Metformin and Me...
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Metformin is traditionally a medication used for diabetics but also can be used for polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). I nickname PCOS the "ugly syndrome syndrome" because several of the symptoms are subtantial weight gain, adult acne, scalp hair thinning, and hirsuitism. I've never had issues with the hair thinning or abnormally dark hair growth on my face or body, but I definitely have had weight gain issues and adult acne since my early 20s.
My endocrinologist prescribed birth control pills, YAZ, and 2000 mg of metformin daily for several years. But starting in January 2013 I stopped both medications because I wanted to see if I could treat my PCOS through diet and exercise since my symptoms were relatively mild. Even though I haven't been on point with either diet or exercise for the past year, neither have I been too off course. Yet the weight kept creeping up until I was as heavy as I was pre-YAZ and pre-metformin -- about 155-165 lbs. This was the weight I was during college. When I went on YAZ and metformin from 2006 to 2013, my weight stayed around 135-142 lbs. It's also noteworthy that I had my worst bout of adult acne in the summer of 2013.
So I've decided to ease back into taking metformin. I'm hoping the metformin will be sufficient enough to treat the weight gain problem. I really, REALLY don't want to go back on birth control pills, but will reluctantly do so if the metformin doesn't work after a period of time.
I'll say when not if... WHEN I get back down into the 130s I'll be that much more appreciative.