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    Hey Guys,

    Just cos the doctor neglected to tell me anything about it, I was wondering like what are the effects of metformin on your cycle when you start taking it later in your cycle.

    I started taking it 7 days ago on cycle day 25, does it make it so the cycle starts over again, or should it continue as normal with af due in 2 days ? Should I be worried that I'll ovulate at a different time and I should be dtd regularly just in case ?

    If I get pregnant should I continue to take it, and for how long ?

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    Metformin shouldn't affect your cycle that drastically. It's not a hormone based medication - it works on your sugar metabolism. It's main use is for type 2 diabetes & over the years has been found to be beneficial for women with certain issues when TTC.
    I would expect (assuming you have PCOS?) that over a few months it should help regulate your cycle & to ovulate regularly.
    So no, it doesn't make your cycle start over again, you should expect AF at the usual time & just continue to take the metformin every day.
    Maybe invest in some OPK's to use for your next couple of cycles.
    Good luck!

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    Ahhh, thanks for clearing that up, I got prescribed it because I'm not ovulating and my doctor tried to put me back on the pill, which I refused, so I got prescribed this instead. Not really sure if that's right, going to get a 2nd opinion and a new doctor anyway.

    How does it work to regulate cycle then ? I'm still a little confused ?

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    It's complicated. Nobody really knows, but it has something to do with the way metformin changes the way your body uses glucose & insulin as many women with PCOS who don't ovulate also have metabolic issues.
    Most fertility Drs would start metformin for about 3 months, see if there's been any improvement to ovulation (by blood test - maybe a tracking cycle), then look to starting some sort of ovulation induction like clomid. Depends on your age & how fast you want things to move.
    My advice would be if you know there's a problem to get a referral to a fertility doctor ASAP, we mucked around with GP's who were clueless for way too long. Could have saved a lot of time/money going straight to the experts.

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    Hi

    Im not sure if it helps but i conceived my first on metformin

    I concieved nsturally on our 2nd or 3rd month ttc, but miscarried.
    I was seeing a gp with obstetric qualifications.
    He done a full blood workup and discovered i had "impaired glucose function", which basically means my body is slow at producing insulin. I had the 2hr glucose test. My first (fasting) result was normal, my 1hr result was a bit high, but my 2hr result was normal.
    He concluded that with me being overweight and having that, i *might* have PCOS, and he put me on metformin to help me lose weight (glucose levels would be more stable) but to also help me ovulate as he felt i wasn't. ..or wasn't regularly (purely based on my size 😦)

    It could be a coincidence??? But i had 1 period, then the next cycle i had quite clear signs of ovulation that id never had before (lots of ewcm and ovulation pains). Took that as a sign, we dtd and i fell pregnant that cycle.

    The only thing is: i couldn't get back in to see him when i fell pregnant so i just went to my regular gp.

    He freaked out because i was taking the metformin, he looked at my test results and was confused. He called the diabetic educator at the hospital and they discussed my results and both were unsure why id been prescribed it, so i was told to stop immediately....

    My second was concieved naturally but took 20ish months.

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    Thanks, that's a huge help. I'm going to see a new GP on Saturday so am going to ask about the fertility specialist.

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    I found with met that it essentially balanced my hormones. After 6 months on met not only was i back to a kinda regular cycle, without any in between spotting etc, but my emotions had balance out massively. No more wild mood swings, which was nice for OH! This year though i've been in hospital a few times (gall bladder) and so many times i had to explain why i was on the met because i don't have diabetes. One nurse in the ER even asked if i was on the right medication :| it's not a very common treatment, but its very effective.


 

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