A relatively new method of treating ovulation problems in women with polycystic ovarian disease is to use an oral medication called metformin (brand name is Glucophage). Metformin has traditionally been used as an oral drug to help control diabetes. Doctors also use Glucophage in women going through in vitro fertilization for PCOS, and for those with very high antral follicle counts - if their ovaries are "polycystic" by ultrasound. Women with polycystic ovaries respond with a "smoother" response to the injectable FSH medication if they have been taking Glucophage.
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After having had 2 miscarriages, this drug helped me maintain my pregnancy. I think if you have PCOS, it is a must. Ask your doctor about it.
not so sure how it's working for my hormones but I'm guessing good because my cycles are now every 25-30 days. I get nausea and a couple times a week get diarrhea but worth it if ttc and stay healthy. also gave lost almost 20 pounds on this pill and dieting and excersize. I'm also a vegetarian now.
I have only been on it for 2 wks. I have had nausea and diarrhea some. but am losing weight nicely and hoping for good results with period regularity and pregnancy.
After over a year of having cycles that ranged from 13 to 45 days with spotting nearly every other day due to coming off of depo shot, I was put on metformin and the very next cycle was a perfect 28 day cycle. It does give my diarrhea, hence the missing 5th star, but that may be a cause for weight loss so I shouldn't be too upset!
I'm very nauseated and have diarrhea, and I believe it throws off ovulation readings.
A huge improvement after starting Metformin. My glucose levels are down. Seems to be the only drug that works for me.
I have had two successful pregnancies after taking metformin for 5-6 months. I have not been diagnosed with PCOS but began taking it because my doctor thought I was not ovulating. The main side effect I experienced both times was a 20+ pound weight gain and nausea. I felt hungry all the time while on metformin, if I did not eat something every two hours I would become very nauseated. But since it works so well for me a little discomfort is worth the end result of having a healthy pregnancy. :)
I've been on metformin for about 7 months now , I've been taking it twice daily and she up dosed it for 3 times daily now . I have pcos and I stopped taking it for 2 weeks and I got my period nov 30 last for a week and I ovulated and now I'm waiting to see if we get pregnant.. when starting to take this medicine you'll have diarrhea and you feel weird , your body just has to get use to it .. but let's see if it helps . Praying that it does ..
I've been on it for 5 years...no pregnancies, some weight gain, mild upset stomach, glucose levels are much better. I have PCOS.
Made me have diarrhea.
Just not the medicine for me. It did not ever regulate my cycle, and I never ovulated while I took it. Made me sick every single day. Nauseated and in and out of the bathroom all day. I'm happy it works for some but for me, Metformin did nothing but make me miserable for several months.
I was put on this drug to help my sugar levels. Gives me the bubble guts after I take it ... but it does help with weight loss and I believe infertility
Made me very nauseated.
my Gyn wanted me to take it to help with my PCOS and high free insulin levels to attempt to help me not become diabetic. however, I have severe reactive hypoglycemia bc of my PCOS and taking this as 500mg once daily causes my sugar to drop too low and get close to blackingout. this said, it works for my diabetic husband as well as others but it's ultimately up to you and your Dr. to discuss the pros and cons.
You need to make sure you take this on a full stomach, or with a meal to prevent nausea. otherwise this has helped regulate my irregular period. I've lost a bit of weight. it seems to be working. It requires a prescription. We're not actively trying to conceive, but I imagine it will help to manage the PCOS long before we start trying.
my doctor put me on metformin a couple months ago not cuz of pcos or diabetic but because my periods were so irregular that i wouldn't have them for months so wasn't ovulating. finally at end of 2nd month i got s period that lasted 2 weeks! now to see if i ovulate and get any news. been trying for 2 years now.
I've been taking Metformin for two months now. It has done an amazing job of regulating my cycle. My doctor told me from the beginning that diet will play a huge role in how you feel while taking it. I didn't watch what I was eating over the holidays and I felt really awful. Now my diet is a lot more controlled and clean (and I'm taking one in the morning and two before bed), and I feel a lot better.
Constant watery bowel movements, but cycle is regular and ovulating per opks.
I've hear did a brand called, Vitex that got many of my friends pregnant after a few months who have been suffering to conceive & with PCOS for years!
I've only taken it for a few weeks. I don't have PCOS but my Dr. thought it would help me ovulate. I've never known when I've ovulated until now. so I believe it works. I will give it more time.
I take metformin for my sugar levels it makes my stomach bubbly but I guess my stomach getting used to it...
I haven't started yet.... but I was wondering. - Can you start the medication before your period starts? - can you drink alcohol while using this medication? - how long did you have your nausea symptoms?
This stuff totally upsets your stomach for like the first month, but after that those symptoms improved. Been on it a few months, not pregnant yet but I've lost 23 lbs and my body seems to be showing signs of actually ovulating now so I'd recommend it.
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