Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Treatment differs according to whether you want to conceive or not. Treatment targets the underlying insulin resistance that accompanies PCOS diagnosis.
- Managing symptoms
- Weight loss if overweight, nutrition consultation
- Insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, and prediabetes management
- Use of oral agents such as: Metformin , Glucophage, Actos , Avandia
- Oral contraceptive
- Inducing ovulation (if you wish to get pregnant)
- Metformin with or without Clomiphene citrate
- Advanced reproductive technologies
- Preventing complications
- Anti-androgenic medications for blocking future Hirsutism (unwanted hair growth)
To lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease:
- Get regular screenings for diabetes, high blood cholesterol, and fat levels.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat a low-fat diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
Birth control pills regulate periods. Also, by causing the uterine lining to shed regularly, they reduce the risk of overgrowth or cancer. They also control abnormal hair growth and acne by supressing androgen. Other hormones (called progestins) may also be used to regulate menstruation. They can be used monthly or intermittently. Fertility drugs may be given instead to stimulate ovulation in women who want to become pregnant.