The Truth About Metformin and PCOS | The Healing Roots

The Truth About Metformin and PCOS

Metformin is commonly used for women who struggle with PCOS. Metformin is the first insulin sensitizing drug. This means it helps to bring insulin in balance. PCOS at its core, is insulin resistance. Because of its ability to normalize insulin levels, it also helps with unwanted symptoms that come with PCOS. This includes weight loss, reduced androgens and regulation in menstrual cycles. 
 

Metformin for Insulin Resistance

Metformin is commonly used for women who struggle with PCOS. Metformin is the first insulin sensitizing drug. This means it helps to bring insulin in balance. PCOS at its core, is insulin resistance. Because of its ability to normalize insulin levels, it also helps with unwanted symptoms that come with PCOS. This includes weight loss, reduced androgens and regulation in menstrual cycles. 

Micronutrient Deficiencies

Metformin depletes micronutrients in the body. Here is a list of common deficiencies. 
-CoQ10
-B12
-Folic Acid

Gut Health and Metformin

Women with PCOS are already at higher risk of an imbalance of bacteria in the microbiome. This type of dysbiosis can put a female at higher risk of obesity and insulin resistance. Metformin has been shown to alter the gut microbiome even more. 

In conclusion, it’s important to take into consideration your gut health if you have PCOS or if you are on metformin. 

When taking metformin, it’s important to also focus on lifestyle change. The drug alone will not make dramatic shifts in weight loss or other PCOS related symptoms. Studies also show that long term use of metformin for PCOS is not conclusive. Significant research is still needed to determine if it is necessary. 

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