Metformin Helped Me Lose Weight
After having my baby in Dec 2001, I went on depo, took it for one year and went off. I wasn't trying to conceive, but not taking any thing to prevent pregnancy, but after four years of not getting pregnant I went to the doctors.
I had told them I don't get my periods but every six months, I have put on 50 pounds and I don't have a clue why. They did tests, they too didn't have a clue, it wasn't until I was referred to a Fertility specialist in 2005. It was great, this Doctor had a plan, I did all the tests and I came back with PCOS, which I had did some research before about it.
He put me on metformin. So I went back often to make sure everything was fine.
In that year I lost 40 pounds and was feeling better than ever. I finally was getting my periods and I begin to ovulate, and got Pregnant with my second baby in April 2006, and was born in Dec 2007.
Finally this had came to a end wanting to become pregnant and to just know what was wrong with me.
After giving birth to my Second child I lost all the weight from being pregnant and then because I was breastfeeding I stayed off of the metformin, and started to but back on the weight.
So I know now that there is no why for me to be off the metformin, so I stopped breastfeeding at 8 months, and now back on to losing the weight again.
Never give up, do your research, Doctors are not always right, best of luck to everyone trying to conceive. I never thought I would be able to have another baby...
Editor's Notes: It's wise to understand both the benefits and risks of metformin for PCOS. For example, chronic use of metformin can result in vitamin B12 insufficiency.
Secondly, metformin is used to improve "insulin sensitivity", i.e., improve the efficiency of insulin action. However, there are many other ways to accomplish the same thing. Healthier diet and increased exercise are two examples, as we describe in our book.
Finally, there are nutritional supplements that help with insulin function. D-pinitol is one example.