The term PCOS refers to Polycistronic Ovarian Syndrome, which is caused by hormonal disbalance in the body of females. The follicles formed in the ovary create irregularity in periods, fail to release eggs from the ovary or even cause excess bleeding during periods. It may create the problem of infertility, gestational diabetes, miscarriage, etc.
Women suffering from PCOS are often prescribed to take metformin for PCOS treatment, but here we are going to discuss five reasons not to take metformin.
Metformin does not aid for PCOS infertility
Metformin may aid in menstrual irregularity and increase the ovulation rate, but it does not have any benefit in dealing with infertility. It actually is harmful in pregnancy too.
Prolonged intake of metformin depletes Vitamin B12 from the body, which is essential for fertility in women. It may also increase the risk of miscarriage and premature birth of a baby.
Metformin leads to insulin resistance in the body
Metformin intake for PCOS may deplete essential nutrients from the body. The decreased level of vitamin B12 and folate would lead to insulin resistance and you may gain weight. It also results in hypertension in women.
Metformin for PCOS also helps in weight loss- is only a myth
Metformin intake regulates the glucose level in the blood and helps in reducing a little weight. But the same will do when you diet. Metformin’s regular intake for PCOS would only reduce weight about 2 to 4 kg only and after that, it may decrease the level of an essential element in the body such as folate and after that, you start gaining weight. So metformin and weight loss is just a myth.
Metformin’ s side effects
Metformin is used to treat PCOS, but it causes side effects such as diarrhea, asthenia, flatulence, muscle fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, frequent headaches, etc. The depletion of vitamin B12 may cause gastrointestinal discomfort. The side effects of metformin may even persist for a long period of time.
Metformin may cause neural tube defect in your unborn child and may cause gestational diabetes
Women taking metformin for PCOS have vitamin B12 deficiency in their body, which increases the risk of neural tube defect in the unborn child by 9 times. The prolonged use of metformin by a woman during pregnancy may cause gestational diabetes. Even more, it affects the growth of the foetus in a mother’s womb.
These are some of the reasons not to take metformin for PCOS. It may cause several health issues in women. The side effects of metformin are unbearable by women. However, there is a better alternative present for treating PCOS.
Furocyst is a proprietary product extracted from single herb fenugreek seed used for the treatment of PCOS in women. Clinically it has been proven safe for the treatment of PCOS with no known side effects. It helps in bringing down the hypercholesterolemia which in turn helps in managing PCOS. It is also supported by international patents.
The fenugreek seed extract is processed without affecting the chemical property of its active ingredient, and thus provides maximum benefit