on Dec 29, 2012
by Michelle Pearson
Glucophage was not designed or developed as a fertility treatment, but it has been shown to help with some aspects of fertility.
Glucophage, also known as Metformin, is a medication used as a fertility treatment that is a little bit “out of the box”, so to speak. Glucophage was not designed or developed as a fertility treatment, but it has been shown to help with some aspects of fertility. Let’s find out more about Glucophage and what it can do to help with fertility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Glucophage is primarily used as a drug to treat Type 2 Diabetes. Its job is to help the body respond more effectively to insulin. It helps to improve blood sugar levels in Diabetes patients. For women with PCOS, Glucophage can be a helpful way to regulate the erratic insulin levels that PCOS can cause. The ovaries can not work properly without the proper levels of insulin, so Glucophage can help to maintain those levels. Some doctors also think that it is a good idea to use Glucophage once you do become pregnant, to decrease risk of miscarriage, and help to avoid developing gestational diabetes.
Glucophage is an oral medication, and it is usually very well tolerated. It is sometimes combined with Clomid for even better results. Glucophage is considered to be a “helper drug”. That is, it does not induce ovulation on its own, but it helps the body get to a better place where it can handle insulin on its own and ovulation can resume normally. It has been shown to be very effective in women with PCOS, or who are otherwise insulin resistant.
While Glucophage is generally well tolerated in patients, sometimes it can have a few negative side effects. The most common side effects are gastrointestinal ones, stomach ache, vomiting, diarrhea and gas. Other common side effects are a “metallic” taste in the mouth, weight loss and loss of appetite. While these side effects are not really very harmful, they can be annoying. If you get any less common, but serious side effects, such as loss of energy, confusion, nightmares, etc, contact your doctor immediately.
Glucophage can be a great choice for women who are trying to conceive but need a little extra boost. Glucophage can help to counteract some of the annoying and bothersome effects of PCOS, and can help make it much easier for your body to process insulin, and in turn, easier for you to get pregnant on your own.
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Michelle is a busy mother to 2 boys and a prolific vlogger on subjects ranging from practical how-to tips for moms to chronicling her own pregnancy week-by-week on her popular YouTube channel ImaMommyof1.