Polycystic Ovaries, Metformin, and not Overweight?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
2813 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s a good idea to eat somewhat low carb on metformin, mostly because your stomach will probably go haywire if you eat a lot of sugar or carbs. A lot of folks woth PCOS see their symptoms improve when they eat lower glycemic load foods, more whole foods and fewer processed, sugary foods. I dont think you need to go full Atkins, but avoiding bread and pasta and sweets is a good place to start. Build your meals around proteins, healthy fats, lots of veggies, and some fruits and whole grains. 

Can I ask why you can’t exercise? Research has shown that certain types of exercise, like walking, can really increase your body’s sensitivity to insulin and improve PCOS symptoms. It seems like it’s actually better to do things like walking than to go balls to the wall in the gym for PCOS’ers. 

Post # 4
1421 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Chronic anovulation can lead to cysts on your ovaries, regardless of the reason you are not ovulating.  So, having cysts on your ovaries does NOT in and of itself mean that you have PCOS.  Of course you still could — but only if you had other symptoms of PCOS. 

That’s all the help I can be on this one, though!

Post # 5
44 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have PCOS. At one point I was in the same boat. I was at 255 pounds and on the same medication. Diet is truly key to it all. I found the easiest thing to follow for a diet is Weight Watchers. I tried for 3 years to lose weight and finally tried weight watchers and within a year I was down from 205 to 135 and I have reversed 90% of my PCOS And no longer need ANY medications. I haven’t needed surgeries or anything in 2 years. It is possible just got t. Do research.

Post # 6
6067 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I have a friend who has PCOS and she is very thin as well.

Basically, it’s best to follow a low GI diet. If you google that, you’ll find lots of info. 🙂

Post # 7
41 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

heathuhhhhwebbbb:  You’re exactly like me!! I am 5’3 and 120, so the working out thing wasn’t going to work out too well for me. I was diagnosed with PCOS 3 years ago via U/S and blood work.

I was placed on Metformin and Levothyroxine and everything has been working properly. Unfortunately, however, I also have extremely high cholesteral (300+), so I need to be placed on a statin as well.

I feel like an 80 year old woman with all these problems! I tried to lower it by working out, but between grad school, and 2 jobs, working out doesn’t really happen. For now its a “wait and see” type mentality for me until I actually start TTC

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  MrsBPhD.
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