After Metformin, Looking for the Right Diet for PCOS

by Carla

I was diagnosed with PCOS & insulin resistance in Dec. 2002. I started taking Metformin 1000 mg twice a day. Before the diagnosis I started having slightly irregular periods, weight gain of 40 lbs!

Also 3 miscarriages, acne, hair loss, & facial & chest hair. Metformin helped with all of these symptoms, & in Aug of 04 I naturally conceived identical twin girls! I also weighed less at the end of my pregnancy than I did at the time of my diagnosis of PCOS. I also changed my diet.

Then came the downfall. In March 05, about 1 yr after my twins were born, I started having a lot of side effects from metformin. I had all of my symptoms from PCOS gone, but had chronic diarrhea, a lot of hypoglycemic(low blood sugar) episodes, & many other unpleasant side effects.

I decided to go off the metformin, & control this with diet & exercise. Unfortunately, it has now been 8 months of being off of metformin, & all of my symptoms have re-appeared.

I have changed my diet drastically, but am searching for more info. I am very thankful for this site.

I had already adopted a vegetarian diet before seeking out this site, but I feel that it is not enough, & that I am needing something more specific. I also have never stopped exercising, but my 3 days a wk, for 1 hr. don't seem to be enough without the metformin.(Has anyone else experienced this?) So I am looking to see how much more do I need to do.

I am feeling very hopeful that what I am currently doing is helping some, because my periods have remained normal!!! Yes, one success will lead to another!!

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