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.
Wt loss can help. The classic triad of symptoms from pcos is hirsuitism (abnormal hair growth related to high testosterone), anovulation (lots of small ovarian follicles but none of them matures to make an egg which ovulates) and obesity (related to Insulin resistance.) pcos can be treated with birth control pills, laser hair removal, metformin (to decr Insulin resistance) and weight loss. Carb counting can help.
It is manageable. Unfortunately, there is no known cause of pcos. It is probably genetic that expresses itself in mild-moderate and severe forms. Controlling the symptoms with weight loss-exercise-medines can control the severe forms that can lead to heart disease and diabetes.
Not a disease. Polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos) is a diagnosis of exclusion and is comprised of findings which include few periods, high testosterone or testosterone-like hormones, many females have unwanted body hair, many have multiple ovarian cysts. Females with pcos also often have Insulin resistance with a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. These problems may be controlled but no cure exists.
Cure-NO, Control-Yes. Low glycemic diet, smaller meals with appropriate fats, omega-3's and polyunsaturated fats, fish oil supplements may be helpful. Resistance training to build muscle mass is a more effective tool than aerobics. The more muscle mass you build, the less Insulin will be needed to clear glucose from the circulation. I'd suggest limiting aerobics to 20 minutes three or four times/week.
Controllable. Pcos is a genetic syndrome that involves elevated LH over FSH levels, and elevated Insulin levels to manage simples sugars (breads, pasta, potatoes). Two of the following three criteria need to be met to make the diagnosis: chain of pearls on ovaries by ultrasound, irregular ovulation, and elevated male hormones demonstrated by lab values or increase in hair growth or acne. Medications control.
Yes if. If no identifiable cause is known (such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia if which no cure but treatment exist), then yes, it's possible to "out grow" pcos if lifestyle changes, weight loss if obesity is coexisting, and a period of adherence to appropriate medications if warranted.
Sometimes. Polycystic ovaries is not a disease, it is a syndrome because there are many different conditions that can contribute to developing polycystic ovaries. One of these, excessive weight gain, can be reversed with life style changes. However, because it is known that Insulin stimulates the ovaries to make testosterone and this can lead to cystic ovaries, a low carb diet is most likely to help.

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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.

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.

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.
Agree. We also add the 3 hour glucose tolerance test with insulins at each time point. We feel that pcos represents the earliest sign in women of the type ii diabetes gene spectrum. This test allows us to assess the stage of the disease. Of presenting patients, 3-5% are already dmii by criteria, 15% are borderline and the rest are pre-diabetic.

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.
Not direct inherited. Although having a family member with pcos or type 2 diabetes increases the risk of getting pcos, it is not directly inherited.

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.

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.
PCOS. Pcos is characterized by 1) irregular periods, 2) high androgen levels, and 3) many small ovarian follicle cysts. It's now called a syndrome rather than a disease because different features/complaints may dominate in different women. Because it is an ovulatory disorder menstrual periods are irregular and natural fertility is often impaired.

Is there a cure for polycystic ovarian disease?

Weight loss. The usual treatment for pcos is cycle control with birth control pills. However, the majority of women with pcos are overweight, and weight loss will return the cycles to normal in the majority of them. While weight loss may not be easy, it is quite effective in normalizing the menstrual cycle for those who are able to lose in the range of 30 pounds.
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.
Yes! Insulin resistance, which translates into "hyperinsulinemia" is the culprit. Pcos, aside from inhibiting ovulation, is associated with high free testosterone levels and hirsutism. Glucophage (metformin) helps greatly, as does cycling with clomid. However, weight loss, using low glycemic diets free of sugars and starches, will lower Insulin levels naturally. If pregnancy does occur, watch for gestational dm.

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.

Question about polycystic ovarian disease? Same as pcos?

Yes. The term disease is a misnomer, though, as it is truly a syndrome and not a disease per se.
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.