E-Books to Help You Manage PCOS
I've been back on the pill for 7 months now and I've finally gotten my period back, but keep getting heavier. You definitely do not want to be vitamin B12 deficient when you conceive and during your pregnancy. If your level is low and if you can get your level up to the optimal level, you may see some good things start to happen. I also ready about soy and the very scary revelation that it was interfering with my estrogen levels. Stefani Ruper on June 13, at 6: He advised me to start the diet first so that my adjustment to Metformin would be easier.
Nevetheless the most important point here is to remember that dietary changes are healthy, natural and long-lasting. What are your experiences with metformin and PCOS? I was diagnosed with pcos 4 years ago after a ruptured cyst left me in agony. I was treated with steroids and antibiotics and was advised low progesterone, estrogen and the birth control pill were causing these problems. I was prescribed metformin but after some research I decided not to take it.
Fast forward a year or so and I got married and started trying for a baby. My doctor told me that I required ovulation induction and metformin was my only option to control insulin levels and get pregnant!!
I was given femara a cancer drug that induces ovulation metformin, estrogen treatment, progesterone treatment and a whole host of vitamins and supplements that were to boost my chances. Month after month it failed and we tried a different cocktail of drugs including changing dosage of metformin as well as switching to clomid for ovulation induction. We did this for 14 months without any success.
It was heart wrenching being told I would only ovulate with these drugs and the next steps were iui or ivf. As far as the side effects it was awful!
Metformin made me feel bloated gassy and dizzy! Vommitting and days of feeling ill were par for the course. Before I embarked upon this journey I had found the paleo diet and tried it out for a few months with not the best success. I went back to my low GI gluten free diet which seemed to work as I was in the best shape of my life after having always struggled with my weight.
During the fertility treatment i stuck to my diet yet gained a copious amount of weight. Good bye six pack and toned legs. I was back to my teen years of fit but curvy! After more research and more struggling I read enough about paleo and the potential affects on pcos. I also ready about soy and the very scary revelation that it was interfering with my estrogen levels. I cried when I read the research and it spurred me to read more and educate myself.
The truth is I was living in a fantasy world of desperation to get pregnant as fast as I could. But this was not to be. I decided to stop the drugs and cut out the soy products I had been eating for years because dairy upset my IBS and I needed protein to support my intense exercise!! I followed a strict paleo diet for 5 months and found my body reacted in the way it was meant to.
Not one pill passed my lips for 5 months and I could even feel myself ovulating each month. My insulin levels were the lowest they had been and I eased up on the intense exercise. I am currently 7 months pregnant and following a paleo based diet with the addition of oats rice and quinoa now and again.
How can diet impact your chances if getting pregnant! I tell them about this website and Chris kresser and Rob wolf and tell then to read it but they never do. Thank you for sharing, Amanda. Berberine is an all-natural supplement that has been shown to be as effective as Metformin: My cycle is getting more and more normal every month, my weight is dropping, and most importantly, I feel MUCH better.
But, for now it seems to be helping without any nasty side effects. Seems like it may be a better option for those who are told to take Metformin. Thank you for all that you do, Stefani! Dear Katie, You are very smart to fore go taking Metformin,it is a nasty drug, most glucose lowering medication meds. I was sick all the time, so I found an alternative that included Bererine and it is working pretty good.
I know this blog is not about me a 72 year old female, but I wanted to reach out to you to tell you how great it is to see that others search for alternatives. I was prescribed Metformin when I was I was living in the dorms at my college and was in a bad pattern of starving then overeating.
I was taught that fat was what made people fat so I ate mostly salads with vinegar on them and heaping cups of fat free soft serve from the frozen yogurt machine in the dining hall. In my room I had an air popper and ate cups and cups of popcorn. After one year of this I was having low blood sugar reactions. I fainted numerous times at my job as a waitress and in my classes. My parents were worried so I went home to have blood work done. They found my blood sugar dropped very low in between meals and upon waking.
They also found I had elevated levels of male hormones. My mom thought it sounded like crap so she suggested I eat a Mediterranean diet- which is more or less what I eat now but without the grains. The metformin made me lose weight and I felt good, but did have horrible stomach issues. I was bloated after everything I ate. I was never able to qualify for affordable insurance pre-existing condition after taking it at My advice for young people- you will heal quickly if you eat right!
I became a big fan of the paleo diet when it significantly improved my psoriasis better than any Rx cream or dermatologist treatment. As a physical therapist, I have always tried to have a good balance in my fitness routine with running, yoga, and strength training. All of that being said , I was so discouraged when my acne and hair growth were spiraling out of control, no matter what diet changes I made, so I finally gave in to taking metformin.
I just shortly write that in my case metformin did wonders. I lost 30kg and got pregnant without any problems. Also my mood improved greatly. So as it was stated in the article it is a personal matter whether it is good for somebody or not. I recently read you can take inositol with folic acid and an omega 3 supplement and it can help just as much.
You could always give it a try and switch back if you find it insufficient. Metformin has been a miracle drug for me. I had severely irregular periods and when I did have them they were very heavy, long, painful.
I had severe acne, and severe reactive hypoglycemia. Now we know those are classic symptoms, but in those days the connections had not been made between acne, hypoglycemia and irregular periods.
I went through years of infertility treatments culminating in two IVF procedures to conceive our only daughter, who was then 8 years old. We had long since given up on having more children. The years of fertility hormones had packed on the pounds. He advised me to start the diet first so that my adjustment to Metformin would be easier. So I started Protein Power and did well with that. I was 40 years old. When I started this regimen the endo told me that I could get pregnant, and I laughed in his face.
While Protein Power seemed to be helping me lose weight a whopping 5 lbs when I had that first ovulatory period! I was approaching my 41st birthday when I found out, to my utter surprise and delight, that I was pregnant. I had an easy pregnancy and a healthy baby who is a brilliant 15 year old honor student now.
After her birth I went off Metformin and the symptoms of PCOS came roaring back immediately, even though I was trying to keep up with the lifestyle changes.
I eventually gave up altogether. A few attempts at good diet and exercise failed and I gained a huge amount of weight and stacked up a bunch of other health issues as well. It took me 12 years to convince my health care provider the good endo was long gone to put me back on Metformin, and that allowed me to turn things right around.
I lost 75 lbs and I have kept it off for more than 5 years now. I sailed through menopause and my health issues have reversed, one by one. My 15 year old has insulin resistant PCOS as well and I had no hesitation having her go on Metformin, instead of the usual birth control pills.
So great to read your story — of course I agree every body is different! Metformin has had such a positive impact on my health. I recently experimented with not taking it for a week because I eat whole foods and very low carb, so I figured that with my lifestyle and diet, I could forgo the met. My IR returned, along with inflammation and weight gain. I take a low dose, and the side effects of not taking it are way worse in the short term and long term of taking it.
I am currently on metformin. I have been ttc for two years, i eat well, exercise plenty. But I was gaining weight. No specific diet, but whole grains and fruits and veggies. Only calories a day. But I was desperate. I feel more energetic. As far as mood, I see that more correlate with my progesterone. I struggle with depression and anxiety.
But perhaps I really needed metformin, Cause its been a totAl blessing to add to my diet and lifestyle changes to help me get started. I been on it for years, recently I stopped taking it to see what would happen. I take it for PCOS, but apparently it lowers systolic blood pressure also. I stopped taking it for a week to see what would happen. Well, it was not fun. I felt very hormonal and moody. Optimal thyroid function is critical to your success. I don't have time here to explain this.
I have no idea whether this will work for you, but if you don't lose at least two pounds at the end of two months, just ask for your money back. Here is part of what a health professional recently told me about another health professional who followed the diet in the ebook: At the age of 37 she has been trying to get pregnant since she got married back in She has never conceived because she didn't ovulate.
She exercised regularly, ate a balanced and nutritionally dense diet, had a positive attitude, was in a healthy loving relationship. She sought out experts in nutrition and has done cleanses and detox programs, has tried many supplements. The weight came off but did not stay off.
She has had hormone testing done and was diagnosed with PCOS several years ago. Nothing that she was doing worked, she didn't have a regular menstrual cycle, in fact if she had a period twice a year that was normal. When she had a period she had extreme cramping. She found this book a few years ago but did not invest herself in it at the time to follow the plan. Last fall she and her husband made a conscious effort and said, we are going to give this a try and they followed it to a T.
She lost 27 pounds, feels better than she has since she was 17, and she is now 14 weeks pregnant. I know there isn't one thing that works for everyone, but she found this book very helpful in determining what foods would be helpful and harmful, and what type of exercise to do and when. Many people need a strong guide. She believes this is it.
We are in the business of helping our patients through natural and holistic means and though we have both been trained in the same specialty of pediatric and prenatal care, we did not receive a guide such as this to share with our patients. With this specialty, though, we consistently are referred patients who need this kind of help whether it's to be able to conceive or just to reduce PCOS and other hormone related conditions.
This book would be a tremendous resource for us and our patients. Click here to add your own comments. Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. Click Here for More Info. Get Answers to your Questions about.
Your email is safe with us. We respect your privacy, and you may unsubscribe at any time. Hi Girls, Maybe my story will have one day a good end but I am not there yet.
Until I was 31 years old I lived my dream, having lovely husband, good. Proper diet and natural supplements can help the body maintain a pregnancy through successful delivery. Your body has a natural capacity to heal itself if you provide it with the necessary tools. Even if you knew, it would be hard to do anything. So where could you start? I might suggest you start a daily journal, a place where you can record what you're eating, how much you're exercising, how you feel about your day, what you did to take care of yourself, etc.
You are not judging yourself. The purpose of the journal is to increase your self-awareness and gain some insight into your behavior patterns. Let's talk about exercise for a moment. I have the feeling from what you say that you have tried exercising but it's not clear you're exercising now. It's easy for me to imagine that, because of working so much, you are not exercising. If this is the case, I would suggest you set an exercise goal.
Exercise is super-helpful for relieving depression. Since you're working 2 jobs, you're probably not exercising at all and are not physically active in other ways.
Pick something really easy and very doable. For example, set a goal of walking around the block where you live or work. You should be able to do that in minutes. It doesn't matter how fast you go at first. The purpose is to just do it, regardless of how tired or depressed you feel. And don't give yourself a bunch of excuses for not doing it, such as "I don't have time", "I will do it later", etc.
The reason you are doing this is to develop a new habit and increase your self-esteem, even a little. Take this short walk every single day for 30 days. Yes, every single day, rain or shine. It takes 30 days to develop a new habit. You are getting your power back! Next, get this PCOS diet e-book and take one healthy diet idea and make it a habit. For example, if you have orange juice and a bagel for breakfast, you could instead have a boiled egg and some green tea. A minor change like this can help your lose weight and improve your energy.
Make a minor dietary change like this your new habit. Now you have two new habits that are empowering you. If you lose one of these habits, just re-start it. Much of success in life is replacing habits that don't serve you with good habits that truly serve you. Be kind to yourself. You have a lot going for you!! Finally, understand that pharmaceuticals can be useful tools but do not ultimately improve your health.
Rating I Feel Hopeless by: Amber I'm Amber, recently turned This is supposed to be an exciting time. But I feel so alone and I'm depressed. I have so much going for me. I'm currently buying my dream home log cabin. I'm supposed to be in my prime yet I feel so ugly and fat. I've been on Metformin for about 6 months no periods no weight loss in fact weight gain. I also take hydrochlorothiazide to help control my blood pressure. I've been taking it since first diagnosed 5 years ago.
I work alot of hours to keep myself busy. I wouldn't call myself fat. I'm told I carry my weight amazing well. I weigh pounds but the people that guess say I weigh about I'm 5 foot 7 and have an odd shape, broad shoulders skinny legs, not a beer gut or nothing but the typical rolls. Anyways, I've been a member on this site since I was It's helped hearing there is hope yet I've tried so hard.
I work out hard, changed my diet and didn't lose but 2 pounds. They say I do not have thyroid problems. I'm not sure if I have insulin resistance but I never feel good anymore.