Metformin and birth control pills

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Hi my gyno put me of birth control pills to help get my ovaries producing hormones again and she said they would help releve some of the other symptoms...excess hair, acne etc. But I just started taking them two weeks ago and I feel sick to my stomach all the time, I feel exhausted tired....I am really over weight so that could be the cause of the tired feeling. But I just feel sick...has anyone else felt this way with these pills and are they really help full with treating symptoms??
Then regular check ups have to be scheduled and you put on low dose birth control pills to regularize the cycles first. Once this is corrected, regular ultrasounds will be done to assess the status of the ovum and accordingly drugs prescribed. At times laparoscopy is done and cysts punctured. Clomid is also prescribed to help ovulation. Do discuss this with your doctor. Take care!
So I am taking birth control and am going to start taking the Metformin tomorrow (Monday) and my ultimate goal is to loose tons of weight, and have regular periods. Hopefully after this works out, I can stop taking birth control and get pregnant on my own. What does everyone think? Any suggestions or comments? I'm new to this site so anything would help out. Thanks!
My doctor wanted me to take progesterone to jump start my period because I hadn't started in 8 months, but I never took the pills, and I lost 5 pounds and my period started, and now it won't stop. I have been on it for two weeks now, and it seems there is no end in sight. My cousin was like this and she would have no period for almost the whole year then she would bleed for about a month. I do NOT want to live like this.
Since DF and I decided to wait another couple of years before trying again, I went back on birth control. I started the pill again last April. It was the same one I was on for about 4 years when I was younger (Microgynon), and although I didn't have any problems with it back then, when I started it this time around I had nothing but trouble with it. It gave me acne, and after a month or 2 I started to randomly spot on it.
I've been on metformin since 9/14/08 and I'm dying to know if my cycles are regular, but I am on birth control pills at the moment and probably wont know until next year. What's the dosage you take of metformin? I take 500mg 2x a day. Like I said, it can take up to a year to restore the normal cycle (or somewhat normal cycle give or take a day or two).
I get heavy periods only for first 2 days and then less and 4th and 5th day very very less... I never took any tablets or birth control pills...or for pain or anything else not even to postpone my periods.... Two years back I knew I have fibriods, my gyno said it was no problem at all as all fibroids were outside...I used to weight around 55-58kg and height is almost 5ft. I had done once my gulcose test then and it was 89mg/dL.
Many women with PCOS are put on some type of hormone (birth control, etc.) and my MDs have warned it can mess with the thyroid levels too.
I did some research and Metformin is indeed used for weightloss and it is recommended that the pills be taken about 10-15 minutes before eating. It reduces hunger pains as well as makes you feel full due to the expansion of the tablets. I take 2000 mgs. a day. I have lost 44 pounds and counting. I have also changed some of my eating habits, but unfortunately, I am having a hard time giving up the carbohydrates.
A strict dietary control and regular exercise and normalising hormones will be of help in losing weight. Birth control pills may have the side effect of weight gain. Metformin may help. Take care and good luck.
I wanted to stop[ the BC pills to see if the metformin and weight loss is enough to return my body to a normal cycle. I know that PCOS itself can cause pain, etc...but for 4-5 days, I've had bloating, cramps on both sides, lower back pain, fatigue, dizziness, sore breasts, etc....I took 2 hpt, both negative. I've also experienced rupturing cysts, so I know well how those feel....
Hi Everyone, I was recently diagnosed with PCOS. I am currently taking 500mg Metformin 1xday. My OB-Gyn has prescribed Ortho-lo. I have been doing research of my own. My understanding is that birth control pills may exacerbate the problems in both PCOS1 & PCOS2 ( insulin and non-insulin resistant). Is there anyone that has had relief with JUST Metformin? And, for those that have used the combination of Metformin and Birth Control, how is it coming along? Thanks Everyone.......
Treatment depends of the desire of pregnancy and associated symptoms and hormonal levels. Birth control pills can also help in getting regular periods. Consult a gynaecologist for an evaluation. Hope this helps.
She had her follow up appt with her endo yesterday and he said that her insulin and testosterone levels are now within normal limits but because her period is still coming every 2 weeks and she hasn't lost any weight (in fact, she gained a few pounds) he is taking her off of metformin because it isn't working -- if it was working, she would have lost some weight and her periods will be on a regular 4 week cycle.
I continued to take until about my 12th week of pregnancy and in Feb gave birth to a baby boy. I swear by metformin, I think it is great and for me I am convinced that my son was born bc of it. Keep trying and dont give up. Did your doctor say anything to you about polycystic ovarian syndrome..just wondering bc thats why I was on metformin.
Hi, I guess you have made the right choice. Hormonal treatment in the form of birth control pills is the preferred treatment for reducing ovarian cysts. The pills will show there effects within 2 to 3 months. Ovarian drilling is a surgical procedure that can be associated with complications like adhesions. Hope this helps. The answer is based on information provided. Exact advice is not possible without a proper examination and investigations. You are requested to consult your Doctor.
along with Birth control Pills placed me on metformin. But since all my family has diabetes, that all I know its used for! Any info you can help with? if anyone can send me more info at ***@**** I'd really appreciate.
I am going to go ahead and start the birth control on Sunday as this feels like an actual period and not just my usual bleeding. I went thru a similar process 2 yrs ago, but the medicine that I went on before starting the pills caused me to bleed heavily for a few days, then stopped my period until I was done with the medicine, then shortly after I had a normal period and began on the pills.
Hi, I had problems getting pregnant, as well. I went on birth control pills when I was 16, because of menstrual pain and acne. I went off of it at age 20 to try and get pregnant. We tried for a year and then we stopped trying for 2 years and started trying again for the next 12 years until I was almost 35. I never got a single period on my own for this period of time. I had testing done when I was around 24 by a fertility doctor and was diagnosed with PCOS. I am an Ultrasound Technologist.
I lost 20 lbs on birth control pills and was nervous and sick on a daily basis. I went off birth control 5 years ago and have been fine since then. Good riddens to birth control pills.....I now have an IUD and have gained my weight back. I had no clue what was wrong with me at the time, but looking back I had a HUGE problem. Good luck to all of you. My advice is get out while you still can. I caused alot of bodily harm while on birth control.
Other drugs are available that with their anti-androgen effects block the action of male hormones that are believed to contribute to acne and the growth of unwanted facial and body hair. Birth control pills can be used to get regular periods. The answer is based on information provided. Exact advice is not possible without a proper examination and investigations. You are requested to consult your Doctor. Take care and keep us posted.
If your not ovulating you may need to take Metformin and Clomid or Fermera. I haven't read too much about just conceiving on metformin (unless your ovulating correctly).
I currently taken 1500 mg of Metformin and was on birth control. I started on Loestrin FE and I found I would get double periods sort of. I would getting spotting for 3 days in week two but then my regualr period the last week. My doctor told me if it continued into month three call him. Well, it continued so he put me on Zovia 35 I think was the name.
I've been on Metformin for just over a year now. I take 500mg @ 2x a day. I came off my birth control pills in August 2009, and have had 3 normal (pill free) periods. All lasting 2 days with this last one on 10/26-27. I had more painful cramps this month then the other months. I also think I ovulated in August, but not September and thinking I O'ed early in October which would be a good reason why my period came on cd28 instead of 30.
I was diagnosed with PCOS 12 years ago and put on birth control pills at the time. My RE has recently put me on Metformin and provera. I am going to start my first round of clomid on day 3 of my AF as soon as I get it. We have a 3 yr old that we never realized we could have had on our own but are now having trouble getting pregnant with #2. I've read a lot about diet and exercise for women on met with pcos and I'm wondering what type of diet I should be on.
I started at 850 mg metformin along with my birth control. I was then bumped up to 500 mg twice a day. Although i have not seen any difference in the way my weight is. Do i need to go up to a higher doesage or what? I am afraid of why im not losing the weight my docter said i would. She had told me in a year i would see my weight start to go down. I am making an appointment to see my docter for tests. I just need someone to tell me what i should do or ask my docter.
Diane 35 is only available outside the US though any form of birth control pill should work... so you may want to try other pills if cost is an issue. and also, hopefully they checked your hormones before they stared all this? like DHEAS, total or free testosterone and 17-hydroxyprogesterone if you have any signs of "maleness" e.g. really bad acne, really bad hair growth, etc.
I went off of birth control in June of 2010 and ever since then my periods have been really irregular... Sometimes ill skip a period for up to 3 months, get one, then skip for 4 months- so on and so forth. My husband and I have been trying to conceive and it has been extremely frustrating- I feel like I'm inadequate because i know how badly we want a baby (although i try not to stress too much because we are young, I am 19 and he is 22.
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