PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a condition or hormonal imbalance that is generally found in younger women. PCOS can cause women to have irregular monthly periods (menstrual cycles), acne, over growth of hair on the body as well as the face and can cause unwanted weight gain. PCOS is caused due to an imbalance of the hormones in the ovaries and the brain. PCOS has been shown to be present in women who produce too much insulin and it will cause them to make too much of the male hormone, testosterone. PCOS puts women at a higher risk for developing such conditions as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol.
While there are different types of treatments for those who suffer with PCOS, Metformin has been proven to improve how the body uses insulin which in turn helps those with PCOS. When Metformin is used it is to reduce the amount of testosterone and insulin resistance in the body. When this is accomplished it helps with the excessive hair growth as well as acne and weight gain. This treatment can also help irregular periods become regular.
Generally there is little t no side effect shown in the treatment of young women. The most common side effect or complaints that you may have while taking this medication for PCOS are: upset stomach, feeling nauseated and possibly diarrhea. Doctors usually start women off on a low dose to avoid these symptoms and gradually build the dose up as the body builds up a tolerance to it. When starting a medication such as this, you will most likely have to have some blood work done to show that you have no liver or kidney problems. If you show that you do then this will not be a treatment option for you.
If your doctor has prescribed this medication for you them you want to be sure to take it before your main meal of the day. It is also recommended that you take a multi vitamin as your body will not digest certain ones through consumption of food while taking this medication.
If you suffer with PCOS and are unsure of which treatment is right for you, then check with your doctor to see if Metformin is right for you. Together you and your doctor can find the right treatment to best help you deal with the symptoms that you are experiencing. There are many treatment options available so be sure to go with what meets your needs. Be sure to let your doctor know right away if you suffer from any side effects associated with your treatment.