I am 22 years old and I was first diagnosed with PCOS when I was 12 years old when I had two surgeries to take out two teratoma cysts. I never had to take any medication for it at the time But even having pcos I have been skinny my entire life up until the last two years. I have weighed 120 lbs all my life and two years ago I started gaining weight rapidly and now I currently weigh 218 lbs. with no change in diet or exercise I couldn’t figure out the cause of why I was gaining weight so quickly. I went to several different doctors and they had no answers for me but I knew something was wrong with me. I finally went to a fertility clinic specialist and she had told me it was my pcos and did an ultrasound and blood work to confirm
It. I was so relieved to finally find out the cause of everything and she put my on a low estrogen birth control as well as metformin. When I first started taking the metformin it made me so sick I couldn’t function. I called my doctor and told her what was going on and she had said I should try taking it at night when the worst of the symptoms are while I was sleeping and to start off taking half of a 500 mg for a week (which would be 250 mg) then the next week increase it by alternating one day take half then the next day take the full pill, and keep doing that process till the desired dosage I was prescribed. Honestly this was a GAME CHANGER! I now am able to take 2,000 mg every night. i never had any terrible symptoms when I did it like this. And I wish doctors wouldn’t recommend taking it during the day because that is when you will be the most sick. Taking it during the night helps a ton.
I did notice a little weight to come off but not a ton. It has been almost a year since I have been on metformin and I haven’t noticed a dramatic weight loss. I have lost maybe 20 lbs. I still feel like I have the symptoms. I have terrible hot flashes, acne, my hair falls out, chronic UTI’s, vaginal changes, etc. I do stick to the low carb diet I’m supposed to and I am eating healthier than I ever had and getting plenty of exercise, and I still can’t seem to lose the weight.
But my concern is why did I all of a sudden gain all this weight in the last 2 years even though I have had pcos since I was 12 years old and I was stick thin? I feel like there is something else wrong with my body and I can’t seem to figure out but I know I’m my gut that something else is wrong and I just want to be how I used to two years ago. Someone please help me!:(