Can Metformin help in getting pregnant?

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Can Metformin help in getting pregnant?

Metformin is an ovalation induction medicine normally used for treating PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility. It is difficult to answer “yes” or “no” to your question if we don’t know the exact cause of the infertility. We can say that Metformin is not a fertility drug.

Why can PCOS cause infertility? PCOS is a health problem that can affect a women’s menstrual cycle, ability to have children, hormone level, heart and physical appearance. Here are some symptoms that you can look for:

  • Menstrual abnormality: your period can be either last for days longer, or you may have fewer cycles than usual.
  • Higher male sex hormones: The ovaries usually make a tiny amount of male sex hormones (androgens). But when you have PCOS, androgens are slightly higher. This causes the patient to stop ovulation. The patient may get acne and have additional facial and body hair.
  • Cysts on the ovaries: Enlarged ovaries contain numerous small cysts which can be detected by ultrasound.

Back to your question, some women may conceive after taking Metformin to get their PCOS under control, but it is not believed to be primarily due to the side effects of Metformin. However, recent studies have indicated that Metformin alone is not a good solution for infertility in cases of PCOS. Therefore, if patients have problems with conceiving due to PCOS, they might have to consult with their OB/GYN for the right treatment.

There are many causes of infertility. If you are trying to conceive, diagnosis is necessary to recommend the right treatment.

Wirote Siripatananont, M.D.
OB/GYN and Infertility Specialist
Samitivej Hospital

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