Metformin Not Working For Pcos

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Metformin, Weight Loss & Pcos – Does It Actually Work?

Did you know that one of the main reasons you can't lose weight with PCOS is because of your hormones? It's true, and that's why many women (and physicians) turn to using Metformin to try and help with weight loss. But just because it works for some people doesn't mean it will necessarily work for YOU. Find out why metformin helps with weight loss, but more important what works better and how to finally lose weight if you have PCOS. ​ Insulin & PCOS: Why It's so Important One of the most common medications prescribed for PCOS is metformin. But, PCOS is a hormonal condition which results in weight gain, hair growth on the face, infertility, acne and estrogen/progesterone imbalances. So why is metformin, a medication used to lower blood sugar and treat insulin resistance, used to treat estrogen/progesterone imbalances in women? The logic is quite simple: Most of the symptoms of PCOS (all those listed above) stem from insulin resistanc e! In fact many physicians recommend that ALL women with PCOS should be treated for insulin resistance regardless of what their fasting insulin and fasting blood sugar levels are. This means that the root cause of PCOS (at least the majority of it) is Continue reading >>

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  1. fattymcflurry

    Hey all!
    I am hypothyroid and PCOS and started Metformin 2000mg a day in March so almost 4 months.
    It pretty much immediately cut my cycles down from 35-45 days to regular 27-28 day cycles for March & April.
    We just started TTC at the beginning of May for the first time and my progesterone on day 26 of cycle was a measly 3 when I was pretty sure I had ovulated on day 17 of May. Boo.
    I am now on CD36 and still no period. My boobs are tender, I've been so sleepy and crampy like I'm about to get my period but nothing yet! All HCG urine strips are stark white negative.
    I'm concerned the Metformin has stopped working for me and am wondering if anyone has had any similar issues?
    Thanks guys!

  2. NirvanahCrane

    Metformin is just one tool in box of dealing with PCOS- the hormone system is one complicated beastie, lots of things can throw it off- including stress from TTC!
    Metformin is meant to deal to the insulin sensitivity issue that comes along with PCOS- it's not a magic pill at all! My suggestion go back and talk to your doctor about else is going on for you. Things like weight, what your other hormone levels are doing, what food you are eating, what stress you are under etc, and just generally having PCOS will fuck with your cycles.
    TL;DR, could be lots of things causing your cycle to extend out again and give you PMS, not necessarily Metformin ceasing to work, but talk to doctor.

  3. Nuciferyne

    Definitely talk to your doctor about this. I know that I've been on Metformin as well for a while thanks to all the irregularities messing with my hormones. For the past few years I stopped having periods all together for months at a time. I started Metformin earlier 2014, and only just these past three months have I actually started having them monthly again (though, they still go far too long). As NirvanahCrane stated, it's only one of the tools needed to get you back on track.
    One thing that helped me "get it going" when I felt like I was ready to start but it was taking it's time, was drinking Ginger Ale. Ginger is known to relieve cramping pain. In my experience it does, but it makes the flow heavier so be prepared for that.
    Best of luck with all this, I know it's a struggle.

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