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Will desogen (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) birth control pills help with pcos? or what might help?

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Help periods only: Ocp's make periods regular, but don't treat the Insulin resistance that causes pcos> metformin will treat Insulin resistance, and can regulate menses and even restore fertility in many women. Diet, exercise and weight loss is also essential. Other rx is available if needed for other problems.

Answered 6/25/2014

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May help: Desogen (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) will help regulate your menstrual periods with pcos. It may also decrease the androgens (male hormones) some women have, and thereby sometimes lessen excess hair growth. The Insulin resistance with pcos will need metformin, exercise, and weight control.

Answered 7/10/2018

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Yes: Usually any oral contraceptive pill will help polycystic ovarian syndrome. It helps by lowering the male hormone levels.

Answered 8/16/2016

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham answered

Specializes in American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Any OCP: Because women with pcos do not ovulate regularly, they do not have regular cycles. Ocp's can restore predictability to the cycle by suppressing the ovaries and regulating the cycle.

Answered 9/4/2013

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