Metformin

Discussion in 'Long Term TTC & Fertility Issues' started by blondy13, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. blondy13

    blondy13 Well-Known Member

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    I have an appointment with my consultant on Monday to discuss letrozole details to start that after a provera induced bleed. But I am going to ask him about maybe trying metformin as well? I do not have insulin resistance and am a slim size 8 but I have read quite a few articles that say metformin has testosterone lowering properties in pcos girls, which in turn can help ovulation occur. Anyone got any experience of it? Should I push to take that as well? Thank you xxx
     
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    Vickyxx Well-Known Member

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    My doctor put me on Met after my op, I am in my second week of taking it, started off one tablet a day 500mg for a week, then increased it to two tablets a day 1000mg, and I am to increase it again next week to 3 tablets 1500mg and to stay on that if I can. The reason I have to do it week by week is that the side effects can be pretty nasty, or so I have read. So far the only things that I have noticed is increased headaches and a slight belly pain, but have read quite a few stories of women really suffering on it.

    I am also fairly slimish, have a normal BMI etc .....
     
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    Sunbeam638 Well-Known Member

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    Hi ladies, Im similar size 8ish, diagnosed with pcos but no real symptoms, have endo and doctor suggested if things carry on as they are will try metformin in the spring.

    What are the bad side effects?xx
     
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    Chazabell Well-Known Member

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    Ooooo get you lot and your size 8's ;)

    Only messing :)

    I have no experience with it hun, my Nanna takes it for her diabeties thats all i know of it xxxx
     
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    Drummers_wife Well-Known Member

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    I've been taking it for past 4 months pcos and a big girl :( am dieting tho and have lost 2.5stone xx

    Side effects - are you ready - severe diorrhea, headaches, flushing, feeling faint, mild stomach cramps and nausea xx
    The main issue from spking to others is the severe diarrhoea xx
     
  6. blondy13

    blondy13 Well-Known Member

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    I have heard about those side affects too, however if it helps me ovulate it's worth it hehe. Thanks for your advice, I'm going to suggest it on Monday. Xxx
     
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    Drummers_wife Well-Known Member

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    That's my moto blondy - anythin that will help xx
     
  8. Lynds77

    Lynds77 Well-Known Member

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    i get bad side effects with it too, get very drowsy, headache and the diarrhoea! oh my goodness. TMI alert but its almost like water coming out my bum. in fact its completely watery with very little solid in it, and the wind that comes with it is pretty bad too.
    hence why I am having trouble getting back on it, cant find a time when I have a week that i will always be near a toilet (cause when it starts its like every 30mins or so!) eek. x
     
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    Sparkl3ymel Well-Known Member

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    During my 1st 3wks I did start with diarrhoea but am just left with comedy farts!!!

    Oh and cycle shortened from 45 days to 22 days x
     
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    misscrazycooki Well-Known Member

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    I'm on for diabetes in my pregnancy I might ask my doctor if I can stay on a low dose after baby is born as I do have PCOS and glucose intolerance. I too have suffered the side effects from it and was glad I was at home that day. I just started on a low dose and increased every few days as I needed to up them as quickly as possible luckily this time I haven't had the bad side effects too much x

    I would defo give it a suggestion hunny.
     
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    There has very recently been research (which hit the gynaes desks in the last few weeks) showing that metformin has no positive results in girls with a normal or low BMI. I asked for metformin for my PCOS and was told catergorically this is now not recommended as metformin has shown to only help ladies with higher BMIs. She said to me that was absolutely no point in me taking metformin at size 8 and that clomid has shown to be much better in terms of regularing ovulation and also improving egg maturity.
    For PCOS sufferers a low GI diet is recommended for fertility purposes amongst other reasons x x x
     
  12. blondy13

    blondy13 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Lara- however clomid hasn't worked for me it seems so anything is worth a shot xxx
     
  13. Lara_M

    Lara_M Well-Known Member

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    Speak to your gynae hun, metformin is quite a strong drug to take if you arent going to benefit from it.
    You are tiny and without insulin resistance, and metformin helps ladies by making them lose weight and balancing the sugar therefore balancing the hormones. It seems thats not where you have a problem though hun. I totally get you, because I initially begged my nhs specialist for metformin, got told no. Then asked my private specialist (known to be excellent in her field) and she also told me no and gave me a whole load of reading material on why not. See if your specialist says the same.

    What a bugger about the clomid. So when was the last time you successfully ovulated. Ovulation is my problem too.

    contraversially, I had a successful ovulation when having reflexology, hadn't ovulated in months and within three appointments and a really quite painful one to induce ovulation, I then got my positive OPK. Strange but true x
     

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