There may be an alternative for those suffering from PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome), a hormone imbalance that interferes with normal ovulation. Women with PCOS do not have normal, regular menstrual cycles and may have multiple small cysts on their ovaries. The main problem is the hormonal imbalance which affects other body systems, such as the metabolic and cardiovascular systems.
British researchers in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism’s February 2005 issue reported that from 10%-50% of PCOS patients are obese. It’s also well known that reducing weight can greatly help alleviate the symptoms of PCOS.
Metformin is often prescribed, a diabetes drug, given to reduce the chances of miscarriage. Metformin itself does nothing for weight loss.
Xenical versus Metformin for Weight Loss
This excellent article by WebMDHealth.com reports on a study done with PCOS sufferers to see whether Xenical may help them lose weight and relieve other symptoms, including excess testosterone. Results showed those taking both drugs found a reduction in testosterone, significant because excess testosterone is largely why women with PCOS have side effects such as excess facial hair and have difficulties with conceiving and carrying a child to full term.
This is very good news, especially if Xenical also helps with weight loss, since even a small drop in weight can also help alleviate PCOS symptoms.
The side effects of Metformin which are reported at a 30% or greater include: diarrhea, gas, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, bloating. Yuck. That doesn’t sound so sweet. Three out of 10 is a pretty significant number in my book.
If you suffer from PCOS, it may be worthwhile to ask your doctor about trying Xenical.