.6% cases conceived with inositol supplementation.

Conclusions: Insulin resistance is the basic pathophysiology for PCOS hence inositol supplementation is supposed to be very good medicine for management of PCOS to improve insulin sensitivity. Inositol leads to improvement in regularity of menstrual cycle, insulin resistance, hyperandrogenic features like hirsutism, acne, restores ovulation and improves oocyte quality.


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