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alternative to Metformin?

post #1 of 7
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SO and I are currently TTC #2. I am wondering about an alternative to taking Metformin.

A little back ground: I was a fairly healthy person when I got pregnant with DS. (doctor tells me after I am pregnant that you need to use back up birth control when on a antibiotic) I have kept on all the weight from my pregnancy (46 #) plus gained a little. I was diagnosed with PCOS @ my yearly after DS. Doctors said to take Metformin to help me get pregnant.

I have irregular cycles. Sometimes they are 30 days sometimes its 54 days. Doctor said that Metformin will make me ovulate. I'm just not sold on this yet. SO and I just started trying to get pregnant, and I have not taking the metformin. I want to know about other things to do to help.

Also can someone tell me about charting?

post #2 of 7
My sister (who has PCOS) got pregnant the first time after going on Sugar Busters - a diet that radically cuts sugar, "carbage," etc. in your diet. I imagine a paleo type diet would be similar... I think she lost about 17 lbs in 3 wks, and felt really good while on it... The second time they went straight to Metformin and got pregnant quite quickly as well.

post #3 of 7
We're in the same boat! We're ttc #2, I now have been diagnosed with PCOS, (I weigh less than when I got PG with DS but then again I was 23!) Anyway, I think that the weight loss is the primary thing. I started Weight Watchers a little over a month ago, I'm down 13 pounds already. I read up on the Metformin (I'd rather try the natural stuff first too) but the side effects look pretty mild either way. Also you might try taking a look at the soulcysters website, they have LOTS of PCOS info. Anyway- good luck, and lots of to you
post #4 of 7
I was diagnosed with PCOS while TTC #1 and put on metformin for 8 months.... it helped regulate my cycle a bit, but didn't get pregnant. I took myself off of it and about a year later decided to do a low simple sugar diet (based on two books, Fertility Foods, Jeremy Groll and Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition, Marilyn Shannon). It still took many months (maybe 5-6) to get pregnant, but I feel that the diet and exercise changes made a much bigger difference than the Metformin.... also, I am a normal sized woman and they increased the dose all the way to someone 2 times my size and it still was not effective.

I would research diet and exercise options before taking the medication.

Good luck!
post #5 of 7
Sorry, info about charting:

Fertilityfriend.com has a free service to chart your waking temp. You need to get a good Basel Body Temperature thermometer and take your temp at the same time every day upon waking. If you are breastfeeding, this can alter your chart a little bit, but come and join us in the Nursing Mothers TTC thread!
post #6 of 7
Hi Creekprincess,

The most important thing to do when diagnosed with PCOS is to eat a diet specific to PCOS. Eating a specific PCOS Fertility Diet is one of the best things you can do to improve your chances of becoming pregnant.

A big part of the problem with PCOS is the high insulin resistance. Resistance to insulin increases the bodies insulin levels which effects normal ovulation by preventing the body from ovulating or limiting the maturation process of the released egg.

This directly has an affect on your fertility and ability to conceive.

Women who are insulin resistant are also 4-5 times more likely to have a miscarriage. Imbalanced insulin levels due to PCOS make it difficult for the embryo to attach properly to the uterus.

There are natural methods you could try before going for the Metformin, but eating a PCOS diet will be extremely helpful on meds or not. There are herbs that can help you to ovulate regularly such as Vitex. Many women have success with this herb.

If you would like to learn natural methods for increasing your chances of conceiving naturally after being diagnosed with PCOS this link is a great resource: http://natural-fertility-info.com/pcos-fertility-diet

It seems like your doctor was quick to prescribe Metformin and diagnose PCOS, have you considered a second opinion or working with a Naturopathic Doctor/Midwife? I would research for some in your area, that way you are getting great consistent care!

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thank you ladies you have given my alot to research.

Doctor did do a blood test that showed slightly elevated testosterone. My sugar level was 76. She didnt say anything more just to take the metformin.

I do need to look for alternative care. As she wont attend a VBAC. I think I will post in my tribe area looking for a good midwife or obgyn. And she what they say about it.

Thanks again
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