BrneyeGirl - 6 weeks is not a lot of time for Met to work. Some people are lucky and see results right away. Typically, it takes a good month for it to start to work, but it can take 3 - 6 months before you start seeing any real changes. Give it some time, and the more consistant you are, the better. Following up with lifestyle changes (like suggested at Sparks) also helps the Met work better, too.
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I have been on Metformin for about 2 years now and it has helped me a lot. I started on a small dose and worked my way up due to the lovely side effects. Now I am on 1500mg daily. If you think it might have helped you before it might be worth another try. When I think of life before Metformin I cringe because I remember the endless dieting and exercise that didn't make a dent in my weight-loss or waist size. Worst comes to worst, it doesn't work and you have to find something else, right? At least it helped you get pregnant! I wish I could say the same.
I've been on Met for about 6 weeks and haven't seen a change. Although I must admit I haven't been the best about consistently taking it. My doctor has put me on 850/mg twice a day. I really hope to see some changed soon. I hope you find something that works for you.
You might also have a fasting blood draw done. Your fasting insulin level might be "normal", but on the high side of normal. A preventive dose of metformin could lower your insulin levels and make the insulin work better, thereby helping you lose weight and stave off diabetes.
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It could be that you just weren't on a high enough dosage. Many Ob/Gyn's only use 500 mg/day, where the real therapeutic dosage is 1,500 mg/day.
Insulin Resistance can be difficult to detect, sometimes, too. Some people have technically "normal" numbers, but if you do a Glucose Tolerance Test with Insulin levels, you see a pattern of a steep climb in sugar, followed by a spike in insulin and then a crash/drop in sugar. The "normal" range is big enough that you can have this pattern, and still stay within the range. Also, some docs will put an elevated insulin level off to excess weight. That's what my family doc did. When I convinced him to send me to the endo, the endo picked up that there was a problem.
I would say, if the Met helped you before, then it would be a good idea to go back on it. Make sure to also follow good lifestyle habits, too, as that helps the Met to work better.
I was on Metformin for a while. It never really helped get my cycle to be "normal", but I did end up pregnant. All through my pregnancy, but once my baby was born I went off of it. I am wondering if that was a mistake. I have been tested and they tell me my insulin and glucose levels are normal, but I am wondering if it will help with other symptoms and possibly weight gain/loss. Any thoughts?
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