Metformin for treating pcos

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Avatar f tn All lifestyle approaches are important, however recent studies have shown that for women with PCOS without diabetes or pre-diabetes Metformin alone has not been as effective as taking the fertility drug Clomiphene to get pregnant. If you have pre-diabetes or diabetes then you should continue Metformin, however you may need to add clomiphene to get pregnant. If you do not have diabetes or pre-diabetes then Metformin may not help you to get pregnant nor will it help you lose weight.
Avatar f tn I have pcos and I'm trying to conceive, I have been taking metformin but currently stopped. I ran out. I hope to start up again within a week. After taking it for a month I finally got a period. No spotting for days before or after. It was perfect. My breast even got sore! I am using this as a place for woman trying to conceive with pcos and help each other out, give advice or tell their story. Any one is welcome!
Avatar n tn Hi I am 45 and have PCOS, I tried for years to get pregnant, then they put me on Clomid, the side effects were horrid, I decided to try on my own, so I went on a chemical free diet ( i know i know you dont want to hear it and neither did I am 150 kilos now so trust me I am not preaching about losing weight) but it did help my ovaries kick in it really did then I took my temp every morning (vaginaly) and when it spiked did the deed and first try we were pregnant I have two teenage daughters now
207106 tn?1189759422 1.) wait for period or positive pt, 2.) Not pregnant, then go for bloodwork on day 2-3 of cylce, 3.) start clomid on days 5-9 of cycle, 4.) Ultrasound on day 14, 15, or 16 of cycle (with sex day before). Could it really be that easy?? I was so excited! Finally a plan of action to focus on, other than another neg. PT. Flash forward to Saturday May 5, getting bummed because no period yet (34th day of cycle), which means 1 day longer I have to wait to begin trying to get pregnant.
Avatar f tn Hello Ladies, I'm interested in speaking with any ladies that suffer from PCOS.
Avatar m tn One type can be reversed through dietary changes (typically also weight loss, which probably won't be a factor if you are not overweight as you say), but you would need to stay on the insulin until then. As for the PCOS, the only way to keep more cysts from forming is to prevent ovulation, which is why you're on the birth control (in addition to hopes of shrinking the current ones). I don't think there's anything you can do naturally to stop that whole process.
317787 tn?1473362051 I was on metformin for PCOS and have noticed all my nutrient values go down along with severe fatigue, SOB and liver pain/swelling. My doctors never guessed this could be the cause of the debilitating pain, I stopped the med and returned to my usual in a few weeks. I'm 32, I have a small cyst on my liver now and am not sure if it did damage because no on believes it does. Please use caution on this med.
Avatar n tn You should see about taking Metformin for your pcos. Bcp should regulate your cycles. Since you stopped taking it your cycles will become irregular again. Maybe speaking to a nutritionist will help you understand what diet to follow or you could try looking it up online.
1574695 tn?1322594197 What are you taking metformin for? Do you have diabetes? Do you have PCOS? Is the doctor would said to stop taking it the same one who prescribed it? I did a little research and metformin is Pregnancy Category B. It is generally considered safe for pregnant women. The article linked above states that metofrmin is generally continued throughout the pregnancy if you are taking it for PCOS.
Avatar n tn Metformin is often used for treating PCOS as well as diabetes, but I doubt you will find a doctor to prescribe it solely for weight loss since it's not approved as a weight loss med. Metformin afftects the way your body handles sugar -- i.e. reduces blood sugar. If used on a person with normal blood sugar, it could lower your blood sugar too much, which would in turn cause other problems and could put you into life threatening hypoglycemia.
381616 tn?1204341934 There is a growing population that treats insulin resistant states, especially such as PCOS, with sensitizers like Metformin. But studies have shown that lifestyle changes are better than metformin at preventing diabetes, so it is far preferred especially as the first intervention. Unless there is a contraindication( for example pregnancy, allergy, worsening renal failure on ACEs) , all diabetics with proteinuria should be on an ACE inhibitor or ARB, even if they only tolerate a low dose.
Avatar f tn A look at your labs will help members assess your situation and allow us to comment more fully. Have you been diagnosed with diabetes or PCOS? Or is the metformin strictly for weight loss? As for food, stick with the complex carbs, such as that found in veggies and whole grains, lean protein, low/no fat dairy, nuts and seeds, etc. Make sure to keep portion sizes in check.
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 Of course IVF will give you the highest success rates for pregnancy for a history of PCOS and endometriosis. Metformin alone has not been shown to be superior to ovulation induction with clomiphene in women in PCOS. So if you do not have diabetes or prediabetes, ovulation induction with Clomiphene would be superior to Metformin alone.
Avatar f tn Hi there, A detailed history should be known before determining the correct answer of your query. In PCOD there may be difficulty in conceiving.Clomid, metformin are used for treating ovulation dysfunction and insulin resistance in PCOD.Women with milder forms of thalassemia usually have healthy pregnancies. Beta thalassaemia major makes it difficult to become pregnant without fertility treatment. After you conceive, you are likely to have complications during your pregnancy.
Avatar n tn Sweetie, why would someone judge you? You are treating a disorder, PCOS. That's what you do when you are taking care of yourself. Now, going off of birth control often results in irregular periods. So, unless you get a positive pregnancy test, I wouldn't assume pregnancy. I'd say you are just having a regular but heavy period post birth control. Hopefully your period will get normal so that you can begin trying to conceive for those daughters in earnest.
Avatar f tn I don't have diabetes but I am on metformin for treating pcos....anyway everyone said I should change my diet but I am eating normal...still some sweets and blood sugar remains normal...sooo is that ok or should I really not eat sweets at all or carbs?? Thanks!
Avatar f tn i) I started using metformin for PCOs but after a week i felt GIT disturbances along with PALPITATIONS I started 500mg Od dose.Should i start from 250 mg for 2 weeks then add another 250mg after 2 weeks? as i've heard its dose should be gradually increased if side effects appear. will 250mg for 2 weeks,then 500mg od 2 weeks then 1000mg work for me? I was much worried about palpitations , how metformin cause palpitations? should i continue using metformin?
788876 tn?1236656278 hey im starting my b12 shots today and i was wondering if anyone is on the b12 and has pcos? if so, have you had any bad side affects or is it helping? i used to take metformin but it made me very sick.. i havent been treating the pcos and i want to lose weight..
Avatar n tn Hello, i have pcos and my ob-gyne said that my endometrium is thick through medical examination (ultra sound, trams vaginal), i am worried because she said she will perform ivf, but my husbnd and i cant afford that ivf thing, is there any chances that i can be pregnant without that ivf thing? Am taking metformin for about 2weeks now for my polycystic ovaries, we are conceivng for about 3yrs, we realy wanted to have a baby, please help. Any advice...
Avatar f tn I don't have the hairloss problem BUT my dr is treating me for PCOS as my hormone tests came back barley in the normal range. I am taking Metformin (I was also trying to get pregnant) and have been feeling better. BCP worked for too as I didn't know I had it until I came off it to get pregnant. Good Luck!
Avatar f tn Hi, metformin is a tried and proven way of treating PCOS. In many cases it normalises fertility such that drugs like clomid are no longer necessary. IF your doctor won't allow you to use it, perhaps you should change doctors. Please work hard to lose weight and improve your fitness, which will also increase your chances for a healthy pregnancy. As people with PCOS sometimes also have thyroid problems, now would be a good time to screen to make sure your thyroid is normal.
Avatar n tn For this, Apart from these hair removal options, there are some medicines available for treating hirsutism in PCOS. These include oral contraceptives which contain estrogen and progesterone and suppress ovulation, Metformin, antiandrogens which cause androgen blockage( eg spironolactone, flutamide, cyproterone acetate), oral corticosteroids and Finasteride. If the symptoms are severe then it will be best to consult a dermatologist.
554174 tn?1284034702 I asked her about the difference between PCO and PCOS as they diagnosed me as PCO and not PCOS. I asked her whther i had PCOS and that was leading to me not conceiving and my re told me that u need symptoms to have PCOS. I said well i have irregular periods and slightly heavy hair growth like in the usual areas and around my breatsts etc...actually it was me who was suggesting her various options like should I take progestrone supplements after IUI if I am PCOS...U know what...
1946380 tn?1324242592 I was prescribed metformin hcl 500mg once a day since metformin 500mg twice a day made me sick... Do any of you feel that metformin is effective in treating PCOS and make it possible for pregnancy?
Avatar n tn I had an outbreak of HSV-2 in 2000 and since then I have been having recurrent symptoms which I treat with acyclovir cream, I don’t use the pills. For PCOS I was prescribed metformin which I stopped using after a while coz it made me feel real sick. I also used clomid, I guess I was on the six circle of 50mg then my GYN told me not to use it again since it might cause cancer in the long run. Since then I was drinking herbal teas to regulate hormones and taking vitamins and mineral supplements.
Avatar f tn It is hard to know how many women with PCOS become pregnant without help since many women are first diagnosed with PCOS because they are having trouble getting pregnant. Often metformin or other insulin-sensitizing drugs work wonders and they are able to get pregnant and carry a baby to term. The fact is, only a small percentage of women with PCOS ever make it to the stage of trying fertility drugs.