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Is polycystic ovarian disease curable?
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Dr. Deborah Smith
Fertility Medicine
11 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Deborah Smith
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Dr. Ruth Crystal
Obstetrics & Gynecology
10 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ruth Crystal
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Dr. Mark Perloe
An Australian study showed that up to 85% can ovulate regularly with the proper diet and exercise. We can do even better when metformin is added to the regimen. Best use the generic glucophage XR does not seem to be as effective for ovulation or weight loss compared to the generic.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Spironolactone is also frequently effective for skin and hair symptoms.
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Steven Lindheim
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. Mark Perloe
Fertility Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Perloe
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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Neeoo Chin
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Dr. Mark Perloe
While frequently elevated LH:FSH ratio is noted, and elevated postprandial insulin levels are seen, neither of these factors are diagnostic. Other findings may include family members with Type II diabetes, elevated cholesterol, morbid obesity and hypertension.
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Dr. Robert Lang
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Lang
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