Did you know that the diabetes medication, Metformin, can increase a woman's chance at becoming pregnant?
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For the woman with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) metformin can help to reduce the amount of insulin in the body. Once the insulin levels are under control, many women will then experience improved ovulation.
If metformin is going to work for a woman who has experienced fertility problems because of her polycystic ovarian syndrome, it will typically help within three to six months. Unlike most fertility treatments, metformin does not cause a risk of having a multiple or twin pregnancy. If metformin alone does not help a woman with PCOS who is trying to conceive, a fertility doctor may prescribe Clomid, as well.
If metformin is prescribed for a woman with PCOS to help restore a regular, normal menstrual cycle, metformin can work within 4 to 8 weeks. In addition, the stabilized levels of insulin may affect the other hormones in a woman’s body, and reduce other symptoms of PCOS.
Some women are placed on metformin by their doctor to treat polycystic ovary disease. If they become pregnant during this time, some doctors recommend that women stay on it throughout their pregnancy. Women who have polycystic ovary syndrome are at higher risk for miscarriage, and metformin helps to reduce this risk according to one study.
Although it is not approved for this use, metformin is commonly used for treating infertility related to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). In this case, sometimes the medicine is continued during pregnancy. Be sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions for using this product during pregnancy.
Metformin alone in patients with PCOS results in a substantial number of pregnancies, with 69% (20/29) of those who ovulated conceiving in less than 6 months.
Metformin Increases Ovulation in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Better than Clomiphene Citrate
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