Post # 1
So saw my GP today after seeing a walk in doc last week to get my u/s results. Walk in doc had said that she wasn’t leaning towards pcos (despite the u/s showing more than normal amounts of follicles) since my symptoms and my hormone levels didn’t jive with the typical pcos picture. GP felt otherwise. He told me today that I have pcos. After asking him more than once if he was 100% sure he could diagnose it from an u/s result only with no other supporting evidence, he recited the u/s report verbatum to me. He has decided to start me on 500mg of metformin starting tomorrow. He also said that seeing a specialist for my pcos is possible but the specialist would not touch the issue of infertility until I have been trying for a year, so therefore didn’t see any point in referring me at this time. So metformin it is and I will keep charting so that some day when I do get to see a specialist, I’ll be armed with information. I’m a little bit lost and not sure exactly what this all means. My SIL is a doc and she shrugged it off last week when we discussed the possibility of me having pcos saying that it doesn’t mean I won’t be able to get pregnant ever. Well yeah, but how long will it take? 🙁
Anyone else with pcos on metformin? Did it work for you?
Post # 3
I had a similar story to yours. I just had long cycles but otherwise no other typical pcos symptoms. My doc referred me to a specialist who more or less “diagnosed” me with pcos because of the long, sometimes annovulatory cycles even though my ultrasounds showed no cysts. I was put on 1000mg of metaformin as soon as I started seeing the specialist, and eventually did a round of clomid. My first round of clomid/met we got pregnant and are due in Nov! The met was hard on my stomach and made me feel icky, but with a dose of 500mg you might not feel any different. It is totally worth a shot and a lot of ppl do go on it with great success! Keep charting as it will really help you if you ever get to the point of having to see an RE.
🙂 I hope it’s a short journey for you and you don’t have to see that specialsit! You most certainly can get pregnant and if everything else is looking good, hopefully it won’t take you too long! 🙂
Post # 4
Perhaps you should see an endocrinologist?
Post # 5
@star_dust: all my hormone levels are in the normal range. He hasn’t tested insulin levels though.
Its so bizarre, because after the chat with the walk in doc last week, I read up on pcos, and aside from the u/s results and the fact that I’ve always struggled to lose weight, nothing else fits. I have regular periods, and none of the other side effects commonly associated with pcos. Oh well. Best I embrace it and move forward!
Post # 6
i *just* did a google search about this- as I have PCOS and am very concerned about TTC in the near future. Most everthing I’ve been reading has said that metformin is what works the best.
Also, your blood work can vary depending on the time of your “cycle” (I feel a PCOS cycle deserves quotes!) you might want a second opinion to be sure.
Post # 7
@jasonkatie2014: Thanks! I hope the met does the trick for me!
Post # 8
I too have PCOS, was put on 1500mg of metformin in May 2012, and I’m currently pregnant! When I was diagnosed I was depressed, but I started taking Metformin and eating better, lost 50lbs.. And suprise!! We got pregnant without trying/preventing in January!
I would suggest if you are even a little over weight, lose it, take the metformin even if it makes you feel like crap, and stay positive!!
Best of luck! <3
**just to add, my cycles were pretty regular before also!
Post # 9
I have PCOS and my doctor had me on 2000mg ER metformin. I tolerated it for a few months but after adjusting the dose many times to help with side effects, i couldnt take it anymore and went back to the doctor. She put me on a different form of metformin called Glumetza that is supposed to be easier on the stomach. Im on 1500 mg right now and so far no side effects! Best switch i ever made!!
Best of luck to you!
Post # 10
I’m not a doctor but I do know about PCOS. Its not a death sentence. And it doesn’t mean you won’t get pregnant. Your SIL is right to shrug off for now, your stress will affect things more if you let it. Also, look into natural remedies. Eat less sugar, more healthy foods, reduce stress and up your exercise. people with PCOS really need to watch weight, we have a higher chance of Diabetes type 2 & heart disease. But then again, you should get a 2nd opinion. Maybe a specialist.