I am not a medical professional. Below are my opinions and experiences with Metformin. Please consult your doctor before stopping any medications.
For those who are knew to the infertility world, Metformin is a prescription drug that is commonly used by people who have diabetes, but it is also prescribed to women who have PCOS. It is used to help women with PCOS regulate their body’s glucose, thus allowing them to lose weight and ovulate. This can be really great for women who have insulin resistant PCOS.
For some women, it works. Not for me.
Metformin: A Shakespearean Love Story
I started Metformin during my second round of Clomid. My doctor suggested that I start with 1 pill a day (500 mg) and work up to 3 pills a day (1500 mg). So I did just that.
I had started my 2nd round of Clomid and was having HORRIBLE side effects, but I chucked it up to taking a higher dosage of Clomid since all my research said that the side effects could become intense.
After taking Clomid for 6 months, I decided to change doctors, but I continued to take the Metformin during this transition. That’s when I noticed that I was still feeling horrible. Being the person I am, I tested it. I went off of my Metformin for a month and the difference with how I felt was astonishing. I wasn’t constantly sick (I had strep 3 times within 9 months) and I was no longer nauseous or running to the bathroom. So I quit taking it.
When we went to the fertility specialist, he suggested that I start back on it, and I tried. If the doctors say that it will help me get pregnant, then I’m all for it. But it wasn’t even having the desired effect and I wasn’t loosing weight, so what was the point.
That’s when I quit taking it all together. These 5 side effects are what caused me to quit taking Metformin.
I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll mention it again. It’s a gross reality to most who take this medicine that you WILL be running to the bathroom. I wish that I was over exaggerating this, but I’m not. At one point I thought that I was dehydrated and upped my fluid intake, which, in turn, made me go to the bathroom more. Such a vicious cycle.
2. Weakening of the Immune System
I didn’t realize this was a side effect till later on. I was taking a prenatal vitamin among other supplements and eating green leafy foods, but I was still getting sick. My sinus infections were the worst that they had ever been, I had strep 3 times, and in between those two, I was constantly coming down with something else. As understanding as my boss is, even I was starting to get annoyed with how often I was needing to call out.
3. Zero Weight Loss
From what my doctors told me, the main reason I was put on Metformin was to “encourage” my body to lose weight, thus lowering my estrogen levels.. I changed my diet and, still, nothing.
4. Didn’t Help the Fertility Drugs
Again, the main reason I was prescribes Metformin was to help with the weight loss. Since my body was not responsive to the medicine, no weight loss occurred. I was still producing too much estrogen; therefore, the fertility medicine wasn’t working.
5. Nausea and Sluggishness
I felt sick ALL the time. The nausea would hit me at different times of the day: after I ate, between meals, walking through Walmart. It was there. Add the lethargic feeling I had all the time and I literally wanted to do nothing. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.
My decision to quit taking Metformin was not an easy one, but at the end of the day I decided that I would rather feel human then deal with all the side effects. I know that the medicine works for many people, my dad included, but I just couldn’t justify it.
Have you taken Metformin? How did it effect you? I would love to hear from you.