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A 18-year-old female asked:

i'm a pcos patient , 18 y/o...should i take metformin?

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Dr. David Doucette
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Probably: I typically prescribe metformin to my PCOS patients because it decreases the androgens in your system (male hormone that can cause male pattern hair growth amongst other issues) and also reduces the risk of insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes). It reduces blood sugar but should not ever cause an excessive drop.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

How does metformin help pcos symptoms?

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Dr. Joshua Klein
Fertility Medicine 16 years experience
Glucose/insulin: Part of the problems caused by pcos can be elevated levels of glucose (sugar) and Insulin (the hormone that regulates glucose), both generally in the body and locally in the ovary. Metformin is a diabetes medication that helps decrease Insulin and glucose levels, thereby improving your ability to ovulate (and possibly the quality of the eggs too).
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A 32-year-old female asked:

Can i take metformin for my pcos without prescription or should I see a doctor first?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Need prescription: Metformin is only by prescription.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

Hi i'm looking for natural ways to help with pcos. I'm a slim pco sufferer with sent periods and wonder if metformin could help?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Possibly: Before taking metformin, it is important to know if you have Insulin resistance which is what metformin treats. Have your doctor do a fasting glucose and Insulin level and a glucose tolerance test with glucose and Insulin levels.
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A 41-year-old female asked:

After reading on health tap, i'm wondering if metformin would help me. I have pcos and am borderline diabetic. Could this be prescribed for me?

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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: Metformin will greatly help the pcos and also the sugar abnormalities.
A 25-year-old female asked:

I have pcos, the doctors said i jave to be treated contraceptives(all my life) + metformin (3months) is this a good treatment protocol?

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Dr. Ernest Asamoah
Endocrinology 32 years experience
PCOS is Complex: The management of pcos is complex. Note that i did not say treatment but management. There are various presentations to this rather complex disease and depending on what the patient / doctors are shooting for, management can differ. Contraceptive pills help regulate the cycles and also improve hair growth. Metformin is helpful in improving Insulin sensitivity. Significant weight loss is helpful.

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