To Drug or Not to Drug…..

I went for a follow up appointment today. Just your run of the mill, here is the medications you can take, here are some pamphlets and magazine articles to read, to do’s, don’t do’s and on and on. At one point the lpn  started to explain that at some point in the future I will need to take a glucose test. To which I think I might have audibly snorted. Glucose? I can already tell you that my body does a shit job of glucose management. So I asked her if there was anything that I should be doing to control my pcos…she scrunched her nose and said she didn’t know but she would go ask the ob/gyn. She returned a moment later with a smile and told me that no, there was nothing that I should be doing. I know in my heart that I need to do my own research, but sometimes it is just easier to listen to what the professionals say. So I relaxed a little bit. Maybe 15 minutes later on my way home the phone rings from the dr’s office. The lpn calls me to tell me that she realized I had been on Metformin and was going to encourage me to go back on it, at least until the 12 week (which is 3 weeks away).

 

So now I face the dilemma. Do I go back on Metformin? This means being sick because of the meds and being sick from pregnancy. It means dumping chemicals into my blood stream and into the blood of my forming baby. The effects to the baby have not been studied fully, some drs’ say stop as soon as you figure out you are pregnant, some say take it until you are 12 weeks and some encourage women to continue to take it throughout the whole pregnancy. What will happen if I start taking it again after being off for 3 weeks, will the change in blood sugars disrupt the fetus?

 

And if I don’t go back on to Metformin, will there be a higher chance for miscarriage? I already feel in these past few weeks I have lived a life-time with this little bean. And if I do lose it, I will always wonder….what if I had just taken the drug?  I can’t imagine losing it, I have already devoted enough ill feeling, low energy days to the cause. Will I develop gestational diabetes and need to take insulin?

 

Anyone with any advice is welcome to chime in, in as far as I have read it seems the general consensus is to take the metformin as the benefits outweight the risks. But we live in a drug crazy society, where the answer to everything is to take a pill, and I just can’t get behind that philosophy. I am sure that diet has a lot to do with it, and lately being unable to eat anything but high carbohydrates I have certainly fallen off the plan.

 

My intuition tells me to not take the drug and modify with a healthy diet. My dr. says otherwise.

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2 thoughts on “To Drug or Not to Drug…..

  1. Would it be rude of me to ask how long you had been trying to get pregnant before it happened for you. I noticed that you mention that Metformin made you sick also what other alternative did you use if any? I was put on it but had to discontinue using it cause I would get bad stomach cramping and couldn’t sleep at night.

    • Of course it isn’t rude, and in return i hope you won’t think I am making light of a serious and often challenging time. I had been off of birth control for 2.5 years, but had not been actively trying. I became pregnant the first time we tried. I didn’t use any other medicine or interventions. I tried to watch my diet, stress level, and was taking metformin. Metformin made me so sick, made me miserable and messed with my blood sugar, I am so glad it works for some, but it didn’t work for me. On a more personal and spiritual level, when we were trying I spoke directly to the soul of my little girl and personally invited her to come into my body. I told her that if she wanted to come into the world, and wanted us to be her parents that I was agreeable and available. It is the only thing I did differently in 2.5 years. Best of luck to you and warmest wishes.

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