Post # 1
I just stopped taking the birth control pill after 23 years a couple of weeks ago. I went to an endocrinologist yesterday and she took blood tests for hormones and sugar levels, the results of which I am waiting for.
I told her that FI and I might be trying to conceive shortly after our wedding next year. I’m 36 now and the doc told me that I should start Metformin now, but honestly I am scared to take it based on all of the side effects I am reading about.
I exercise regularly and follow a pretty low carb diet I think. Also I am not overweight. Was just wondering if anyone was able to control their PCOS doing these things, or how folks have done with tolerating Metformin, or if you take any supplements? Right after stopping the pill I did order this stuff called D Chiro inositol for PCOS and have just been taking that plus a multivitamin. Any advice/stories would be appreciated.
Post # 4
Not I. That would be an extremely difficult thing to do considering it’s a hormonal problem. Perhaps a severe modification in diet and exercise could help. But I doubt it.
PCOS sucks.. especially when you also have endometriosis 🙁
Post # 5
Amen! I have that too. Plus fibroids.
Post # 6
I’ve heard of it. Jillian Michael’s has PCOS and she said she has controlled it.
There has to be a drastic change in diet (Low GI diet) and exercise everyday.
They say women who lose 10-15 % of their body weight have seen drastic reductions in their PCOS symptoms.
To be honest, even when I was ultra skinny (110 lbs-120 lbs @ 5’4.) I still had pretty bad symptoms.
I don’t think PCOS goes away 🙁
Post # 7
@mimi123: yea.. I started Metformin in March. It was a hard transition.. make sure to have a bathroom near by. I HATE taking meds/pills so that was difficult for me to do. I do notice a big difference with it though.. I have much more energy, smaller appetite and less cravings. I lost like three pounds in three months with it. Nothing crazy.. but i’m not overweight either. I am on a hormonal patch and am going for my first laparoscopy in a little over a week.
Dr. said it shouldn’t interfere with TTC because I caught it early and have been on top of it.
Post # 8
Thanks bees. I too am a “lean” PCOS’er but I always have intense cravings for sweets, the cysts and the wacky hormone levels plus ridiculous body hair.
I wish for a baby but I feel like the deck is so stacked against me with my age (36 and not yet married) and all my fertility issues that I don’t even want to try. This makes me so depressed.
I haven’t filled the script yet for Metformin. I am still relatively new in my job and just can’t afford to have bathroom drama for the time being!
Post # 9
I am a lean cyster too and we cannot modify our symptoms by dietary and exercise changes, for the most part. Because our issues are often not related to insulin resistance.
I am on met and it is fine. The first three weeks were hard but after that I have had no symptoms whatsoever. I don’t crave carbs at all anymore on it. And if you take it at night it shouldn’t affect you during the weekdays.
I know what you mean about having the odds stacked up against you with regards to TTC! I am 29 and also feel that way! I wish I had started earlier as it seems like it is going to be a long road. I did 4 months unmedicated (annovulatory), 4 months with just met (annovulatory), and 1 month so far with clomid (annovulatory). I even have to take meds to make my period appear, which is where I am right now.
If I were you I would go back on the BCP and take met until you are ready to start trying. My RE said some woman have a fertile window after going off the BCP, before their ovaries start acting up. I didn’t have this window but if you do – I would hate for you not to take advantage of it.