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Posted by: anna | 2003/03/05

PCOS, the pill and metformin

Dear Cyberdoc

I was put on the pill two years ago after a mild case of PCOS was diagnosed at age 37. I am also on Metformin to stimulate a rather tardy metabolism (I am not diabetic). I read recently that Metformin stimulates ovulation, but that the pill suppresses it. Do these two medications then work against each other? Should I stop one or the other? Any other medication you can suggest?

Thanks
Anna

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Anna, metformin doesn’t stimulate ovulation, but it might help make people with PCOS fall pregnant by addressing the glucose intolerance that PCOS sufferers have. I would stay on both drugs until it’s not necessary to take the pill anymore. Good luck.

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