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Is polycystic ovarian disease curable?

Is polycystic ovarian disease curable?

Can be controlled: To have the diagnoses of pcos you need to have androgen excess (increased hair growth, elevated testosterone or acne) irregular menstrual cycles and/or pcos appearing ovaries by ultrasound (you just need 2 of these 3 criteria to be diagnosed). The symptoms can be controlled with weight loss, cutting carbs, and medical therapy (ocps, metformin etc), but its not curable. ...Read more

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Polycystic ovarian disease--is that bad?

Yes: Pcos seems to be lifelong. It is a disorder characterized by menstrual irregularities, reversed ratio of fshto lh, elevated ovarian testosterone production, anovulation, Insulin resistance, higher risk of early uterine cancer, hirsutism and infertility. Weight is typically above normal & involves Insulin resistance & circulating testosterone levels. ...Read more

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How can polycystic ovarian disease be cured?

How can polycystic ovarian disease be cured?

Cured? No: Can it be cured permanently, so the body functions exactly as normal without medicines? No. Can most abnormalities and symptoms be worked with for a satisfactory heathy quality of life? Yes, mostly. ...Read more

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What are the tests for polycystic ovarian disease?

Bloodwork + sonogram: To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular periods 2. Clinical signs like acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound appearance of polycystic ovaries: high volumes or antral follicle counts. Also need to "rule out" other causes of irregular cycles, acne, hair growth: thyroid, prolactin, adrenal gland issues. See OB or fertility md. ...Read more

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How come I have polycystic ovarian disease, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have polycystic ovarian disease, but nobody else in the family has it?

Not genetic: Pcos is not a genetic disorder. It can occur in any woman, but is most often seen in overweight women. But, certainly not all overweight women develop pcos. ...Read more

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What are the cause of high rang of LH and the cause of polycystic ovarian disease?

LH can vary: Depending upon when it was drawn. There is a surge of lh prior to ovulation. Low levels of estrogen can cause higher lh as well. No one knows the cause of polycystic ovarian disease, but it results from Insulin resistance and has a significant genetic component, plus it gets much worse with weight gain. ...Read more

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Whats polycystic ovarian disease (pcos)?

Insulin and ovaries: Pcos is a manifestation of Insulin resistance, which indicates pre-diabetes or diabetes 2.There are many derangments including those of adrenal androgen, a higher free testosterone, eradication of/or irregular cycles.Hirsuitism and acne increase with these androgens. A woman's cycle becomes annovulatory. Glucophage (metformin) is the preferred treatment of the problem. Clomiphene is used to help ovulation. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for polycystic ovarian disease?

Is there a cure for polycystic ovarian disease?

Yes, lower insulin: Since pcod represents the expression of the type ii diabetes gene, the primary treatment is to lower dramatically high Insulin levels due to Insulin resistance. Insulin causes the ovary to increase male hormone production that inhibits follicle development. The treatment is best accomplished through a very low carbohydrate, high fat diet. Dramatic wt loss and increased fertility occurs. ...Read more

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Does polycystic ovarian disease develop in teens?

Does polycystic ovarian disease develop in teens?

Yes: Pcos seems to be lifelong. It is a disorder characterized by menstrual irregularities, reversed ratio of fshto lh, elevated ovarian testosterone production, anovulation, Insulin resistance, higher risk of early uterine cancer, hirsutism and infertility. Weight is typically above normal & involves Insulin resistance & circulating testosterone levels. ...Read more

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Question about polycystic ovarian disease? Same as pcos?

Question about polycystic ovarian disease? Same as pcos?

Yes: Pcos is not a disease but a syndrome - a collection of things that occur together. I often see the older term 'pcod' used by patients from india or medical records from there. Even pcos is a bad name - they are not cysts but small antral follicles, but we are all used to the term pcos, and polyfollicular ovary syndrome doesn't mean anything to most mds or patients. ...Read more

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