Post # 1
I was diagnosed with PCOS late last year. I was put on Metformin to try and regulate my hormones. It didn’t really work. Yes, I had a period, but it was a 40+ cycle. I had been having those on my own prior to that. I have lost about 6 lbs in 5 months. Not a huge improvement, but this with little effort from me in the exercise department. I did change my diet quite a bit though. The medication makes me feel nauseous most of the time. (I take 2 500mg pills a day and I take 1 after breakfast and 1 after dinner to help with the stomach issues.) I started taking Clomid this month and it was partially unsuccessful. I O’d but no BFP.
So my question, if you’ve used Metformin, at what point, if ever, did you stop taking it? I know lots of people have issues with it, but I just don’t how long I should keep being miserable. Are there other options?
Post # 2
Are you taking the extended release version? I take 2000 mg daily (1000 mg twice a day) and I’m pretty much fine. I really only get the gastro side effects if I eat too many carbs or too much greasy food. If you’re not taking the ER, you might want to ask your doctor about it! Also, if it isn’t helping you regulate your cycle, you might need a higher dose. (I know that sounds awful if you’re having side effects as it is, but it’s possible with a higher dose, a healthy diet, the extended release version and a month or so of adjustment, it might get the job done!)
I’ve had PCOS for years and started taking metformin before I went off the pill. Pretty much right away, I was ovulating on cd 14 and having 26 – 28 day cycles, whereas before the pill, I might get two periods a year. I really think it’s due to the metformin, so I think it’s worth it to try to make it work for you.
Post # 3
I’m not on the extended release. I will definitely ask my doctor about it!
Post # 4
Commenting to follow. I’ve been on 2000mg of the ER for two months and I’m not convinced it’s working. My doctor said to give it three months though, so we’ll see. My most common side effect has been nausea too. I take the entire dose at bedtime to help with the GI effects and eat greek yogurt first thing in the morning and that seems to take the edge off for most of the day. I hope you can find something that works and doesn’t make you feel miserable all the time.
Post # 5
My doctor took me off Metformin and told me to go gluten free. Metformin was doing nothing for me and while I wasn’t convinced going gluten free would do anything, it honestly did. If Metformin is technically an anti-diabetes drug, then we are being treated for being pre-diabetic. With PCOS, we usually are insulin resistent, which causes the pre-diabetes.
Where do we find the most sugar in our diets?
Wheat products. Seriously, cut out the wheat COMPLETELY, and you’ll see a difference. It became easy for me to lose weight, my skin cleared completely, and I just feel better. From the inside out, I feel lighter even though I haven’t really moved to far down on the scale.
When I was confused, I read this book:
It explained so much. The doctor who wrote it explains IN DETAIL how the pre-diabetes gets completely cured with the gluten free diet.
Sorry, I know that might not be the answer you’re looking for, but this was honestly a huge help to me.
Then I went on Mirena IUD and stopped getting periods all together and I feel like a cocktail of AWESOME and FREAKING AMAZING.
Hope that helps 🙂
Post # 6
it took a few months and a decent weight loss for me to become regular (Before metformin I couldnt lose weight no matter how hard I tried). I am a huge fan of metformin especially during pregnancy. It dramatically reduces the risk of miscarrage. I believe my doctor stoping metformin in the second trimester is what caused my stillbirth. My advice to you in reguards to side effects would be to take the extended release at bed time.
Post # 7
If I did get a BFP and my doctor did strongly feel like it was necessary I would keep taking it. But I reeeeally don’t want to.