PCOS Woes...and My Solution
Ah. The horrible Metformin (Glucophage) side effects!
I have PCOS (diagnosed in 2004) and was placed on birth control and Metformin.
No other options were given to me at the time.
I was not upset at the thought of taking medicines, I just wanted the constant bleeding and pain to go away!!
Unfortunately, the BC did not help like it should and I had a D&C in 2006.
And the Metformin! I had loose stools, gas pains, nausea and vomiting for 3 years! Eventually I said no more Metformin!
I took brisk walks for 1 hour every day and began eating smaller portions of raw and unprocessed foods.
Lo and behold, ALL my symptoms cleared.
It can be done without paying an arm and leg to an endo or gyno doctor!
The catch? Remember , it's not a "diet". It's a life style change. Don't quit!
And a note about Metformin? If you have constant diarrhea, you are ingesting too many fats. I currently have 2 wonderful doctors and when I mentioned this ghastly side effect, they both said the same thing. Just a thought!
Editor's comments: Congratulations! You discovered that there is more to managing PCOS than taking pharmaceuticals.
Fortunately, polycystic ovary syndrome is one those health disorders that can be strongly influenced by lifestyle choices. There is plenty of medical research evidence to back this up. Also, many women have reported that improving their diet, getting more exercise, and in general living a healthier lifestyle has been the best long-term method for dealing with this very stubborn disorder.
There is no magic pill that cures PCOS. Not birth control pills. Not metformin. Not anything. There are no pharmaceutical shortcuts.
Every woman should ask herself this question: do I want to "manage" my disease, or do I want to really get healthy?
We think a better, healthier and more effective approach is to learn what foods to eat, what foods not to eat, getting a lot more exercise, reducing chronic stress, getting a good night's sleep, and other good health practices.
An excellent resource is this book.
To a healthy diet and exercise program, selected nutritional supplements can be added, which are available here.