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    Question Can I (should I) take Metformin if I am NOT insulin resistant?

    Hello!

    I am NOT insulin resistant...but I do have PCOS.

    Can I still take Metformin to treat my PCOS symptoms (obesity, excessive hair, irregular periods, etc.)...or is it just for women with insulin resistance?

    What benefit does taking Metformin have for non-insulin resistant women? Does it help with weight loss, getting rid of excess facial hair, etc.?

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    Default I think that you can

    Some studies have shown that women with PCOS, whether IR or not, benifit from Met/gluc.

    Also many women get a simple insulin test that would not show if they are IR or not. It is only when ppl get the 12 hour fasting test (I forgot the name) that pple usually get the accurate results. They have to test your insulin and glucose levels.
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    Default Non-Insulin Resistant - Metformin

    I am not insulin resistant. My mother and grandmother were/are both Diabetic type II. They probably also had PCOS, not diagnosed.
    I began taking Metformin for PCOS this past March. My testosterone and DHEA levels have dropped to within normal range. I began having regular menstrual periods. I have lost 25 pounds. I feel great! I am not sure about the hair loss/growth, because I also take Spironolactone. I started that two months after the Met. I am seeing less unwanted growth, new head hair growth, and less hair loss.
    I exercise everyday. I have been doing this for the past 19 months, I swim and recently joined Curves. I feel like my body is finally working right.
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    A study on non-IR ladies & Met showed good results. Their testosterone levels and other hormones improved significantly.

    http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/21642a.htm

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    Thank you for replying ladies (and to anyone else who will be replying in the future)!
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    I don't technically test IR either but have the diabetes in the family later in life. I am not taking met but avandia since my doctor would only agree to this to try. I do believe IR is very difficult to diagnose and eventually can lead to diabetes . There are many pcos'ers who don't show IR on blood tests and benefit from met and other insulin sensitising drugs. You may want to also look at obgyn net pcos pavilion medication forum for information. I found it very helpful when researching avandia.

    Rita So. CA, did adding the spiro. to the met mess up your periods at all once they started? 100 MG has worked great for me in the past and I would like to add it eventually but heard it can mess with your cycle and that's what I'm trying to recover!
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    Default Spironolactone / Periods

    Hi Chrissy,
    The Spiro did change my periods. I have them about 30 to 45 days apart. My periods are now coming closer and closer together. I believe that they will become normal soon. Before Metformin I had about two periods a year. Let me know if you have any more questions.
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