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    Default Metformin for PCOS???

    I recently was diagnosed with PCOS and started on Metformin. Is this a common medication for this? I have never heard of it. Does it work?

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    I have PCOS and started taking metforming for it about 6 years ago. Works wonderfully, but I couldn't stomach the regular metformin - took if for 3.5 years and it was a dietary battle. I saw my endocrinologist and she switched me to glumetza which is a slow release metformin and it has been a life changer. Previously I had taken birth control for it and had horrible horrible side effects with it. I would never take b/c to treat it again.

    I take 1000mg daily at dinner time and very rarely do I have side effects. Mind you, I still have to really watch what I eat or I'll be in the washroom all night but it's no where near as bad as when I was on the regular metformin.

    University of Chicago has a PCOS specialization program with good info: Center for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - The University of Chicago Medicine
    There's also a message board for PCOS (keep in mind some of the people on there think they're doctors but they're idiots) Soul Cysters | Women with PCOS Speak From the Heart
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    I only took it while trying to get pregnant. It worked for that and I had no side effects at all. I generally eat healthy but am a horrible snacker (like snickers, chips and sweets in general) and do eat a boatload of crap a day. It made me lose weight though which was a no no for me at the time (I was borderline underweight)

    It's a common med for pcos in the fertility world but is just getting a good start in the general public to treat the symptoms of pcos without the infertility aspect.
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    I also have PCOS but only take metformin for fertility. It is hard to stomach at first, I started with one pill daily then went to 2 after a week. It definitely made me lose weight, but mainly because I was so nauseous from the medication.

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    Oh and it did regulate my cycle which is a symptom that I was experience (irregularity) which obviously made it hard for me to get pregnant.

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    Good to know...I would like to loose a few pounds so I wouldn't mind if I lost a bit of weight. I am only taking it for PCOS

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    I took it to get pregnant as well and it worked well for me!

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    Thats good to know BabyLove...we will see what happens

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    Yes, it is a very common medication for treating PCOS. It is a commonly used oral drug for treating type 2 diabetes, it improves insulin sensitivity. But many people with PCOS do have this problem too. It should increase the chance of ovulation and if you lose a few pounds, most people would be happy. I know there can be digestive issues, but I don't have any direct experience with using it myself. Start slowly.
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    Forgot to mention, but some doctors will keep you on this drug even after you are pregnant. People with PCOS or obesity in general have a higher rate of miscarriage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by momtotwoboys View Post
    Forgot to mention, but some doctors will keep you on this drug even after you are pregnant. People with PCOS or obesity in general have a higher rate of miscarriage.
    I was kept on it until I was 12 weeks with all my pregnancies. I did have 2 miscarriages and carried 3 babies to term.

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