Hi there. I'm on the same combination Metformin 850x2 and Yasmin. I also take spironolactone and a number of other supplements. In my experience, yet Metformin does help with weight control. I am not overweight but, as you say, I'm on the strictest diet and have been so for at least 4 years (since I was diagnosed). Although I'm not overweight (54-55 kg, 1.65 height), it is extremely difficult to maintain the weight despite having excluded all the bad foods from my diet - some of them weren't there in the first place: sugary drinks, sweets, fried food, fast food of any kind - as a matter of fact you should stay away from most of the processed foods. Do not rely on anything that is "diet" whether it is a drink or a food, those harmful additives will prevent you from losing weight. I eat almost exclusively fresh vegetables lightly prepared with no additives other than salt and pepper, fruits, plain low fat youghurts, eggs, legumes and fish. I don'r buy anything processed, as difficult as it may be sometimes to prepare the meals, I realized that I have to come to terms with the fact that have a weight problem and this needs to be a continuous diet.
Metformin really helps me not to get so many low glycemic spells as I used to and really helps me with hunger management, which is also caused by insulin and glycemic imbalances. Stay on it and continue with a diet based for the most part on natural whole foods, you will see the results in time.
Yes. Metformin helps you to lose weight. BUT....you need to stay on a diet to help this out. I too take metformin 500mg 2x a day and Yasmin. Been on both since 9/14/08, and have lost close to 60lbs. Try staying away from all sugary snacks and drinks. No soda, stick with water and ice tea (no sugar) or seltzer with lemon or lime. Eat lots of fruits and veggies during the day. I stick to 5 meals a day, 2 snacks and 3 meals (sometimes its 3 snacks). I have breakfast and then about 3-4 hours later I have a snack of maybe a banana or grapes and a string cheese. If you stick to small meals during the day and workout, you shouldn't have any problem with losing weight. I have hit a snag in my weight loss journey. I've been stuck at the same weight for 3 weeks now, most of it being my fault. But I;m back on track this week and have high hopes of losing the pound I gained 3 weeks ago. The 60lbs that I have lost, is without doing excising other then walking. After the next doctor appointment I plan on joining a gym so I can reach the goals faster. Good luck and welcome to our forum!!!
I'm sorry I don't know how the metformin and birth control do together but I also have PCOS and am on metformin. I haven't been on the metformin too long yet but I definitely think it helps. I have found that with PCOS though the only way I have been able to lose any weight is in cutting carbs.
I hope this helps. Good Luck.