Metformin and hair growth

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Avatar_m_tn i have all the symptons the majorrr weight gain,excess hair growth,acne, and thinning hair. Will metformin help all my symptoms?
Avatar_f_tn The initial complaint that I brought to my doctor was experiencing hair growth on my face, excess hair growth on my arms/legs/bikini, and hair loss on my head. I've since begun laser hair removal on my face and arms, but I am about 4 treatments in (24 wks) and am not noticing results. It is becoming more and more difficult to hold my head high- many days I don't even want to be seen in public. Are there hormonal therapies/treatments that I can look into to assist with the hair growth/loss???
Avatar_f_tn Im just going threw the process ....
Avatar_f_tn I have been on Metformin for about 3 yrs. I still get sick to my stomach and very loose stools and painful gas. Somedays I get no side affects and other days its unreal. Thought I would get use to it. I am on it for serveral reasons. No AF, cystic acne and to top it off type 2 diabetes.Since taken it,no skipped periods and no big cyst on my face, That last one is a blessing in its self.
Avatar_n_tn I have been taking metformin for a week and have lost 19 pounds i am taking it for pcos and it has worked wonders i also have a normal cycle now i dont know if you have one or not but if you dont hopefully it will help
Avatar_n_tn I consulted a gyneac and she told me since I was single at that time she just gave me dianette to control hair growth. I got married last yr and since i moved to UK, I consulted a endocronolgist here. She put me on Metformin 500*3 a day for 6 months . I got periods regular on a 40 day cycle. my last period was on jan 25. As per 40 day cycle I expected a period in March 6 and dint get it. I approached my gyneac and she said I could get it anytime.
Avatar_f_tn Started with 50mg Clomid - no luck and not good follicle growth and ovulation. This month I am on 100mg Clomid and I went for a scan yesterday - there were two growing follicles in my left ovary - one 12mm and the other 16mm - so there is a bit more progress and my blood tests showed that the estrogen levels are higher than the previous month on 50mg Clomid.
1408380_tn?1281392162 My doctor only put me on BC pills to stop hair growth (which did not work) and to stop the cyst from forming. After buying a book on PCOS I heard about Metformin. I had to ask my GYN about it and they put me on it. While, I took Metformin I lost 7lbs but my kidneys were in pain 24/7. My gyn said that it was a side effect of Metformin and if I couldn't take the pain to stop taking the pill. Which I 2005. My doctor did not recommend another option.
178295_tn?1196989533 I am not overweight at all, but I do have the extra hair growth and infrequent periods which the metformin is supposed to help with. Has your cycle been regulated with the drug?
Avatar_n_tn I have struggled with symptoms for many years but just found out what the cause was. I have some extra hair growth and very painful and irregular periods. I also struggled with infertility. My husband and I do not wish to have any more children. We chose to have him get a vesectomy because I have never tolerated birth control. Now that we know I have PCOS the doctors say the best way to treat my painful and irregular periods was to try thr patch. I am not crazy about this.
Avatar_f_tn The most common immediate symptoms are anovulation, excess androgenic hormones, and insulin resistance. Metformin is an insulin sensitizing agent and will not lower testosterone levels. 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.
Avatar_f_tn You have pcos like me i am 21 but i was wondering how do you decrease your pcos symptoms like hair growth and such? I have tiny ammount of facial hair but i wax it off is there anything else i can do? Is there any pcos suppert groups or anything? please let me know thank you so much.
Avatar_n_tn I discovered that when my dosage of synthroid was reduced, my hair growth reduces......and it is also related to my period cycle. They grow stubborn when i ovulate and till i have my chumps.....:(( I want to treat myself, my doc just gives me a simple sol of taking birth control pills. I have severe abdomen pain after i ovulate...:( . Any suggestions?? Now recently, when i visited my doc, she suggested, i might have insulin resistance as well.....
Avatar_f_tn If your on metformin and if your overweight and on a diet, your symptoms will improve with weight loss. Im on metformin 500mg 1x a day plus birth control. I also take a multi viatmin and another vitamin called Super B Complex (it has a ton of vitamin in it, also it helps with hair skin and nails, well thats what it says on the bottle) I've noticed while taking everything, my symptoms are getting better. My periods use to be about 4-5 days while on bc pills, now it last 3 days.
Avatar_f_tn At the same time, since the birth control pill works by shutting off the signal to your ovaries from your brain, the ovaries will stop making testosterone and your acne and rate of hair growth will hopefully improve. This is a common problem, for which I would recommend seeing your ObGyn or a Reproductive Endocrinologist to help decide which approach is best for you.
Avatar_n_tn Besides of other symptoms, I have constant problems with my face, such as acne and I also have problems with facial hair. Would laser treatment help me/with the hair growth? Because this is what doctors recommended for me. I also have problems on my legs, but those are due to ingrowing hair-which also has to do with this disease. I haven't worn a skirt or short pants since I was 12 or so. I feel like I'm missing out on enjoying myself and my youth.
Avatar_n_tn I've been diagnosed with PCOS recently and will start Metformin and Clomid. I've heard the chances of having a healthy pregnancy with these meds are 40% for PCOS women which isn't too bad but wish it was more like 80% : ) Just wanted to hear any success stories to help cheer me up.
233616_tn?1312790796 All I can say to that is if you are not IR or have type 2 diabetes you don't want to be on metformin. My husband is diabetic and needs it but why would you want to take it if you don't need it? Too much IR resistance information going around these days. Either your IR or your not. Tx life doesn't revolve around IR resistance, diabetes, obesity etc, etc. I think it's good to be aware, but all the information lately has been a bit much. Prior to tx fasting glucose was normal.
Avatar_f_tn Hi! Polycystic ovary could itself be the cause of hair loss. This is usually do to hormonal imbalance. Correcting this imbalance can prevent hair loss. Please consult her gynecologist regarding this. Another common cause is dandruff. Iron deficiency anemia could be another cause. Correcting the cause will help in re-growth of lost hair. Do discuss this with her doctor. Take care!
Avatar_n_tn Give your diet an overhaul if you're lacking vital nutrients for growth and switch to foods for healthy hair. If it's related to an illness, it can be reversed by effectively treating the underlying cause. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps.
Avatar_f_tn I'm very hopeful, I've only had one treatment and my hair growth has already slowed some!!! I have to shave 1 to 2 times daily and now I am down to only once a day everyday. Also when I wake up in the morning the growth isn't near as much, it is almost not noticeable which is very important because it would be a lot easier in the morning to not have to do that when I have to take my oldest to school and sign her in. The hair is very course and brown. Thanks again!!!!
Avatar_n_tn Give your diet an overhaul if you're lacking vital nutrients for growth and switch to foods for healthy hair. If it's related to an illness, it can be reversed by effectively treating the underlying cause. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps.
Avatar_m_tn Both TPOAb and TgAb should have been tested. If you test positive for either one it can indicate Hashimoto's. Free T3 is also very important, as mentioned in the reply above, because it correlates best with patient symptoms. It is a more accurate test than Total T3 because it measures the amount of T3 in the blood that is available for the body to use. Total T3 is outdated and measures usable and unusable T3. A low FT3 result can indicate a low-functioning thyroid, no matter the TSH.
Avatar_n_tn i was put on metformin (DO NOT USE IF YOUR SEXUALLY ACTIVE AND DO NOT WANT TO GET PREGNANT) and it helped me shed the pounds and slow the hair growth. Although it will not make the hair you now have go away, it will slow the growth of new hair. If you do not want to get pregnant and are sexually active, i suggest birth control, it does the same things as metformin but provides the birth control. hair you have now- DO NOT SHAVE! i find it makes my hair coarser, thicker, and grows back quickly.
Avatar_n_tn Cyproterone acetate is a progestogen with anti-androgen effects that blocks the action of male hormones that are believed to contribute to acne and the growth of unwanted facial and body hair. Other drugs with anti-androgen effects include flutamide and spironolactone, both of which can give some improvement in hirsutism. ref:http://en.wikipedia.
Avatar_f_tn balding in the front,shedding and falling out throughout and in the back. It made my hair stick together in patches and when you tried to untangle it the hair would fall out. I am very MAD and don't know what to do. You're right its great for the diabetes BUT bad for your hair. Doctor took me off of it-kept me on metformin and added Onglyza. I've continued to condition and moisturize,hot oil etc. hoping for a miracle.
Avatar_f_tn I have some pain in my pelvic area which feels like a throbbing pain. I also have noticed abnormal hair growth on my face and breasts. A few days ago I started experiencing tingling feelings in my legs and arms. I have been to many doctors. They have done blood work to test my liver, pancreas, thyroid, and tests for diabetes. I have had CT of my abdomen and they found a small cyst on my ovary.
1614896_tn?1301943946 doc did a transvaginal exam and blood work and that's when i was diagnosed. I was put on metformin and provera. we are trying for a second child and haven't had any luck. Does the provera make me ovulate and if i get pregnant while on it will i still have a period from taking the pill? Also has anyone else had any luck getting pregnant with pcos and if so how? Thanks!!
Avatar_n_tn I've been on this site and posted about not having a period in months, well now it's been 7 months since my last one, well i finally got insurance and went to the doctor and they done blood work then a ultra sound where they found both my ovaries full of cyst and three fiord's cyst and that my Uterus is twice the size of a normal one, My doctor said it was Pcos and and gave me Metformin HCl 500 MG.
Avatar_f_tn I've suffered from painful ovarian cysts, had several miscarriages, male hair growth on the face and chest, hair loss, depression, mood swings, high cholesterol, chronic anxiety, and high blood pressure. I have been told by an Enternal Medical Specialist that my only hope of losing weight is Gastric Bypass, which my insurance won't cover because I do not have diabetes. I don' t know what to do anymore. This weight is destroying me mentally, physically, and emotionally.