Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Treatment

Managing symptoms

Written by Priyathama Vellanki MD

While there is no cure for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), there are many ways to manage symptoms using both lifestyle changes and medication, if necessary. It is important to talk to your doctor if you think you have PCOS symptoms as early treatment can help reduce your risk for long-term complications.

Lifestyle Changes


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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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