Inofolic® Alpha FAQs

What’s the difference between Inofolic Alpha and other myo-inositol products?

Inofolic Alpha contains Alpha-lactalbumin as well as myo-inositol and folic acid. Alpha-lactalbumin improves the absorption of myo-inositol in the intestines as 40% of women cannot absorb it naturally. This is done by rebalancing the microbes in the gut and reducing chronic inflammation. This reduces the severity of PCOS symptoms and improves the effectiveness of myo-inositol.

Alpha-lactalbumin can also improve the quality of your eggs by improving the way your body uses melatonin.

What is the difference between Inofolic Alpha and Inofolic?

Inofolic Alpha contains myo-inositol and folic acid, the same as Inofolic, however, Inofolic Alpha has a much higher success rate because it also contains alpha-lactalbumin. Alpha-lactalbumin increases the absorption of myo-inositol, improves the gut microbiome and reduces inflammation, all issues experienced by women with PCOS.

We know that around 40% of women do not respond to products containing myo-inositol alone, but they do respond to Inofolic Alpha.

It is safe to take Impryl alongside Inofolic Alpha to support fertility in women with PCOS?

Yes.

The two supplements work on different areas of fertility and will not interfere with each other. Although both products contain folate/folic acid, the combined folate dose is within normal guidelines.

Will I get pregnant?

Clinical trials have shown that women with PCOS who take Inofolic Alpha at the recommended dose for 3 months improve their menstrual cycle. This indicates that they are ovulating. Consequently, women with PCOS who take Inofolic Alpha would expect a higher pregnancy rate than those not taking it.

What are the ingredients in one sachet of Inofolic Alpha?

Each sachet of Inofolic Alpha contains:

2000 mg              Myo-inositol

50 mg                  Alpha-lactalbumin (whey milk protein)

200 mcg              Folic acid

Allergens: see ingredients in bold

It is recommended to take two sachets per day.

How much do I take a day?

It is recommended that you take one sachet, twice a day between meals and about 12 hours apart. To take it, add the contents of one sachet to 25-100ml of water, stir and drink.

How long should I take it for?

An egg takes about 3 months to develop. It is therefore important to start taking Inofolic Alpha three months before trying to conceive or undertaking fertility treatment, and to continue to take it during pregnancy.

What can I take it with?

Inofolic Alpha should be taken with a small glass of either still or sparkling water. It is best not to take it with sweetened drinks.

What does it look like?

Inofolic Alpha is a fine powder that is packaged in a sachet for protection. Each box contains 30 sachets: a month’s supply consists of 2 boxes with a total of 60 sachets - perfect for 2 sachets per day.

Should I take it on an empty stomach or with food?

It is recommended that you take Inofolic Alpha on an empty stomach.

Should I take it on an empty stomach or with food?

It is recommended that you take Inofolic Alpha on an empty stomach.

Is Inofolic Alpha flavoured?

No, it is virtually tasteless.

Is Inofolic Alpha suitable for vegetarians?

Yes

Is Inofolic Alpha suitable for vegans?

Alpha-lactalbumin is a serum protein derived from dairy milk.

Can I take Inofolic Alpha if I am lactose intolerant?

Small amounts of lactose may be present in Inofolic Alpha

Can I take two sachets of Inofolic Alpha at once?

Although taking two sachets at once will not cause harm, we would recommend taking one sachet twice a day, 12 hours apart for maximum benefit.

What should I do if I forget to take Inofolic Alpha?

Inofolic Alpha is a nutritional supplement to be taken as part of a well-balanced diet. Skipping a dose is not a problem but should it happen, just continue your dosing as scheduled. Should you forget several doses, just resume your normal pattern as soon as possible. Taking larger doses at one time would not compensate for previously skipped doses.

Be aware that forgetting to take Inofolic Alpha over a long period may reduce your benefit from the treatment.

Is it ok to take Inofolic Alpha with other medicines?

There is no evidence to show any negative interaction with medicines, however, please also see the answer below about folic acid. When taking any dietary supplement alongside other medication, it is always advisable to consult your doctor/ pharmacist.

Can I take Inofolic Alpha as well as folic acid?

The daily combined amount of two sachets of Inofolic Alpha is equal to 400 mcg folic acid. Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin so ‘overdose’ is not a risk if you are taking an additional pre-pregnancy vitamin tablet that contains folic acid.

Many women take 800 mcg of folic acid per day: if you choose to take both Inofolic Alpha and Impryl you will receive this amount. Although safe, higher daily amounts than this should only be taken under medical supervision from your doctor. Some women are recommended to take higher doses such as if they have a raised BMI, a history of ‘neural tube’ defects, such as spina bifida in previous pregnancies, or are taking anti-epileptic medicines.

How many calories are there in Inofolic Alpha?

Less than 5 calories per sachet.

Is it safe to take whilst breast feeding?

Yes.

Is it okay to take whilst on the contraceptive pill?

Yes. Some women with PCOS use the contraceptive pill to help with other symptoms of PCOS such as irregular periods, acne and excessive hair growth. Inofolic Alpha has been shown to help improve these symptoms too. Moreover, some women take Inofolic Alpha to treat these symptoms but may not want to become pregnant, so they should take contraceptive measures, such as the pill.

Can PCOS cause permanent infertility?

PCOS is a syndrome that can affect women in different ways and to different extents. Some PCOS women have no problem in becoming pregnant, whereas others will not ovulate or become pregnant without medical intervention.  There is a wide spectrum between these two extremes.

Can you have PCOS and still ovulate every month?

Yes, it is possible that some women with PCOS still ovulate every month.  However, others may not.  Even if a woman is ovulating, the quality of the egg may be compromised.  This is why it is worth taking Inofolic Alpha to help achieve good quality ovulation every month.

How can I avoid gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes, or diabetes in pregnancy, is twice as common in women with PCOS than in non-PCOS women.  Taking Inofolic Alpha reduces the incidence of gestational diabetes.  You can take Inofolic Alpha throughout pregnancy.

Can PCOS cause rapid weight gain?

PCOS can make women much more susceptible to weight gain.  This is linked to insulin resistance, which is common, comprising 65%-80% of all PCOS women.  Inofolic Alpha improves insulin resistance.  PCOS women reduced weight by 6% within 6 months, when treated with Inofolic.

What does PCOS acne look like?

PCOS acne appears very similar to teenage acne and, like teenage acne, can vary in its severity from very mild to severe red pustules.

Does everyone with PCOS grow facial hair?

No. When two of the following three are present, you will probably be diagnosed as having PCOS. This is known as the Rotterdam Criteria.

  1. Menstrual /ovulatory disorders
  2. Evidence of high androgen levels
  3. Polycystic ovaries visualised on an Ultrasound scan.

Therefore, some PCOS patients may not have raised androgen levels and won’t have the unwanted hair growth that this usually causes. Please also note that before you get a PCOS diagnosis, other potential causes of ovulatory problems or raised androgens (male hormones) must be excluded.

Can you get Inofolic Alpha on prescription?

No. Inofolic Alpha is a supplement, not a medicine.

It works by supplementing key nutrients required to support/treat women with PCOS.

Can I order this from a retail pharmacy?

No.  You can order online at FertilityFamily.co.uk

When will I receive my order?

Orders received before 2pm Monday to Friday will be delivered the next working day. Orders received after 2pm will be processed the next working day and delivered the working day after that.

I have a query about my order, can you help?

We work hard to make it easy for you to place your order. Questions you may have about delivery, cancellations & returns are covered HERE.

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