Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Treatment

Learn to recognize the symptoms so you are in the best position to seek help from your doctor to managing your PCOS.

Written by Priyathama Vellanki MD

While there is no cure for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), there are many ways to manage symptoms including both lifestyle changes and medication, if necessary. 

Are You Trying to Get Pregnant?

Approximately, 80% of women who experience ovulation dysfunction infertility also have PCOS, according to Mark P. Trolice, MD, director of Fertility CARE: The IVF Center, and a clinical associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  

"Since polycystic ovary syndrome affects up to 1 in 5 women with up to 70% going undiagnosed, if you have been experiencing irregular (or no) periods and/or noticed unwanted hair growth on your face or chest, you might want to ask your doctor to check you for PCOS," Dr. Trolice tells EndocrineWeb.

"This is particularly important since one-third of women typically wait more than two years to seek medical attention and then more than half end up seeking answers from up to three health professional before receiving a correct diagnosis," he says. 

Once the issue of PCOS is addressed, you will be able to work with your doctor to consider pregnancy.

First things first. If you suscept you have PCOS, getting a proper diagnosis will assure that you receive appropriate guidance to improve your symptoms and manage your disease. This is particularly important since early treatment can help reduce your risk for long-term complications.

Lifestyle Patterns Are an Important Place to Start

 

As you are likely keenly aware, the impact of losing even 5% of your current body weight—admittedly, easier said, then done—can help restore more regular periods, improve cholesterol levels, and may even lessen further acne and hair growth.

Medications

Consult with your doctor to see what treatments are right for you. Choose a doctor who specializes in hormone problems (an endocrinologist) or women’s health (a gynecologist or primary care physician).

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Sources

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Frequently Asked Questions. FAQ121: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. August 2011. Available at: http://www.acog.org/~/media/for%20patients/faq121.ashx. Accessed February 3, 2014.

The Endocrine Society. Clinical Practice Guidelines: Diagnosis and Treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. December 2013. Available at: http://www.endocrine.org/education-and-practice-management/clinical-practice-guidelines. Accessed February 3, 2014.

Hormone Health Network®. Fact Sheet. PCOS: What teens need to know. September 2013. Available at: http://www.hormone.org/questions-and-answers/2013/pcos-for-teens. Accessed February 3, 2014.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women's Health. (2010). Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Fact Sheet. March 2010. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/polycystic-ovary-syndrome.html. Accessed February 3, 2014.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in Female Teenagers and Women