The exact mechanism by which Black Cohosh may help with PCOS is not fully understood. However, it is thought that Black Cohosh may help by reducing the levels of certain hormones involved in ovulation, such as luteinizing hormone (LH). LH plays a role in stimulating the ovaries to release an egg each month. In women with PCOS, the ovaries may produce too much LH, which can interfere with ovulation and lead to the development of cysts on the ovaries. By reducing the levels of LH, Black Cohosh may help to regulate ovulation and reduce the risk of developing cysts on the ovaries.
In addition to its effect on LH levels, Black Cohosh may also help to reduce the levels of testosterone in women with PCOS. Testosterone is a hormone that plays a role in hair growth and acne formation. Women with PCOS often have elevated levels of testosterone, which can contribute to excess hair growth and acne breakouts. By reducing testosterone levels, Black Cohosh may help to improve these symptoms.
Black Cohosh is generally considered safe for most women when taken for short periods of time (up to six months). Black Cohosh should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women or by women who have liver disease.
Black Cohosh is a herbal remedy that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of health conditions in women. Some studies have shown that Black Cohosh may help improve the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), including irregular periods, excess hair growth, and difficulty getting pregnant.