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Registered: 11-16-2012
Hi New here
Fri, 11-16-2012 - 9:39pm

Hi everyone, my name is Lindsay. I am 28 and have been diagnosed with PCOS about 5 years ago. I had started seeing RE about 5 years ago, but due to family issues, insurance changes, stress I haven't been doing anything recently. But my husband and I are ready to start this journey once again. I have had the whole fertility work-up a while back, but I am sure that the docs are going to want to redo all of those. Previously I had tried clomid, but was not able to ovulate on it. At the time the doctor I was seeing, had mentioned wanting to try metformin, but my husbands lovely work, switched insurance again, and we no longer had any fertility coverage. So we stopped pursing the issue at the time. But now, as we are getting closer to turning 30, we are determined to have our baby in the next 2 years... :) Again, it was a renewal time for insurance at my husbands work, and of course they switched, and we once again have no coverage for any fertility.

    In the last few months, I have been reading alot of stories of metformin helping women with PCOS not only lose weight, but also help with achieving pregnancy. I would really like to try this, as I am currently not on any meds at all. I have a few questions, has any one had their primary care physician write them a script for their pcos or only OBs or REs? I have an appointment with my family doctor, on Monday, and I wanted to talk to him to see if he can prescribe me metformin, or if it has to be done by a gyno.

Also, I am very interested to see what everyones experiences were with metformin, did you lose weight and if so how much? Were you able to conceive? How long did it take? What dose were you on to conceive?


Sorry to write such a lengthy post for my first one.  But I appreciate you taking the time to read and respond. Thanks, Lindsay

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Registered: 03-13-2001
Sat, 11-17-2012 - 10:51pm

Welcome to the board!  Don't worry about long posts, they are very welcome here!

Sorry to hear about the insurance!  The good news is you should be able to get all the tests and the Met. for your  primary.  It is considered treatment for the PCOS with the happy side effect of upping your change for pg.  The hard part can be finding a doc that actually knows a lot about PCOS.  Definately talk to your doc!  Maybe give your old RE a call and see if they have a referal.  

  Yes, Met. can help you to get pg because it treats the core issue of PCOS which is insulin resistance.  Eating right is a very important part of this as well.  I know many women who got pg with no other treatments. 

I had great success with Met.  When I was ttc (trying to conceive) it was what finally got my pg.  I tried for 5 years total.  Probably about 12 cycles of clomid.  I didn't have insurance so we would do a cycle and they pay it off so we could do another one.  I did actually ovulate on Clomid, but never got pg.  I think it was because of poor egg quality, common for us.  About 8 months before I got pg I approached my RE about the new idea of Met treating the PCOS.  I was lucky, he was actually doing his own research.  He wrote me a script.  It took me a couple of months to finally take it, I don't like taking anything and it kind of freaked me out!  LOL  Once I did and got to full dose I was pg in less than 5 months! 

A couple of things you should know, there are possible side effects.  These can last until your body adjusts.  Diaherra and stomach issues are the most common.  There are several thing you can do to help them though.  I have a list, when you are ready.  Also, it is very important that you eat right.  Not eating right kind of works against what the med is doing.  Low carb-paleo is the way to go.  We are each different though, so you need to find your way of eating.  I can help with that too!  :)

Hang in there.  You are on the right path.  So many women with PCOS are able to get pg now.  It is not like it was when I was trying!  Keep me updated.  Let me know how your doc appt goes!  Laura

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