Originally Posted by Sweety2002
That is correct. A lot of women that have PCOS have what is insulin resistance. The Metformin helps with this. It won't hurt you since you don't have diabetes.
I am in the same boat as you. I don't have diabetes and my sugar levels have always been fine on blood tests. I'm on Metformin as well. I was worried that since my levels were always fine that the Metformin would lower them and I would faint or something due to hypoglycemia. That never did happen and I've been on Metformin for 2 1/2 years now.
I think that since women with PCOS have a higher chance to develop diabetes, the Metformin also helps to prevent that.
Thanks for the reassurance, Sweety2002! I always thought PCOS was a result of diabetes (this was before I really started reading about it). Women gaining too much weight, diabetes occurs, hormone levels get thrown off... PCOS. It was startling for me, always having been underweight with no blood sugar issues, no family history of diabetes. My grandma is diabetic, but didn't get it until her 70's.
My theory is that, when I was 18, I began a stressful retail job - it was in the household chemicals/paper goods section at Wal-mart. Though it was obviously not open chemicals I was dealing with, there was still that detergent smell throughout that area. Cleaning chemicals are full of xenoestrogens, and I worry that that combined with me losing a lot of weight during the job is what caused a hormone imbalance that led to PCOS. I was underweight to begin with, then got very underweight to the point of having to quit the job so I could rest and get my appetite back. That is around the time my periods started skipping. I actually had very heavy periods at age 12-14, but didn't think much of it cause my mom always complained of her's being heavy. But I don't think it was normal when the average blood loss for a period is a pint. I lost a pint a day easily (sorry for the TMI). They started thinning out, then I would skip once in a while. The skipping got more frequent in my 20's, though I only skipped one or two at a time. This year (age 28) I began missing two at a time quite frequently, and I'd get strange symptoms on months I'd skip - weight gain in tummy, acne, pelvic pain - which pointed me to PCOS.
I think it's possible my hormones were off-kilter for along time, but it just wasn't realized. My doctor put me on the pill a couple of times when I complained of the skipping, which probably threw things off more because I never stayed on the pill for long (I just don't like bc). I guess I'm confused about how diabetes weighs in... if PCOS is not
a result of diabetes, like it isn't in my case, is it the hormonal imbalance I experience putting me at an increased risk? I asked my doctor if a PCOS diagnosis is really that important (I haven't been formally diagnosed since I can't get the testing done as I've been on birth control which throws off accuracy of results) - is it important to know because of diabetes risk? He said no, but he did say before that the metformin would help my ovaries and pancreas
work better, so there must be some component there. Metformin also lowers male hormone levels, which is why I thought it was suggested to me, as with PCOS, I probably have an excess. **That is what I want to get clear: what will metformin do to help me ovulate regularly, and if it doesn't work, then does that mean I don't have PCOS, and there is some other issue?** I also was afraid that metformin could possibly make things worse since I'm not diabetic, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
My doctor seems convinced that I have it (PCOS), and I'm pretty sure that I do, but my ultrasound was inconclusive, and I just don't really have any symptoms of PCOS aside from skipping periods. It is true that the several follicles seen on my US were probably cysts, but I don't seem to be a textbook PCOS case, so do you think metformin will work on me?
Sorry for this long speal: I've been having a lot of thoughts lately, things I should've brought up in my appt.