PCOS/Insulin Resistance Support - Metformin success stories?

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03-26-2014, 10:10 AM
Hey all,
I've been prescribed Metformin by my endocrinologist this week, but I have been hesistant about taking it.. I've heard a lot of bad things about the side effects (constipation, nausea, etc), so I would love to hear a bit more from people who have actually had succes (weight loss wise) while on Metformin, with or without the side effects.

I've been trying to lose weight for as long as I can remember, but nothing seems to work :( Which is why I'm ready to try anything that could possibly help me lose weight, but still hearing about the side effects of metformin makes me a bit anxious..

Anyways, looking forward to your replies :)

PS: I've been diagnosed with PCOS, however I'm not insuline resistant. Another reason that makes me wonder whether Metformin will really be able to help me lose weight?

03-26-2014, 10:14 AM
My MIL takes it for diabetes, but in doing so she went from slightly over 200lbs to 153. She really doesn't suffer many side effects either. She does get the occasional "intestinal affliction" from it but it is really a minor inconvenience given everything else.

What were you concerned about specifically?

03-26-2014, 01:02 PM
I do not have PCOS but I do take Metformin for diabetes. When I first went on it I lost 25 lbs over a couple months, but the weight loss stopped after that.

I read online that Metformin has a lot of benefits for PCOS, so weight loss should not be your only concern with it. I did not have any side effects with it until my DR put me on the highest dose allowed. You should start out low, 500mg once or twice a day. If all goes well with that dose, it can be increased if your doctor feels it's necessary. Some people can get side effects even on a low dose. I suggest your try it out at 500mg per day and see what happens. If your body does not have a bad reaction, then increase it. You can always stop taking it. It's very inexpensive and well worth a try, IMO.

03-27-2014, 09:24 AM
My endocrinologist put me on metformin for my PCOS while bragging about how much easier it would make it for me to lose weight, but it destroyed my liver function before I could see any results. They had me check in with some blood tests after a month and I went from normal levels to 60-year-old-alcoholic levels. My father went on it (for pre-diabetes rather than PCOS) and lost about 20 lbs in 3 or 4 months, though.

I'd say that enough people have success with it that it's worth a shot, but if you don't feel right, make an appointment right away.

03-28-2014, 09:11 AM
I went on metformin for pre-diabetes, and the first several weeks were ROUGH... After that, the side effects normalized for the most part.

In the beginning, had terrible stomach issues and gas to fill a weather balloon at all times... Most of the stomach issues have resolved, but the gas remains, LOL.

It DID have a positive effect on my a1c, though...

Good Luck,


03-28-2014, 05:11 PM
Hi there,
I went on metformin after many and I mean many blood tests and finally my doctor found out I had pcos. I took metformin to regulate my period, since I was getting it every 6 months. I got my period right away and I also lost weight. I lost about 20 lbs! After a few weeks of taking it I get the surprise that I was expecting my first child! Now we have 2 boys and I thank metformin for it!

03-31-2014, 01:28 PM
I will be starting this as well after being diagnosed with PCOS. They have been trying for so long to figure out why I don't have periods (haven't had one in 18 years now, but they said my cycle was alive and well considering I've had 3 kids with no assistance.) I originally went in because it has been a ridiculous struggle to lose weight, no matter how much effort- this is with a nutritionist and a personal trainer for strength training.

I should be starting it within the next week or two so I will give updates as well for the weight loss benefits as well as the side effects.