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So I went to the OBGYN today for a follow up pap. We spoke again about my options for TTC (I have PCOS). She recommended I take Metformin which kinda confused me because last time I saw her she suggested Clomid, but I misunderstood. DH is going to get a sperm count test done tomorrow just to rule out his lil swimmer. So now we are back to me taking drugs, which for some reason I am FREAKED out about. I HATE taking medication. So much!


Have any of you ladies taken Metformin? Any words of encouragement you can give me??

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 9:38 am
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I was really surprised because my mom is a total health nut, VERY much into natural stuff, and very much against many medicines.  When my endo told me that she was recommending that I get on Metformin, I started asking questions anticipating my mom's unhappiness with the recommendation (she was with me at the appointment).  To my shock and *complete* surprise, my mom had actually already researched metformin and based on what she had read, thought it was actually a great medicine!


I can't tell you much from a personal standpoint since I've only been on it for about 2 weeks and I'm only at 1/4 of the full dose so far, but I can tell you that after doing my own research, I found VERY little bad about it.  People seem to sing it's praises all over the place!  I've had a couple of days of minute moments of diarrhea, but it was very quick to pass and not really uncomfortable.  And hey, if it helps me get my cycles back and get pregnant, then a bit of diarrhea is totally worth it!


Oh and as a side note, my mom is going through similar things that I am but from a menopause standpoint, and she likes what she's read about metformin so much that she's going to talk to her doctor about going on it!


ETA:  I should add that I also have PCOS and metformin is to help regulate my insulin resistance so that my hormones start getting back to normal and hopefully/eventually get my cycles back.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm
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Hi Jackie...I'm on both Metformin and Clomid. I, too, have PCOS. I'm currently taking 2000 mg of metformin - big, though not usual, dose. It seems as though doctors tend to start you off slowly on met because it can cause some yicky tummy side effects. For me, it took awhile to figure out what I could and could not eat w/o immediately having stomach problems. Obviously, the higher the dose, the more stomach problems I had. Fatty, heavy, fried foods caused me the most problems. However, now that I've been on the full dose for awhile, I rarely notice any side effects! The met by itself wasn't enough to get me to ovulate but in conjuction w/clomid I have been able to successfully ovulate from both ovaries. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.....

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 3:17 am
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Hello :) I also have PCOS and was given Metformin from the start. My first combo of meds was Metformin and Clomid. I don't remember having bad side effects to the metformin. I had more side effects from the clomid.  Good luck!

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm
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I am also on met for my PCOS as well as clomid. I am going to throw a wrench in and tell you that I usually stop taking the met around CD14-15 and usually O on CD17-18. Other months when I didn't stop taking it I didn't O. It may have nothing to do with it but I am a bit supersticious now about it.

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 11:18 am
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Thank you ladies for your help!!! I guess I am just worried it is going to make me sick. It is my understanding that Met is going to help regulate my periods. I know everyone is different and some of you have said you had to add clomid to help you ovulate, but how soon should I see results???


Dodgercpkl- Thank you SO MUCH for your response. It is VERY nice to know that your mom felt that Met was a good choice for you.


Dana-Did you have any bad side effects when you first started met??

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 11:38 am
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thats so interesting. I have PCOS with  no physical symptoms and my RE says the latest studys didn't show any improvement in chances with Metofrmin and Clomid vs just clomid and metofrmin is a very strong drug so he doesn't recommend it anymore so I have only taken clomid. Very interesting - We are moving on to injectables - is there anything that says you should do injectables and metformin? I have only heard about it with clomid. 

Posted on August 30, 2011 at 6:41 am
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artlvr- I spoke to my Drs nurse today. She said that the Metformin is going to help my irregular periods. If the Metformin alone does not help me, then we may add Clomid. Everything I have read and heard about Metformin is great! We shall see.

Posted on August 30, 2011 at 7:32 am
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Okay So for me Metformin sucked! I started out with 500mg then up to 1000mg then up 1500mg then up to 2000mg a day!! It started making my stomach bloat like crazy im very tiny.. 5'6" 115lbs and it made me gain weight..and it would make me stomach look like i was 6 months pregnant sometimes and it was so crazy.. also my dr finally decided to do a glucose test to see if I even needed metformin bcuz although you have pcos it does not necessarily mean your body is insulin resistant so after i did the test it came back saying i was normal and i didnt have to take the metformin anymore.. so id suggest taking the 3hr glucose test to see if you *really* need it! Goodluck! Also my RE is having me take Femara instead of Clomid apparently there are alot of studies that show how much better it is for women who have PCOS. But it is more expensive!

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 10:53 am

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