Originally Posted by SMB1984
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!!