PCOS & the pill

posted 2 weeks ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Yep me. I have been taking some form of the pill for over 13 years now. It did take a while to find the right fit but now I have, and my periods are much less heavy and painful and less clots too. 

I also found my periods got lighter and less painful when I switched to using a mestrual cup

Post # 4
9940 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

No. For many taking the pill just masks underlying endocrine issues that accompany PCOS. Please ask to get your resting glucose AND insulin checked. Insulin testing is so important because many with PCOS have insulin resistance which should be managed with metformin, not birth control. 

Post # 5
2360 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@bumble89:  I’m on Metformin for PCOS. It’s regulated my cycle, removed the pain and weird symptoms (diarrhea, vomiting, fainting, clammy skin) I had with my cycle, eased the cystic acne (didn’t fully take it away), and it helped me to finally lose weight with dieting. However, Metformin has done nothing for the hair in unwanted places. After being on Metformin for a few years, I got on birth control for 2.5 years after I got married, and it did nothing for the hairs either. I was still on Metformin while on BC, and I actually put on some weight due to the pill, and it made it harder to stay my ideal size, though it was still easier with being on Metformin and BC, rather than nothing at all. 

When I talked to my doctor about help with the cystic acne and unwanted hair, she said there were different meds I could try for each problem, and there’s no one need that will correct all symptoms of PCOS. However, the meds could impact my kidneys, and Metformin already can have an impact on kidneys, so I decided to stick to tweezing. 

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