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HERBAL/VITAMINS FOR PCOS INSTEAD OF METFORMIN?

rycry
on 11/12/10 1:58 pm
VSG on 03/29/10 with
I havent taken metformin in probley 5 years because it made me seriously ILL! my weightloss has slowed way down and I havnet lost any weight in a month now. I have also been a slow loser because of my insulin resistance/pcos so I have been researching herbs and vitamins to regulate our insulin and pcos.
Has anyone tried this and what successes or failures have you had??

Thanks :)
Starting Weight 295 Height 5'6
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Catnip
on 11/12/10 2:27 pm - Ottawa, Canada
Only after  has WLS did I learn about inosital.  It will probably take as long to work as finastride or cyprotoron which is 3 to 6 months.

http://www.ovarian-cysts-pcos.com/myo-inositol.html

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Jessie K.
on 11/15/10 1:14 am
A vitamin/supplement called chromium acts like glucophage in that it helps insulin resistant cells become more sensitive for insulin. Google!! :P I can't remember everything right now but it's supposed to be quite helpful. For me at least, my PCOS is directly tied in with my insulin resistance.  :/  Good luck!
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on 11/22/10 8:12 pm - SC
Metformin is horrible stuff.  I HATED taking it.  The extended release is supposed to be easier on your stomach.  I stopped taking mine because I am no longer TTC and am waiting on RNY.  I have had friends use Maca Root with great success.  2 of them conceived within 6 months of starting it.  It also helps regulate your periods.  I actually used it to help regulate my period after having my daughter.  Vitamin D is supposed to help as well.  My OB told me when I was pregnant that a lot of women with PCOS are Vitamin D deficient.  You can also try Chromium.  B Vitamins are essential as well.  You may want to increase B12 and B6 beyond just a multi-vitamin since you have PCOS.    Non-herbal methods would be stuff like Mucinex or Robutussin to thin your cervical mucuous.  That is supposed to be very helpful for women with PCOS.  
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/64557/treating_pcos_with_vitamins_and_herbs_pg2.html?cat=5  This article says Magnesium is generally low in people with diabetes.  Maybe take a Magnesium supplement to see if that helps with your insulin resistance. 
http://www.natural-hormone-health.com/natural-treatments-for-PCOS.html

Hope those help!
Paula M.
on 12/3/10 8:12 pm - Leesburg, FL
I have been on it for 3 weeks now. At first I had issues but its much better now. I think because she started me on once a day for a week and then 2 the following week and now 3 times a day. Did you try taking it for awhile? I too went off of it once, but I have noticed a huge difference in my hypoglycemia.
Scorpiodbk
on 3/28/11 12:58 am - DC

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Tina H.
on 4/9/11 7:44 pm - danville, KY
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How expensive is acupuncture?
Jody08
on 1/31/11 4:58 pm - essex, Canada
 I actually got lactic acidosis from a combo of metformin and my bp meds..fun times

my fertility guy tried a bunch of stuff and i had horrible reactions or no reaction at all, so he kinda gave up and just monitored my cycles

so i went a Naturopath and a chinese doc and between the two with herbs and acupuncture, I began to ovulate and got pregnant.. I suffered 3 losses but also got my two kids:-)

for me, acupuncture has 'cured' just about every ailment- i swear by it!!!
started this process back in 2007/2008 denied MGB, denied for Barix, put on hold (BMI was too high for pilot phase)at St.joe's and since moved to Windsor and had to start again, December, 2009 referral sent from GP...April 5 and 8, 2010 1st appt at Windsor clinic with nurse and doc
April 16, 2010 sleep clinic, April 27 echo
May 3,2010 Orientation at Met hospital--,
SURGERY booked Oct.20.2010