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Old 05-25-2010, 11:26 AM   #1
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Question Loestrin 24 FE and PCOS????

I was just recently diagnosed (first unofficially while I was getting a physical for a new job and then officially after I got insurance by two different doctors) with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The first one told me that she wanted to put me on metformin because I am young and want to have children in the near future. The other one decided not to put me on Metformin but instead put me on Loestrin 24 FE. All of the research I have done on PCOS mentions treating with Metformin but none mention treating with Loestrin 24 FE. Has anybody else been prescribed the Loestrin? And am I wrong in wondering how Loestrin is supposed to fix me when it only treats my symptoms not the disease? How does Loestrin fix the infertility part of my PCOS? I'm very confused about why this doctor decided the route that she did to treat me but she is a good doctor so I do not want to offend her by telling her that I doubt her way of treating me.

 
Old 06-11-2010, 09:11 AM   #2
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Re: Loestrin 24 FE and PCOS????

-Hey I came across your post about Loestrin 24 FE & PCOS and I thought I would share my situation with you because it's very similar! I'm young as well and was recently (two months ago) diagnosed with PCOS. My doctor had told me prior to making the diagnosis that he would possibly put me on Metformin to regulate the symptoms and to prevent infertility for later on in life. After the diagnosis was confirmed he decided to put me on a birth control--Loestrin 24 FE-- due to the fact that my PCOS symptoms are not as severe as most women with PCOS. Metformin is used not only for PCOS patients but also for diabetic patients thus the reason your doctor probably did not want to put you on it. The birth control is meant to help regulate your period. I don't know your situation but I don't have a period at all, I get it maybe twice a year and my weight is somewhat average (I'm not obese by any means at all but I did put on about 30 pounds in a 6 month period.) Two years ago I was put on Loestrin 24 FE for other reasons and I did NOT gain weight at all on it. The pill is great once it's regulated, which takes 3 months. Also, something my doctor suggested to me since he did not put me on Metformin was to follow the recommended diet for PCOS. Most all PCOS symptoms can be controlled by your diet. The diet in a nutshell is incredibly easy! It's basically a low glycemic index diet. Yes that sounds scary and hard and restrictive but it's truly not. I'm a foodie and I LOVE this plan! After only 3-4 weeks on this diet I lost 8 pounds and GOT MY PERIOD BACK. I sware this sounds crazy but try it. Just google "PCOS + weight loss" or "PCOS + meal plans." I hope this helps! But yes, trust your doctor on the birth control and PCOS thing they're 100% correct!

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I was just recently diagnosed (first unofficially while I was getting a physical for a new job and then officially after I got insurance by two different doctors) with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The first one told me that she wanted to put me on metformin because I am young and want to have children in the near future. The other one decided not to put me on Metformin but instead put me on Loestrin 24 FE. All of the research I have done on PCOS mentions treating with Metformin but none mention treating with Loestrin 24 FE. Has anybody else been prescribed the Loestrin? And am I wrong in wondering how Loestrin is supposed to fix me when it only treats my symptoms not the disease? How does Loestrin fix the infertility part of my PCOS? I'm very confused about why this doctor decided the route that she did to treat me but she is a good doctor so I do not want to offend her by telling her that I doubt her way of treating me.

 
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:04 PM   #3
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Re: Loestrin 24 FE and PCOS????

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I was just recently diagnosed (first unofficially while I was getting a physical for a new job and then officially after I got insurance by two different doctors) with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The first one told me that she wanted to put me on metformin because I am young and want to have children in the near future. The other one decided not to put me on Metformin but instead put me on Loestrin 24 FE. All of the research I have done on PCOS mentions treating with Metformin but none mention treating with Loestrin 24 FE. Has anybody else been prescribed the Loestrin? And am I wrong in wondering how Loestrin is supposed to fix me when it only treats my symptoms not the disease? How does Loestrin fix the infertility part of my PCOS? I'm very confused about why this doctor decided the route that she did to treat me but she is a good doctor so I do not want to offend her by telling her that I doubt her way of treating me.

Birth control does not fix the infertility problem it just balances your hormones which makes the symptoms go away. The truth is nothing can fix this type of infertility. PCOS is a life long disease, and infertility is unfortunately a complication. Some women can conceive with just metformin, others may need other drugs to help them, and if you're me you need a fertility specialist. Women with pcos have a tendency to develop insulin resistance, which is why dr's prescribe metformin. The idea behind it is that if you are insulin resistant then you have a higher level of insulin floating around in your blood stream, so you can think of it as a congested highway. When you're on a highway with heavy traffic everything moves slowly until the "road block" is cleared. It's the same concept with insulin resistance. Metformin clears the traffic by attaching to the insulin molecules allowing them assist the glucose through the cell walls allowing other hormones to then move more efficiently through the blood stream. This may only work for women with insulin resistance. If this does not work then your doctor with introduce clomid, which is a drug that stimulated the pituitary gland to produce more fsh (follicle stimulating hormone) and lh (luteinizing hormone), which stimulates the ovaries to then produce a mature ovum (egg). Anyway, you can look this all up if you want. I was diagnosed with PCOS 4 years ago. I am also a nurse and when i was diagnosed i was still in school, so i've taken a real interest in infertility due to my condition. Although it's hard to accept that i'm infertile my work helps me get through it, and I'm sure you will find something that helps you too! Hope this helped!!

 
Old 03-20-2011, 01:05 PM   #4
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Re: Loestrin 24 FE and PCOS????

The diet thing really works!!! My story is similiar to the original post, I was give Loestrin 24 FE because my OBGYN did not want to put me on Metformin, she said this should be the LAST option! She also introduced me to the low glycemic diet as well. She suggested a specific one called "Sugar Busters" which talks about PCOS in the book as well. Let me tell you, my PCOS symptoms are being treated with the Loestrin 24 FE and the diet has signifigantly lowered my problems that were occuring with the insulin resistance- plus I dropped 30lbs like that.






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-Hey I came across your post about Loestrin 24 FE & PCOS and I thought I would share my situation with you because it's very similar! I'm young as well and was recently (two months ago) diagnosed with PCOS. My doctor had told me prior to making the diagnosis that he would possibly put me on Metformin to regulate the symptoms and to prevent infertility for later on in life. After the diagnosis was confirmed he decided to put me on a birth control--Loestrin 24 FE-- due to the fact that my PCOS symptoms are not as severe as most women with PCOS. Metformin is used not only for PCOS patients but also for diabetic patients thus the reason your doctor probably did not want to put you on it. The birth control is meant to help regulate your period. I don't know your situation but I don't have a period at all, I get it maybe twice a year and my weight is somewhat average (I'm not obese by any means at all but I did put on about 30 pounds in a 6 month period.) Two years ago I was put on Loestrin 24 FE for other reasons and I did NOT gain weight at all on it. The pill is great once it's regulated, which takes 3 months. Also, something my doctor suggested to me since he did not put me on Metformin was to follow the recommended diet for PCOS. Most all PCOS symptoms can be controlled by your diet. The diet in a nutshell is incredibly easy! It's basically a low glycemic index diet. Yes that sounds scary and hard and restrictive but it's truly not. I'm a foodie and I LOVE this plan! After only 3-4 weeks on this diet I lost 8 pounds and GOT MY PERIOD BACK. I sware this sounds crazy but try it. Just google "PCOS + weight loss" or "PCOS + meal plans." I hope this helps! But yes, trust your doctor on the birth control and PCOS thing they're 100% correct!

 
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