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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. Dennis Higginbotham
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Definition)

Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more


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Dexamethasone and metformin for pcos what does it do to help with conceiving?

Dexamethasone and metformin for pcos what does it do to help with conceiving?

Additional info: Hi Kathryn, Attached are a few links for more in depth information on those medications and pregnancy. Hope this answers your question. http://wb.md/2iBi9VQ http://bit.ly/2jawOIQ http://bit.ly/2iIZYhB ...Read more

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Why doctor prescribes metformin for pcos? does pcos cause diabetes?

Why doctor prescribes metformin for pcos? does pcos cause diabetes?

PCOS & DM related!: PCOS in most women is associated w insulin resistance, which through a complicated pathway actually contributes to condition. By the age of 40 about 35% of women with PCOS have DIABTETES or prediabetes & metformin lowers the risk. In PCOS it also seems help with weight loss. Lastly, it has been shown to help reg menses & help some women ovulate & poss get & maintain preg. PCOS is a Gyn & Endo dz! ...Read more

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How long does it take for Metformin 1000 mg to start working for weight loss due to PCOS? Also, will metformin help with depression and mood swings?

How long does it take for Metformin 1000 mg to start working for weight loss due to PCOS? Also, will metformin help with depression and mood swings?

Metformin: Metformin controls blood sugar not weight loss. Metformin will not help with depression and mood swings. Please see: 1: Diabetes educator -- your doctor will organize that for you. 2: Psychologist -- clearly needed for your depression and mood swings. Wish you well! ...Read more

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I don't have PCOS but i'v PCO how can i deal with it? Does it cause infertility? Does Metformin helps pco? All blood tests are fine.5-2 height BMI 22.

I don't have PCOS but i'v PCO how can i deal with it? Does it cause infertility? Does Metformin helps pco? All blood tests are fine.5-2 height BMI 22.

Oral contaceptives: The birth control pill will suppress your regular cycles, allow the cysts to resolve, and help prevent the hormone imbalances that would cause symptoms. There might be some fertility issues, but they are not insurmountable. Metformin is not necessary unless you are showing a tendency to diabetes or perhaps when you try to conceive. ...Read more

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What supplements should you take to help with PCOS symptoms (hirsutism)?

What supplements should you take to help with PCOS symptoms (hirsutism)?

Good question: I am a believer in Chinese Medicine and herbs. But I recommend sticking with conventional approaches/medications for this issue. ...Read more

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How does metformin treat diabetes?

How does metformin treat diabetes?

Metformin: This is a very good drug for diabetes. It decreases the amount of sugar the liver makes (thus lower blood sugar) and it makes the Insulin in your system more effective at the muscles (insulin lowers your blood sugar). Unless you have contraindications or severe side effects from the drug, you should be on this if you have type 2 diabetes. ...Read more

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Does parsley tea work for periods. Medicated w/metformin, aldactone (spironolactone) for pcos. I want to improve my monthly cycles. Will it work? How does it work?

No: Parsley tea does not have peer reviewed data supporting its effectiveness in regulating menstrual cycles. The best treatment for pcos is weight loss to obtain a bmi less than 25 and daily exercise greater than 30 minutes. ...Read more

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How long does metformin 1000mg take to induce ovulation.Ve pcos.M24..Ttc fr a year.Thank you.

How long does metformin 1000mg take to induce ovulation.Ve pcos.M24..Ttc fr a year.Thank you.

Need fertility doc: In women with pcos, they benefit from a combination of Clomid (clomiphene) and metformin. If you have been trying for a year, it is time to visit a fertility specialist for more specific advice about getting pregnant. ...Read more

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How long does it take for metformin to work to help with weight loss and reversing prediabetes?

Metformin works: Metformin works right away to do what it is meant to do, improve the utilization of sugar by your body. It can help with weight loss and reversing prediabetes but not without your help as well. Eat healthy (lots of vegetables especially!) and exercise lots. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get pregnate with metformin and Clomid (clomiphene) ?

How long does it take to get pregnate  with metformin and Clomid (clomiphene) ?

Not predictable: Metformin and clomid (clomiphene) are used to prepare you for pregnancy but there effects are not predictable .Both medication are used in cases of polycystic ovarian syndrome to stimulate ovulation. there are other factors involved besides ovulation to get pregnant the age ,weight and the sperm parameters can be an example of other factors ...Read more

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Can vitex (agnus cactus) improve pcos problems? How should I take?

Can vitex (agnus cactus) improve pcos problems? How should I take?

Not Likely: Vitex has been used for problems with menstrual function, but no good studies exist for its use in pcos and its many issues. This is a very difficult problem with some serious possible consequences such as infertility and even the risk of developing diabetes. Best to sit down and explore the best approach for you, which is unlikely to be just vitex, or any herbal medicine. ...Read more

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Can Clomid (clomiphene) and metformin help you to lose weight while treating pcos?

Can Clomid (clomiphene) and metformin help you to lose weight while treating pcos?

Probably not: The Clomid (clomiphene) will not affect your weight. Some women lose weight when taking metformin - not so much for pcos but when taking it for treatment of diabetes (which is common in women with pcos. ...Read more

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Does phentermine really help someone with pcos and insulin resistance people. Like me?

Does phentermine really help someone with pcos and insulin resistance people. Like me?

Phentermine/PCOS: Phentermine may help with weight loss and pcos patients may have some of their symptoms worsen and find it harder to lose weight. The weight loss may improve the Insulin resistance as well. However, Phentermine is not a treatment for pcos and should be used with physician supervision. You can't use this while trying to conceive. ...Read more

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What will help cure PCOS?

What will help cure PCOS?

Health & PCO: There is no true pharmaceutical or natural 'cure' for pcos, but maintaining healthy weight (or losing weight) can improve the endocrine profile and some quality-of-life issues. There's some evidence, but not exactly 'proof, ' that diets with low glycemic-index may also be helpful: this is a topic of ongoing research and is worth watching. ...Read more

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How can I know if female hormone treatment will help me?

How can I know if female hormone treatment will help me?

Depends: If your problems are related to a deficiency in your hormones, there is a very good chance that treatment with hormones will help. Your first step is to make an appointment with your doctor to go over what issues you are having and probably get an exam and some tests. Then if the problems seem to be related to a deficiency, start the treatment. There are no guarantees, but it usually works well! ...Read more

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Is tiredness a symptom of taking metformin? How long does it start work and help inferility ?

Is tiredness a symptom of taking metformin? How long does it start work and help inferility ?

Generally not: But it can be a symptom of pcos. Metformin, particularly at a full dose of 2000 mg/day can be effective at restoring normal menses and even fertility in weeks to months -- however, if you are taking birth control pills you'll never know it's working. ...Read more

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