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1/20/11 11:41 P

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Meh, unfortunately spironolactone stopped working for my hirsutism.

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1/19/11 12:37 P

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Metformin works well for sugars but spironalactone is great for hair growth and acne. Spiro works so great with my hair growth. I've been on it for 15+ years beside when trying to have a child.
When I'm not on it my whole body and face (worst part) gets darker hair and a lot more of it. Plus my back and face break out. Plus my elbows and near my neck get darker. I think it works wonders.

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1/17/11 10:22 P

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I was on spironolactone for 3 years.

while on it my testosterone levels increased but plateaued, and my hair growth diminished.
i now have 'normal' hair growth after previously looking like i was half gorilla.

21 from Dunedin, New Zealand.
PCOS with insulin resistance taking 500mg Metformin (Glucophage) twice a day.

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10/29/10 11:13 A

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Thank you all for your posts. I've been on the Metformin since the beginning of October, and so far this month I've lost 9 lbs. That's pretty amazing for me because that's more than I've lost in a LONG time. So far, no results from the Spironolactone, but I did read that it takes 3-6 months to take effect. I want to say that the hair on my chin has gotten thinner, but I'm afraid that's just wishful thinking. :) Anyway, this disease has changed my life in a lot of different ways, and I'm hoping that this medication paired with my gym membership, my new diet (I've been vegetarian for 7 months) and my new engagement ring will help jump-start my motivation. :)

It's even harder because my boyfriend and I just moved to a new city and I haven't made any friends yet. I'd really like to work out with a friend because it's much more enjoyable. Hopefully that will come with time. If any of you live in the Cincinnati/Northern KY region, send me a message! :)

Thank you all again. I hope all of you have good luck with your weight loss journeys too.

10/29/10 11:03 A

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I was prescribed with Metmorfin and birth control pills to manage my PCOS about a year ago, I used to have a bit of acne and now I don't have any, I don't have facial hair but I still have some on my lower back, my periods are regular but Metmorfin haven't helped me with the weight loss, it's getting harder and harder as I grow older to lose weight so my gynecologist told me to stop the birth control pill and I started to lose weight (4 pounds in a month that's A LOT for me), I am taking 850mg, my girlfriend has PCOS too and she was prescribed 1500mg and she has hypoglycemic episodes if she doesn't eat regularly and she hasn't dropped a pound either so I guess is different for every person.

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10/19/10 11:20 A

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Hi, I'm Christina and I am new as well. I was diagnosed with PCOS about 13 years ago. After 3 doctors who couldn't help me I went to an endocronologist who put me on metformin. It really helped me lose weight. I lost 60-70 then. I kept the weight off for 6 years when I got pregnant with my first child. I put on 70 lbs with that pregnancy and only lost 15 of those lbs before becoming pregnant with my second child. I gained 36 with him. After he was born I lost most of it, but then gained all but 6 bls back. I now weight about 80 lbs more than when I got pregnant in 2006. I just went back on metformin last week and am hoping to have the same results I had years ago.

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10/18/10 9:51 P

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my neighbor has PCOS as well and she has taken Metformin for at least 4 years. she lost 65 pounds and kept it off.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

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10/18/10 10:06 A

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Hi everyone. My name is Jenna and I'm new here. I was diagnosed with PCOS 11 years ago, and it's started to get worse as I've gotten older. I was prescribed Metformin about 3 weeks ago, and I was prescribed Spironolactone about a week ago. I would like to know if anyone has any success stories (or non-success stories :D) about either of these medications. So far, I've lost a bit of weight, but I've also started going to the gym regularly, so that's probably part of it too. My body is starting to regulate itself too. I'm really hoping the hirsutism diminishes eventually. Any responses are welcome. Thanks! Jenna

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