FAQ on PCOS Treatment
A pelvic scan of ovaries should be done for knowing the number of visible cysts. No cysts does not confirm that one does not have PCOS. Treatment is usually ineffective pharmaceutically and is usually more effective if strategies are arrived at life style and reducing insulin.
Because there is no cure for PCOS, it needs to be managed to prevent problems. Treatment goals are based on your symptoms, whether or not you want to become pregnant and lowering your chances of getting heart disease and diabetes. Many women will need a combination of treatments to meet these goals.
- Birth Control Pills :- For women who do not want to be pregnant and still control menstrual cycles, reduce male hormone levels and help clear acne. However symptoms return once the pill is stopped.
- Diabetes medications :- Metformin [Glucophage] helps women with PCOS symptoms, it lowers testosterone production, controls blood glucose, abnormal hair growth will slow down, ovulation may return after a few months use, it will also decrease body mass index [BMI] and improve cholesterol levels.
- Fertility medications:- lack of ovulation is usually seen in PCOS. This can be treated with the use of clomiphene citrate. Clomiphene citrate + Metformin is also used for ovulation stimulation . Another option is IVF with Gonadotropins treatment.
- Surgery :- ovarian drilling is a surgery that brings on ovulation . it is used on some women who does not respond to fertility medicines. Laparoscopy is also another option.
- Life style modifications :- many Women with PCOS are overweight or obese. Keeping a healthy weight by eating healthy foods and exercising is another way woman can manage PCOS. Even a 10 percent loss in body weight can restore a normal period and make a women’s cycle more regular