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    Default Has anybody had success using Metformin?

    Hi, just wondering if anybody has success stories from taking Metformin? We are trying for baby #2 and have been for almost a year. I have PCOS. We went to a fertility specialist who advised me to lose weight and come back in 6 weeks and she'll prescribe me with Metformin. I have read a lot about how it makes people so sick. I think I would rather go on Clomid but I'm just not sure if asking her about this is the right thing to do and if the process is that everybody goes on Metformin first and then Clomid???

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    I was on metformin whilst trying to conceive DS2 via IVF (clomid didn't work for us). I do not have PCOS just PCO (so not the syndrome but was and am insulin resistant).

    The first time I took metformin (I was on 3 X 2000mg) I was seriously ill. However on my FS advice I stepped back and started on 1/2 tab once a day and built up to the 3 tabs over a couple of weeks and had no more issues. I did find while taking it I had to be really careful with how much sweet and high GI foods I ate. Otherwise I would get sick again.

    Metformin was just one of many meds I took.

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    Hi @TTC1987,

    I'm currently on metformin as well after an insulin resistance diagnosis (I believe I have it under control with diet now but am to take it until I get to 13 weeks pregnant. We are ttc #2 after recurrent miscarriages. I'm only on 2 x 500mg a day so not a huge dose but I do remember in the first month or so I did feel a bit gross. Nothing ridiculous, I just had a loss of appetite. Now I don't notice any side affects so I wouldn't worry about it. Your body will get used to it even if you do feel crap initially.
    I am yet to discover if it will work for us however as I'm not pregnant yet and when I do fall, I don't know if it will help to prevent miscarrying again.

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    Hi @TTC1987,

    I'm currently on metformin as well after an insulin resistance diagnosis (I believe I have it under control with diet now but am to take it until I get to 13 weeks pregnant. We are ttc #2 after recurrent miscarriages. I'm only on 2 x 500mg a day so not a huge dose but I do remember in the first month or so I did feel a bit gross. Nothing ridiculous, I just had a loss of appetite. Now I don't notice any side affects so I wouldn't worry about it. Your body will get used to it even if you do feel crap initially.
    I am yet to discover if it will work for us however as I'm not pregnant yet and when I do fall, I don't know if it will help to prevent miscarrying again.

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    Hi, thank you so much! Makes me feel better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTC1987 View Post
    Hi, just wondering if anybody has success stories from taking Metformin? We are trying for baby #2 and have been for almost a year. I have PCOS. We went to a fertility specialist who advised me to lose weight and come back in 6 weeks and she'll prescribe me with Metformin. I have read a lot about how it makes people so sick. I think I would rather go on Clomid but I'm just not sure if asking her about this is the right thing to do and if the process is that everybody goes on Metformin first and then Clomid???

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    hi @TTC1987

    i have PCOS (diagnosed at 17 - 13 years ago) and have been on and off metformin for a number of years
    i have always found that starting at a low dose and increasing the dose each week helps get over those side effects
    i also asked to take the night time ones (think they are called extended release) this means I sleep through most of the side effects
    i started taking metformin again in February after 6 months ttc which has seen me lose about 8 kgs so far but alas still no bfp so we arein our 2nd clomid cycle and fingers are crossed for bfp in 2 weeks.
    hope this helps

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    Yes I have pcos and I fell pregnant first go twice (miscarriage then DD1) and second try with my DD2

    All on metformin

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    Oh and I take extended release and rarely have side effects. I also stayed on it until mid second trimester

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    I was on Metformin when I was pregnant with DD3 (she is now 5 months). I had Insulin dependent gestational diabetes. She was concieved when I was 103kg and I got down to about 96-97 roughly by her birth.

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    I am currently taking Metformin due to a glucose tolerance test last year. I have been taking it for over a month (850mg morning and evening) but I still have severe side effects. I have zero appetitive (I force myself to eat twice a day so I can take the meds), have severe nausea all the time and constipation. I had really bad diarrhoea with stomach cramps the first few weeks of starting Metformin but now it has transformed into diarrhoea. I have had no advice or help from my FS on this who prescribed the medication so I'm just taking one day at a time. I don't think my body will ever get used to this awful medication. I take it half way between my meal which helps (slightly) with the nausea. All the best!


 

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