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How does metformin help pcos symptoms?

How does metformin help pcos symptoms?

Many functions: Metformin continues to impress us as physicians with its ability to restore many endocrine functions gone awry. Some of its mechanisms we still dont know but for the most part and particularly in women with pcos and Insulin resistance component, metformin helps in decreasing Insulin resistance which in turn will lower total Insulin production and reduce ovarian production of testosterone. ...Read more

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Dr. David Sneid
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Metformin (Definition)

That reduces liver production of glucose- other benefits: can't cause low blood sugar when used alone, likely cariovascular benefit, may reduce complications of diabetes, may reduce cancer risk ...Read more


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I have been diagnosed with pcos and my doctor give me metformin but I still have periods all the time and I want kids soon so what are my options?

I have been diagnosed with pcos and my doctor give me metformin but I still have periods all the time and I want kids soon so what are my options?

Several: Pcos is condition involving several hormonal abnormalities. These include high testosterone, low estrogen, or high Insulin levels and sometimes a combination. So sometimes several meds are used. Metformin fights the high insulin. So does a low carb diet. A few months of the pill or Progesterone (provera, prometrium) 10 d per month can cause a regular period. And Clomid (clomiphene) can stimulate ovulation. ...Read more

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I have PCOS I conceived on metformin, gave birth 8months ago, I breastfeed and want to conceive again but have trouble. Can I take metformin during bf?

I have PCOS I conceived on metformin, gave birth 8months ago, I breastfeed and want to conceive again but have trouble. Can I take metformin during bf?

See details: Breast-feeding can prevent ovulation. If your PCS also prevents ovulation, you will need to use something to assist with ovulating. If metformin helped in the past, this can be used again but I would suggest you complete your breast-feeding since that will work against you. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pcos when I was 19 years old. I am 25 now. I have been on ocella and metformin for 2 years and progesterone for 3 months before the metformin & bc. My question is how can I lose the abdominal fat that I have if I am no longer on presc

I was diagnosed with pcos when I was 19 years old. I am 25 now. I have been on ocella and metformin for 2 years and progesterone for 3 months before the metformin & bc. My question is how can I lose the abdominal fat that I have if I am no longer on presc

It is difficult: Diet and exercise are the routes to weight loss. While exercise is important, dietary restriction is by far the most effective way to lose weight. You can only lose weight if you burn more calories than you consume, and it is far more effective to restrict you caloric intake than it is to try to exercise to burn off excess calories. Good luck. ...Read more

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With PCOS,how do you know if you have insulin resistance? Recently started having high blood sugar,and cholesterol.Now I'm on metformin.Also, is taking Aleve or Ibuprofen okay on met?

With PCOS,how do you know if you have insulin resistance? Recently started having high blood sugar,and cholesterol.Now I'm on metformin.Also, is taking Aleve or Ibuprofen okay on met?

Insulin resistance: If you have PCOS, you have insulin resistance by definition. It is part of PCOS. That does not mean that you have diabetes, but that you will be much more likely to get it. Metformin is a good drug for PCOS and should help with the high blood sugars. Your elevated cholesterol can be handled in different ways, if necessary. Aleve and Ibuprofen should not be a problem with Metformin. ...Read more

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Which are symptoms of pcos and metformin?

Which are symptoms of pcos and metformin?

Details Symptoms: PCOS- potential Insulin Resistance and about 25-35% become diabetics. Tendency to Cardiac complications, and high lipids. Metformin side effects: a) early,- nausea bloating vomiting, and loose Bowels. b) Learn to avoid CT scans with iodine contrast- at any timr c) stop 3 days prior to CT scan,or surgery ...Read more

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What are the side effects of metformin or Clomid (clomiphene) ? Do these medicines suppress pcos symptoms?

Varies: If concerned about side effects, consider life style changes which are totally safe. See the will power instinct by kelly mcgonigal to make successful changes. If you eat 6 equal healthy meals rich in anti-oxidants, do will power training for 5 minutes and exercise for 15 minutes you will definitely improve health. Check 25-oh vit d3 and make sure in high healthy range. ...Read more

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Pcos on metformin 1000mg bid, dull burning pain on l ovary. Had it bfr but what can it be from. Scared. Pls tell me the causes of these symptoms.

Possible ovulation: With polycystic ovarian syndrome you may actually ovulate on your own by taking metformin alone. If there is concern see your physician. Though, what you're describing may actually be ovulation. If you menstruate spontaneously approximately two weeks after feeling these pains then this may indicate ovulation. ...Read more

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I'm on metformin 2000 for Pcos helped my periods a little now my dhea's level high over 700 is related to metformin? Do we have to treat if no symptom

I'm on metformin 2000 for Pcos helped my periods a little now my dhea's level high over 700 is related to metformin? Do we have to treat if no symptom

DHEA: You must discuss this in detail with the doctor who is treating you. Metformin 2000 is quite a large dose and that might be a contributing factor without currently having any symptoms. ...Read more

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So, I have 2 of 3 symptoms of PCOS, what are the possibilities of having twins while taking Clomid, (clomiphene) Metformin or any other meds to control PCOS?

So, I have 2 of 3 symptoms of PCOS, what are the possibilities of having twins while taking Clomid, (clomiphene) Metformin or any other meds to control PCOS?

Let's clarify...: Clomid (clomiphene) is not a "treatment" for PCOS it is an ovulation inductor and yes, twin pregnancies are very common with this medicine. Other medicines used to control PCOS are contraceptives and metformin. These two do not induce ovulation. If you get pregnant while taking metformin only, your risk of twins is the same as the general population unless twins run in your family. ...Read more

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Switched to metformin ER in march, had period in april but missed since. Having some symptoms but have pcos. Could I be pregnant? Neg test so far.

Maybe but doubt: Pcos causes infertility and irregular and usually less bleeding because of anovulation (no eggs released).Metformin has many effects, including increasing the likelihood of getting pregnant in pcos. However if no period since april, and negative pregnancy test, this is unlikely. Most pregnancy tests including at home are very sensitive and pick up changes very early, so likely would be positive no. ...Read more

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I have pcos and am on sprintec and metformin. Is sprintec a proper birth control to treat pcos and its symptoms like acne?

I have pcos and am on sprintec and metformin. Is sprintec a proper birth control to treat pcos and its symptoms like acne?

Sprintec is one : Of many useful tools for pcos. It contains a low androgen progestin norgestimate which is useful for women with pcos and androgen sensitivity. Sprintec and tri-sprintec are the generics for ortho cyclen and ortho tri-cyclen. Sounds like a reasonable plan. Give it a try! ...Read more

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Metformin, pcos.feel like I'm having pregnancy symptoms. Could it be the side affects? One breast sore,nausea,headache, tierd, neg. Hpt

Metformin, pcos.feel like I'm having pregnancy symptoms. Could it be the side affects? One breast sore,nausea,headache, tierd, neg. Hpt

Interesting: Metformin may increase the chance of pregnancy in women with PCOS. Side effects with metformin are usually GI in origin such as bloating, gas pain, diarrhea. Any med can cause a headache. Breast pain with metformin is unusual. I would repeat the home pregnancy test in two weeks to make sure. Talk with you doctor about these issues as well. ...Read more

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I have pcos and type 2 diabetes, the doc took me off metformin temporarily, could that give me bad acne and pregnancy like symptoms not pregnant.

I have pcos and type 2 diabetes, the doc took me off metformin temporarily, could that give me bad acne and pregnancy like symptoms not pregnant.

Possibly: Metformin helps to lower fat synthesis. Fortunately you can eat 6 equal healthy meals and do 10 minutes of exercise after each meal to get the benefits of metformin without taking the medication. Diabetes, pcos, and acne are all helped by lowering stress, avoiding sugar, increasing vegetables and taking evening primrose oil which is high in gamma linoleic acid. ...Read more

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