PCOS and Duphason

by Casey

Hi I am Casey, 28y/o. I've been diagnosed having a PCOS too.

At first I felt nervous even if my doctor told me it's nothing to worry, that I can have a baby. And reading all your stories gave me hope.

I read that your doctors prescribed you metformin? Is there anyone here taking duphaston? Because my doctor prescribed me with that medication. I am hoping to conceive a baby soon. And I need to have a strict diet plan. Let's pray for one another. God is hope.

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Duphaston vs. Metformin
by: PCOS Editor

Duphaston is a synthetic progesterone. Synthetic progesterone drugs can have side effects whereas natural (bio-identical) progesterone does not. Some doctors are willing to prescribe natural progesterone, which is available from compounding pharmacies. You can read about progesterone here.

One reason for taking progesterone is that many women with polycystic ovary syndrome have a progesterone deficiency. By compensating for this deficiency, symptoms can diminish.

However, synthetic progesterone does not quite get at the heart of those symptoms that are caused by a condition called "insulin resistance". In fact, some practitioners think that insulin resistance is the primary cause of PCOS. Metformin is a pharmaceutical designed to treat insulin resistance. It has a good track record for reducing this problem. But metformin also has side effects, especially GI problems and an eventual vitamin B12 deficiency. Natural alternatives to metformin are berberine extract and NAC. These are nutritional supplements available in our store.

If you're looking for a strict diet plan, check out this e-book. Besides a diet plan, it also has an extensive chapter on exercise, which is the other vital component to controlling this disease.

And let's not forget stress management. Avoiding or reducing your stress levels helps to reduce production of a stress hormone called cortisol. Too much cortisol can lead to belly fat, and can worsen insulin resistance.

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