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PCOS & Metformin, advice please?

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katherine7172 Tue 09-Aug-16 12:06:26

I didn't know whether to post this on infertility or conception thread, so went for both. I'd really appreciate some advice/opinions please?

My husband and I had been ttc for 3 and a half years, going through all the tests and I was on metformin for 4 cycles (500mg 3 times a day). I had a consultant appointment on the 1st of July, where I was told that this would be our last appointment and our best shot was to keep trying or IVF. My husband and I decided that we wanted to adopt instead of IVF, we spoke to a social worker who advised when we began the process I would have to go back on contraception. So we decided I would come on metformin straight away and go on contraception when we officially began the process (which will be in a month probably.)
I was about a week away from starting my period when I stopped taking the metformin. On metformin my cycles were shortened to around 30-33 days, before metformin cycles were between 35-45. The longest my cycle has ever been is 45 days and that has only happened once. I knew coming off the metformin would probably mess the cycle up, I am now on day 45! I have absolutely no symptoms, no achey boobs or stomach pains. No period symptoms and no pregnancy related symptoms. I took a pregnancy test this morning which was negative, no idea what is going on.

Unsure whether I should book an appointment with my GP or whether to just wait it out?

Just think it's funny that something like this will happen after we've sort of given up on conceiving naturally :/

I'd appreciate all advice and opinions!

Thanks in advance xxx

thumb3lina Tue 09-Aug-16 12:23:08

I also have PCOS and I also had the same variable cycles. When I stopped metformin once I had a very long cycle which must have been longer than 45 days, to answer your question.

The consultant who told you IVF or just keep trying, unless you have other issues than PCOS, should have at least offered you clomid surely? I was told exactly the same by an nhs consultant strangely enough, but went to another (private) consultation who put me on clomid and I was pregnant first cycle three times confused clomid is oral tablets taken from day 1-5, 2-6 or 3-7 of your cycle. Sorry if I've got it wrong, I just thought I should mention it as I was told the same!

katherine7172 Tue 09-Aug-16 12:44:05

Thanks for your reply thumb3lina! smile

So it's normal to have a really long cycle after coming off metformin?

I asked about clomid and the consultant said it wouldn't help. She took my blood whilst I was on metformin and told me that I was ovulating so there was no point in putting me on clomid.


thumb3lina Tue 09-Aug-16 12:53:37

I did, so I assume it's normal!

I ovulated on metformin but was given clomid as well, the first time it was while waiting for ICSI as we also have male factors which were treated separately. Could you see another doctor?

katherine7172 Tue 09-Aug-16 13:09:37

Ahh fair one, I'll keep waiting then till AF shows her face!

Ahh I see, I think my consultant wasn't very willing to offer us it due to our ages.

We've decided on adoption now, I was just unsure as to what was happening with this cycle.

Thanks for your help! smile xxx

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