Iodine and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): What You Need to Know

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

A woman is holding her stomach. PCOS occurs when the ovaries are not functioning properly and cannot release an egg.

It’s no secret that iodine plays an important role in hormone production and has a special relationship with the thyroid. What’s discussed much less is that, for women, the ovaries contain the second highest concentration of iodine in her body (behind the thyroid). [1] Thus, it goes without saying that maintaining normal iodine levels is a must for promoting the health of the ovaries. This importance is compounded as research has linked iodine deficiency to polycystic ovary syndrome, also known as PCOS.

Background: The Problem of Iodine Deficiency

Before we look at how PCOS relates to iodine deficiency, it’s important to lay groundwork and understand that even though iodine deficiency has long been written off as a third world problem, it exists everywhere, including the USA. [2] Most people don’t hear a lot about iodine aside from a periodic glance at “iodized salt.” Nice try, but a 2008 study found that less than half of tested table salt met FDA requirements for iodine content. [3] If you’re counting on iodized salt to provide all your iodine, you’re coming up short.

Environmental toxins and pollutants also contribute to iodine deficiency. Iodine, along with chlorine, bromine, and fluorine, belongs to a family of compounds known as halogens which are all absorbed by the same receptors in the body. Although iodine is beneficial, the others are not. Regardless, most food and water is full of the stuff and ingesting it severely disrupts iodine absorption.

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome is when cysts form on the ovaries. This happens when the ovaries are not functioning properly and cannot release an egg; often they are producing too many male hormones. [4] Insulin resistance, obesity, genetics… basically anything that disrupts hormone disruption can influence the onset of PCOS; and so does iodine deficiency. [5] [6]

When iodine levels are low, thyroid activity is thrown out of whack. If iodine is low in the thyroid, it’s a sure bet that the ovaries are also deficient and struggling. Hormone problems are almost a given. It’s no surprise that women with PCOS have a higher incidence of thyroid disease. [7] Women with PCOS are also more likely to have an enlarged thyroid. [8] And, PCOS is the most common cause of excess hair growth in women, nearly three out of every four cases. [9]

Iodine and PCOS

Every woman needs to know that it’s not only her thyroid that requires iodine, but her ovaries too. And although PCOS has multiple causes, it’s clear that getting enough iodine is one of the most important steps a woman can take. [10] A healthy diet that includes foods rich in iodine, and, if necessary, iodine supplementation, are easy ways to get adequate iodine. When supplementing, be aware that there are a wide variety of iodine supplements on the market and some are better than others. I generally recommend nascent iodine.

Circumventing PCOS

When PCOS was first described in 1935 it was rare. Now, one in fifteen American women suffer from it. [11] Without healthy lifestyle choices, that number is likely to increase. Have you struggled with PCOS? How have you coped? Please leave a comment below and share your experience with us.

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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Jody

    What is your recommendation on the proper amount of nascent iodine to take? Is there a higher dosage that is better to start with, then after hormonal symptoms are under control back down to a smaller dosage, or is the dosage the same throughout? I suffer from PCOS and recently lost one of my ovaries in an emergency surgery due to a large cyst that had twisted and ruptured. I am really trying to work hard to keep from having issues with the one I have left. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I also have a sister that suffers from PCOS as well and would love to be able to help her too. Thanks for all you do!

  • ghc_health

    Hey Jody, Nascent iodine in the form of Detoxadine can be used as directed on the label. Thanks for asking!

  • Rob

    Hi Dr. Group… my gf appears to have PCOS but also rather severe endometriosis and now looking at a potential removal of the uterus and quite possibly – her 1 remaining ovary …would iodine help prevent this? Would you have any other recommendations or suggestions?
    Conventional methods of surgery do not appear to be satisfactory solutions. Thank you!..

  • ghc_health

    Hey Rob, sorry to hear about the situation. I don’t know enough about her situation to make any statements about what will or won’t cure her but I would suggest that she discuss this with her healthcare provider.

  • Danielle Power-Silk

    Hi, I live in New Zealand and bought iodine drops and it says take one drop per day (internally) I watched an amazing video by David Wolfe who says it is also beneficial putting iodine on your hand and rubbing it on your ovaries… I’m just not sure how much iodine I should be taking? I am also eating seaweed at least once a week now too and eating lots of raw vegan food- doing everything I can to cure my pcos. What are your recommendations? Thanks, Danielle 🙂

  • Ramsyraj

    hi
    I am from India and i am suffering from PCOS since 2 years.

    i hd tried allopathy and even ayurvedic medicines but never worked. Regular gymming did not give positive results too. can someone please suggest how to get rid of it?

    i am controlling my food. i dont consume any junk items as well. its very rare that i party. my consumption of rice is also reduced. i am fed up with unwanted facial hair and hair loss. i have dark patches around the neck which is not getting cured even after proper beauty care. all due to PCOS. pls suggest how to get rid of it?

  • Ramsyraj

    in addition to that, i am a pure vegetarian. can you suggest veg food which are healthy for PCOS? my weight 2yrs before was 67 and now it is 76.. i have increased 12 kg even after gym. i have left all hopes. u r the only hope

  • Generally you should use products as directed on the label.

  • You might not be getting a lot of junk food but how is your nutrition otherwise?

    Have any other readers had particularly difficult cases of PCOS they’ve been able to manage and can share some insight?

  • Monica

    I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 18 and am now 32. Its been a continual struggle and I research and read things from experts and women from all over the internet. I have yet to find a common cause or proven fix among all these sources. In all my years of dealing with this condition I have found the most relief when taking a variety of supplements that focus on thyroid and liver support as well as B-complex vitamins and magnesium. The B complex and magnesium seem to help the most but they still are not enough. While they help in my emotional balance and with my energy levels I have yet to find a solution to infertility, hair growth/ loss and the myriad of other symptoms that come with PCOS. I would love to see a product or a system of products that helps combat all the symptoms of PCOS. Especially weight loss. Loosing the extra weight seems to help balance the hormones but loosing weight is almost impossible with the hormone imbalances. Its a vicious cycle that feels so hopeless to free yourself from.

  • tammy barney

    To Monica, if you give up grains (all grains) and sugar, you will lose weight, and the PCOS will improve. It did for my Daughter. I also take the iodine from Dr.Group.

  • Heav

    My daughter suffer with the hair loss and facial hair. any suggestions on how to keep her hair on the head and not on the face?

  • Have you determined what’s causing it?

  • Stephanie Yeargan-Smith

    Im taking phentermine and topamax to lose weight and its working great but for all the other symptoms of pcos i wanted to start the detoxidine. can i take nascent iodine with the phentermine and topamax ?

  • Tee

    The “cause ” of PCOS must be taken care of, not the symptoms. Insulin resistance is likely the cause of obesity, and our intense carb cravings. Phentermine and Topmax are pretty heavy drugs that they have chosen, with big side effects and certainly off label for PCOS. Although, I do understand losing weight is a key goal for us with PCOS, however try to be patient and lose the weight with a high protein and vegetable diet, use resistance training when you exercise, you want to reverse this insulin resistance. You can use N Acetyl Cysteine to help with the insulin resistance. Use all natural progesterone to regulate your cycle (if need be) btw it’s calming, lessens depression and I have lost 16 lbs since using it. Any quick “cure” that’s just treating a symptom of PCOS will have it come back ten fold when you stop. I learned the hard way, I ignored all the pcos diet tips, and natural cures and went on birth control, Metformin and Aldactone along with any diet drug I could get my hands on. I was missing the big picture, the older I became, the more I read about estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, synthetic birth control making it all worse, Metformin raising our homocycsteine levels, I wanted to cry. The end result of this untreated is an early death, heart attack, cancer or stroke somewhere down the line. The doctors I would like to believe did not know better at the time. But, then again progesterone cant be patented by Big Pharma, so who knows. If I sound eager like I am shouting from the rooftops its because you don’t have to go through 20 wasted years with the wrong and inevitably harmful advice. Read a lot on the progestory advisory network, they offer so much on pcos and how to use progesterone. Make sure your taking vitamin-d3 daily at least 5,000 iu’s, get your levels tested, if not progesterone wont do its best work if you are deficient in vitamin d. Increase your protein. Read about estrogen dominance and consider a supplement called DIM. I now take Vitex (chaste-berry) to help the progesterone along with my cycles. It has my skin crystal clear, along with apple cider vinegar. I have newly discovered, here on this site the importance of iodine and PCOS, so that was an eye opener as well. I wish someone would have told me this long ago, when I turned 40 my symptoms became so bad and I didn’t know where to turn, thinking I was on the right protocol for it, boy was I wrong. It’s not easy in the beginning but for only 2-3 months, I feel better than ever. Best of luck, slow and steady wins the race when it comes to pcos.

  • Tee

    I should have added, this applies for any symptoms of PCOS asked about, I know the balding and the facial hair is very tough, but if instructions are followed hair will start to grow back on the scalp and slow down or stop on the face, its androgen excess. Unfortunately the facial hair that did grow doesn’t go away, you would have to make a commitment to electrolysis for permanent removal. Remembering to stay on a high protein diet and a good PCOS regimen, or it will come back again. I know the hair is the most devastating symptom for some, especially the very young women. And as Monica mentioned, Magnesium, many PCOS people are deficient here, I was. Make sure to get a bioavailable formula, not oxide.

  • Tee

    Insulite Labs has a complete vitamin and supplement system created for PCOS, I’m sorry I cant remember the name of the page to give you a link. Google PCOS Insulite Labs and it will come up. They have pretty good reviews and loyal customers. And I feel how you feel as well, some days its a struggle. The masculine symptoms are very tough for me to deal with, as I’m sure it is for others. The only way I was able to get pregnant was losing 17 lbs and then adding Metformin. It certainly is hard to lose weight, especially if we are only restricting calories. We need to eat a diet geared around the insulin resistance aspect. I chose the ketogenic diet, some frown upon it and I can see why, but our bodies are different metabolically, so this type of diet restores hormone balance, kills carb cravings, and gets our metabolism going again, and because its the correct type of diet for our condition we lose weight much quicker. The first 2-3 days are tough, after that you will adjust. Never give supplements to much responsibility, without the proper diet they really cant do much. With the proper diet we enable them to work better. I hated that diet is our greatest asset and downfall, because that made me responsible not medicine, and it took away any excuses I could use. When I finally realized and accepted that I should be grateful to have the cure in my power, my out look changed. Lastly, I promise! get a pen and paper and right down the dosages and forms of the vitamins and supplements listed on the insulie site, by form I mean for example, it says it has 10mg of CoQ10 and 2,500mg of Magnesium Oxide. So 10mg of CoQ10, the 10m raises a flag because its so low a dose, non therapeutic dose, The CoQ10 is ok but our bodies like Ubiquinol better, higher bioavailability. The second Mag oxide, no good the oxide form of magnesium has almost no bioavailability, completely useless, then another flag would be the dose, its very high, too high. Doses like that are for a diagnosed deficiency, and even then that’s high. So right them all down with dose, and when time allows research the best known dose for pcos etc, if you feel it meets your standards give it a try. If you find they are to expensive to use every month, I would be happy to tell you what I use, the dose and why. Be proud, you’re taking your health and power back!

  • Tee

    She has too much circulating testosterone (male hormone) but why? that’s what you need to find out. If she is overweight, has acne, oily skin, irregular, painful or no periods, male pattern baldness on her head and facial hair, as you mentioned, and may be excessive hair on her arms, breasts or belly as well. . She “probably” has pcos. That would be the reason for the facial hair and balding on her head. Those would be type 1 symptoms, they are hard to deny. But it presents itself many different ways in women. Bring her to an endocrinologist, they can diagnose her. There are ways to grow new hair and slow or stop the growing of new ones on her face. The biggest decision is how to treat it, naturally or with Rx medications. FYI, recently we are hearing more and more that the prescription meds will work, but at some point make the condition worse. If you choose to treat it naturally, then you are treating the cause and that’s good. It will also teach her how to care for herself if it is pcos. Good Luck!

  • Tee

    Hi, we need a high protein diet if we are pcos, I see you are a vegetarian and that makes it tough. Try supplementing with a protein drink regimen and cut back on carbs, if necessary only have brown carbs in the morning, you will burn them off early in the day, then have vegetables and protein drinks for the rest of the day. The dark skin around your neck is called Linea Nigricans, it is a known symptom of pcos. It is caused by insulin resistance, so starting some protein, vitamins and supplements could really work well for you, as long as you increase your protein. The insulin resistance is what kicks up the male hormone testosterone in your system, causing the hair growth. after you have added protein, decide how you want to treat it, with diet and supplements, or may be just diet alone, you cam also get medications, but please remember if you choose that route you are treating symptoms, not trying to cure the reasons for them. When you are doing really well, then start to tackle the hair issues, either by electrolysis or lasers, or both. It takes time and commitment, but its worth it, Every 10% of weight loss improves pcos, if you are overweight. Good luck! I have been there when we had hardly any access to information on pcos. It has come a long way.

  • Danielle

    I’ve been diagnosed for 5 years now and I’m 27. Losing the weight is hard but it can be done with eating No sugar and getting a lot of protein. I’m 5’5 and weight 175lbs and my doctor said take in 80 grams of protein a day to offset the sugar and my insulin. I need to lose about 30 lbs due to the increase in my blood work from my insulin levels and A1C. I’m doing it and I’m losing weight. Also because my testosterone was high, 67… And I was breaking out, growing hair and everything else, I was put on birth control. But to me being put on bc was just masking the symptoms. I wanted to know why this was going on and I needed to fix the problem just not take a pill. I started going to this doctor that does alternative medicine and he put me on progesterone to off set my testosterone levels which in return helps me please at night. Because if your not sleeping properly, you won’t lose the weight. I’m on iodine, lugols, 2% iodine, 5 drops every night along with vitamin D drops about 10,000 IU a day and I’m feeling great! Getting a good sleep, eating healthy, and taking these supplements I’m turning my life around since January when I started with him.

  • Danielle

    I also take dim.. Which helps your hormones and your testosterone. You can get it over the counter and if you read up on it and google it you can see how it has also helped for woman with pcos. I’m grateful for my doctor because even though it’s work to live this lifestyle I know what I have to take and how to help my hormones. Last year before I started with this doctor i had two periods all year that lasted 3 weeks each. I now get my period every month and ovulate. So it’s blessing knowing how much all this stuff has helped me and I hope it will help you,! Just passing everything along! 🙂 good luck

  • Tee

    I’m so glad you are not going to take the pill, you dodged a bullet for sure. Natural progesterone has been great, I only wish I had known about it sooner. Recovering from birth control isn’t easy. We’re pretty much on the same regimen I think, I do take magnesium daily though, I was deficient. I read this is common with pcos. Even with this hard work, I had a terrible breakout this month, I think may be the worse I have ever had. That really made me miss the Aldactone, it worked wonders for my skin. But, I started a new skin routine and with everything else, supposedly its a worse before better situation. I sure hope so. I was thinking about saw palmetto, but I need to read some more about it. Good luck, please keep me updated.

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  • Julie

    I tried detoxadine for my PCOS. And I finally got regular periods and controlled pain. But then I would get this really big cystic acne in my chin, right after my period… I had to stop using it.

  • And the acne stopped?

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  • SomalilandSister

    I began having weird periods in 2009 when I was 20 years old. I went undiagnosed until February 2014. I had countless ultrasounds abdominal and intravaginal. In the early years, I would bleed lightly and continously for months sometimes the better half of the year. Now since the last 2 years, my periods flipped–I don’t get them or I get it every 3 months. On my last ultrasound (intravag & over the abdomen), the Advanced Radiology doc said I don’t have any cysts to suggest I have POSC. Then my midwife doctor who referred me contacted me and informed me of my POSC diagnosis. She said the cysts were too small but she zoomed in and that the ultrasound doctor couldn’t see it. Let me tell you I’m loosing my mind because I now have chin hair, under the neck hair, no periods and I’m terrified. I was relieved to have been finally accurately diagnosed whereas before every doctor contributed my abnormal period to my weight. BTW I weight 190 pounds and I’m 5’5 (I carry it well I’ve been told). One year ago I lost a lot of weight after going on a vegetable/fruit juicing diet where I ate no food and only drank vegetables and fruits. My favorite to juice are: cucumber, carrot, green apples, and other juice producing fruits/veggies. My favorite to blend are: broccoli, celery sticks, bananas, kale, spinach and others. I blend more rather than juice b/c you don’t lose your bulky fruits and vegetables whereas with juicing, you lose more. Blending is good if you don’t mind the bulk in your mouth-which I don’t. The idea came from “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” on Netflix and other food documentaries on Netflix (They are life transforming). Now that i know what is wrong with me, I take: Lugol’s Iodine; Kelp Sea-Weed; Garden of LIfe Women’s Multivitamin (The absolute best vitamin brand out there); and Maringa that I ordered from Vitacost. BTW I just started all of these life transformations. I have no will power and no time now b/c I’m in grad school taking 18 credits in my final semester to eat right and lose weight but I pray for the strength to get back on juicing with my Breville. I’m newly married and embarrassed about all of the new acne that are on my cheeks, neck, and chin. I never broke out on my cheeks–it was always the T-zone (forehead and chin). Now I cover my cheeks with my curly hair. I’m more devastated about the 1 long visible chin hair which my new-husband pointed out. Wish you all the best of luck and I hope my story helps. If I were to lose weight (50 or more), would my facial hair disappear (not stop-disappear?). Thanks

  • Can’t say for sure but it wouldn’t hurt to do it and find out!!

  • anjla

    Hi I was diagnosed in my teens with PCOS and Because of research I had known that I was suffering with this because of my outward symptoms. The hospital and doctors after 15 years, in my 30’s gave me an ultrasound scan and said that I had PCOS. Even recently 3 years ago I went to a doctor to see what they could do for me. The answer was there is no cure but wanted to put me on metformin which is widely used for diabetes which I don’t have. I refused to take it, just in case this triggered something else off. Because of the lack of treatment from doctors for family members I started to look into health issues since a young age. I am now in my late 40’s and through INFO WARS got to know about Dc Ed Group who is the only one who has been of any help. Both my husband and I believe that we have finally got the help that we need to get healthy again. I have been suffering from all kinds of different things and feel after researching dc Ed Groups site, we will find what maybe the correct supplements and other things that we need to remove from our lives, we both will be well again. We have only ben on iodine and other supplements for a couple of weeks he feels the effects already, I on the other hand am but a slower progress. I need more cleaning up to do in me than he needs. We both want to thank you Dc Ed Group for being a part of the progress in our health. Thank you for the supply of knowledge that you have accumulated over the years to be a blessing in our and many others lives. Yahua bless you.

  • Kheyrne Danu

    Thanks for the great article. Please can you add that women with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis should not use iodine until the autoimmune syndrome is reversed. This is very important, many women have Hashimoto’s and PCOS and they are not aware how dangerous iodine is for their autoimmune condition. In fact most women with hypothyroidism are not actually tested for Hashimoto’s and it covers 90% of hypothyroid cases. Iodine is very harmful for Hashimoto’s, if your thyroid is slow, please get tested for autoimmune with an integrative medicine practitioner.

  • Important info to keep in mind, thanks for sharing.

  • Priscilla

    I would like to know what you use and dosage. My daughters and I suffer from pcos and other illnesses stemming from it. Thank you.

  • Keren

    I am 26 years old and have had 4 ovarian cysts since I was 15. All the cysts that formed were the size of a melon and caused a lot of pain. I have had surgery to remove all 4 cysts. The only prevention method I was told by all of these doctors was to take birth control. I have been on about 5 different birth control meds since I was 13. I have seen 5 different doctors for this issue and the first time I heard that iodine deficiency can contribute to this problem is from Dr. Group. I had my right ovary removed during the last surgery because the physician I went to thought that I had a genetic deficiency that caused the cysts and I had already had another surgery that same year to remove a melon sized cyst. I recently went to an allergist who suggested I have my iodine levels tested. The test results show I do not have iodine deficiency. Since I only have one ovary left I would like to know if there is anything I can do to prevent another cyst from forming. Even though my iodine levels are normal should I still take iodine supplements? I see in the previous comments that a lot of people have issues due to weight. I am a healthy weight. I have lost over 30 pounds during the past 2 years. I only drink water. I eat fresh vegetables and fruit daily and limit my meat consumption. I would like to know what else I can do to naturally prevent this issue from occurring in the future. It can be very emotionally draining at times. I would greatly appreciate any advice! Thank you!

  • Hey Keren, ugh, sorry to hear that’s something you’re dealing with. To answer your question about iodine — iodine is an important nutrient, super important for that matter, but if you are not deficient and your body has all it needs, taking extra supplemental iodine won’t compound the benefits or anything like that. You’re right, cysts can develop for a lot of reasons… that’s a whole other textbook of a subject. There are things you can do to stack the deck in your favor — stay healthy, minimize your toxin intake, support normal hormone levels — but there’s not one magic pill I (or anyone) can point to and say “take this for a cyst free life”. It sounds like you’ve got a lot of good, daily habits already. Are you exercising? If you’re healthy enough, that can do wonders, probably more than anything else, in terms of promoting balance and harmony in your body.

  • Jack Russell

    Thanks so much for all your information. Its definitely been continued struggle dealing with this pcos. I have been trying to figure out what my body was going through since I was 18 and now I’m 34. Found out 3yrs ago on accident. Went to yet another doctor and when the nurse started asking me if i was the lady in the med chart she was reading was me and i said no because i didnt have pcos. I felt their crushed. So I thank you for this information

  • Olivia

    I was diagnosed with PCOS as soon as I got my first period at 12 years old. The bleeding was out of control excessive and the emotional and physical difficulties were beyond extreme so I was immediately put on birth control at age 12! (I literally could not get out of bed for a week it was so painful and I was so weak because of blood loss) So anyways I had pms that once and a couple or more times afterwards. Eventually they told me to forcibly skip my period because of the dramatic impact it was still having on me so I was on consistent birth control for like idk 10 years (which purposely by the doctors orders made me skip my period). And I also have hypothyroidism which I was diagnosed with along with an incorrect psychiatric diagnosis that totally messed me up (cuz of medicines) at 13/14 years old and your saying all of this could be systemically connected and treated by just checking blood work and going from there? Which of my doctors would you suggest me consulting about this? Cuz I want it fixed and to have quality of life again. And could a similar problem be effecting my mom, she’s at high risk for thyriod cancer right now but she had a hysterectomy after having me.

  • Ray

    I am a 31 year old women and Ive known Ive had PCOS since I was 16 years old. As the years go by my PCOS gets worse. I started off a lean PCOS fighter. I got pregnant with my daughter while on birth control. Finding out that most of my friends have the same thing and well all struggle with fertility. Most of us got pregnant in out early 20’s on birth control. The hair gross/growth has gotten so bad that i wax everywhere.

  • Gene Williams

    My daughter 22 has thyroid nodules, high TSH levels, bad acne on cheeks and chin, very small, some facial hair growth, Doctor said probably ,PCOS, so they put her on spirolactone to bring testorone levels down and birth control. We’ve been dealing with acne and root cause for years. She’s been off dairy and gluten for 10 months. Just got thyroid info 2 weeks and I’ve been researching natural healing. I put her on all natural thyroid vitamin and pushing iodine foods. What should we do to help this? Please very desperate concerned mother.

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  • Francesca Mcniel

    How i got a cure for PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome).
    I actually promised myself that i will do this because i never in life thought i would be cured of PCOS because my gynecologist told me there was no cure and because of this i could not take in and get pregnant. I had PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) for 7 years and this was a big pain to me and my husband due to the downcast we felt for not having a child. I experienced irregular periods or no periods at all sometimes, heavy periods, i gained weight (fat). I seeked a cure from one doctor to the other used androgen, clomiphene, metformin and even travelled to different states to see other doctors to no avail. My husband got to know about Dr. ALeta via a testimony he read on the internet on how a woman got a cure and he contacted her with the contact she left. I got the herbal medication and used it for the speculated 3 months that was all i have a son who is just 8 months old. Do not give up just contact her on (aletedwin @ gmail. com) on how to get the herbal medication. Thanks and i wish you get cured soon too.rtj

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