Post # 1
So, OBGYN called with the results of my second blood test today. My Lh level is half of what it was 1.5 months ago (12 down from 24) but is still about 2.5 times as high as FSH level (what’s the relationship there??) so, he out me on Metformin. I’m to take 1x 500mg for two weeks, then 2x 500mg for 2 weeks, then 3x 500 mg until late Sept, when he wants to see me again, and potentially out me on clomid at that time.
So ladies, what am I in for? He said that my period might start while I’m on this. Is it common for a period to NOt start while on Metformin? ( for a brief history, I look proverb in may and got AF onCD 99)
What happens if I (somehow) do get preggers while taking Metformin? Is there a chance that I might o while taking this?
And finally , does this mean I have pcos? I mean, I’m not diabetic, and the only other usage for this that the insert states is for pcos.
Post # 3
Iwouldn’t be surprised if you we’re being treated for pcos. Odd that they wouldn’t actually tell you the diagnosis, and even stranger if they never did an ultrasound.
Metformin is often prescribed to help wih insulin resistance related to pcos and once the hormonal imbalance that causes is helped ovulation is more likely to occur.
Eta: metformin is save to take while ttc and in fact can reduce the incidence of miscarriage in women with pcos.
Post # 4
So, I wonder why he says he’ll put me on clomid after I’ve been on Metformin, if the Metformin should put everything back to how it should be, and I would then (theroetically) o on my own?
Post # 5
@anotherbee: Sounds like he’s going to try metformin on its own for a while and see how it goes. Some people still need the additional assistance from the clomid but from what I understand it’s kind of hard on the system, so if metformin alone works all the better.
Post # 6
I was put on Metformin and waited 6 months to see if my period would regulate itself. It didn’t. I did have 2 LH surges (positive OPKs) when I started taking it, but my progesterone wasn’t high enough to confirm ovulation. I also lost 20 lbs during those 6 mos. I worked out 2-3x per week and made an effort to moderate my eating habits, but didn’t do any specific diet.
Common side effects of metformin are gastointestinal. Make sure you take it with a full meal! I had nausea and diarrhea the first few weeks I was on it, but my body quickly adapted and now I experience zero side effects.
After 6 months with little to no improvement in my cycles, despite losing weight, Mr. B and I decided to start fertility treatment, beginning with clomid. Clomid did make me O, but I didn’t get pregnant — but that’s another story.
Reaction to metformin is varied. Even on metformin, I have extremely long cycles and don’t ovulate. Other girls find that met is all they need to take to return their cycles to “normal” (though PCOS cycles tend to be longer than average, even when ovulatory). Hopefully this will be the case for you!
And what @SapphireSun says is true. It is safe to take metformin while pregnant.
Post # 7
Oh! Additionally, women with PCOS report the return of fertility with either a low-carb/low-GI diet or a vegan diet. I have read anecdotal evidence and studies supporting both approaches.
I am on a low-carb paleo diet this month and ovulated on my own on CD16, but that may have had something to do with the femara I took last cycle. I don’t really know what makes my ovaries tick, to be honest!
Post # 8
You will probably lose weight on the metformin. Just a word of caution, sometimes it can cause diarrhea. That’s why you work up slowly to a full dose…
Post # 9
I take 1500mg of Metformin every day, it took me a few months to have a period, but I did have one! Before the Met, I hadn’t had a period for 15 months. I’m not TTC for at least a few more years, but I wanted to confirm PCOS.
I got the extended release (necessary!!) and take all of them at once at night. It gives me some gastrointestinal trouble which is so annoying– I’m so tired of the gas and stomachaches after eating. I get really nauseous if I take them throughout the day with meals, so my endocrinologist said it’s all fine to take them at night (since they are extended release).
I’ve only lost maybe 10 pounds? Considering I put on 30 over the 15 months without a period, I was hoping more would come off!
And yes, as you start taking them (and especially the first few days of an increased dose) make sure you’re near a bathroom after all your meals. I had a 3 hour car ride after lunch one weekend of an increase… I still remember that stomachache!
Post # 10
Metformin is safe in pregancy and will improve chances of pregnancy in PCOS. It will make you lose weight…. usually because it makes you feel too lousy to eat… 🙁 Sometimes doctors will use it off-label for obesity. If you doctor didn’t tell you, you probably should take a multivitamin or folate supplement since metformin can cause low folate which is bad for pregnancy.
Post # 11
Thank you ladies!!! This is a tremendous help to me. I’m also slightly terrified about the GI issues.
I’ll make sure to eat a good meal when I take it. I was planning on taking it with breakfast, but I’m wondering if I shouldwait for supper? I tend to eat more at supper, and I’d be home from work and close to the bathroom!!! Although I plan on taking it about 3-2.5 hours before I need to be at work. Would that cause problems? I have a job where I’m on the phone with clients and can’t necessarily get upwheneverrot go potty!!
I did do some reading about lowcarb, and I’m going to try to cut some out. I love carbs 🙁 I’m also trying to loose a little weight, since I’ve put on about 20lbs since coming off the pill in aug…Thankfully, I seem to be able to attribute that to the pcos!
I just bought some quinoa for lunch tomorrow. Anyone have any good recipes?
Keep the advice coming ladies! I’m feeling a little bummed today since it looks like it’ll be fall/winter before I have a shot at a baby…
Post # 12
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The reason people start small and work their way up is to see how their bodies react to it. Some people cannot handle it, as it can cause tummy troubles – I’ve never had many issues, to be honest. I’m glad he’s monitoring it. Metformin brought my cycles down from 120+ days, to around 60-70 (still ridiculously long, but better) but it didn’t automatically bring on periods for me. It also didn’t affect my weight. (BOO.)
MAKE SURE YOU EAT WHEN YOU TAKE IT. Even being a Metformin pro, I still get nauseous if I don’t eat soon after/before. I do mine in the morning with breakfast, and my second pill I do just before dinner. That way I don’t forget. I also keep a sleeve of pills in my handbag, for when I’m eating out or not at home.
Post # 13
Can anyone give me a list of foods to avoid while taking Metformin? I’ve read carbssugar processed sugars, but a list of items would be super helpful!
Post # 14
I would recommend taking it after dinner if possible. Metformin made me extremely sick, vomiting and diarrhea. I took it at work and that was a BIG mistake. After that I was unable to take it. Good luck, sorry I couldn’t help more. But I definitely agree with the others, Low Carb! I had lost 75 pounds 8 years ago shortly after being diagnosed with PCOS with the Adkins diet. After the first 20 pounds lost I had a period after going 7 months without it. After that it was like clock-work and eventually lead to a bfp that I lost, but at least it happend on its own.
Post # 15
I’m taking metformin for my PCOS and it’s done nothing for me so far, my periods are still 60 cycle days buuuuuut i am only on a 500mg/day dosage, which is mild.
Even with this low dose a bit of carbs or fats means a day locked away in the bathroom!
Post # 16
Holy crap! What can I eat while on this stuff???