What are the possible treatments for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

Treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Lifestyle
Lifestyle changes may be beneficial and losing excess weight is particularly helpful. Increasing levels of physical activity (such as brisk walking for half an hour per day) and eating a balanced diet, low in fat, makes getting to and staying at a healthy weight easier. Stopping smoking is also beneficial.


Acne can be helped by peeling agents such as retinoin (Retin A), and antibiotic liquids or creams applied directly to the skin.


Hirsutism can be controlled with depilatory creams, bleaching, shaving, waxing and plucking. Laser treatment and electrolysis can give more lasting results but need to be performed by suitable qualified professionals. Laser treatment is more appropriate than electrolysis for larger areas.


Medical treatments
Several drugs are useful in dealing with individual symptoms.


Tablet forms of antibiotics and isotretinoin (Roaccutane, a powerful drug that can only be prescribed by a specialist), can help to control acne.

Oral contraceptives (the pill) can reduce acne and hirsutism by damping down the production of testosterone. They also make periods more regular. A combination of the female hormone ethinyl oestradiol and the drug cyproterone acetate, which suppresses male hormone activity, is usually used. This is available on prescription under the brand name Diane-35.
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Infertility is usually treated with the drug clomiphene, which stimulates egg production. Up to 60% of women fall pregnant after six cycles of treatment. Weight loss improves the chance of the treatment being successful. If clomiphene doesn’t work, injections of hormones such as human menopausal gonadotrophin or follicle-stimulating hormone can be tried. Using laser to drill hole in the ovaries in order to reduce hormone production has been attempted, but further studies are needed to see whether this is going to be an effective option.


Preliminary trials of Metformin, a drug used for the treatment of diabetes, suggest that it may reduce hirsutism and improve fertility.


Other drugs which might help PCOS patients by reducing male hormone activity are currently being studied.
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Related Questions

Does anyone have polycystic ovarian syndrome? What is treatment?

About 1 in 10! About 10% of women of reproductive age have pcos! it is the most common hormone imbalance in women and a major cause of fertility problems. The treatment depends on the goal - is the goal to treat unwanted hair growth, acne, obesity, irregular menses, or fertility? In general, if someone is not ttc, she is treated one way, while she is treated differently if she is ttc. See a board certified re! Read more...
Decrease insulin res. 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...

What is the best pill to take if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome or any other treatments?

PCOS treatment. The best pill to take is based on your symptoms and other factors. Since patients with pcos may have a variety of symptoms, it is best to talk to your doctor about each of the symptoms you are concerned about so that you can get the correct prescription. Read more...

Hello, I have had polycystic ovarian syndrome for nearly ova 5years, I would like to know the best treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Several. There are several treatments and the treatment depends on several factors. It's best to talk things over with your gyn and let him/her give you the pros ; cons of treatment available. Read more...

What is the possible treatment for polycystic ovarian disease. I also have gout and antiphospholipid syndrome?

Insulin management. Metformin or other drugs that increase your body's sensitivity to insulin are frequently used.Oral contraceptives can also be used to regulate periods but are contraindicated in your case due to the increased risk of clots and your antiphospholipid syndrome. At one time, "ovarian drilling" where surgically many of the cysts are burned with an electrocautery or ovarian wedge resection was common. Read more...
Metformin. As you may already know PCOS is often associated with insulin resistance. Many women are treated with metformin which is a diabetes drug. there are good meds for gout. Antiphospholipid syndrome is associated with blood clots which may be very dangerous. I thinkits time to see your physician who has to be very smart. Read more...

I am 29 year old. I am suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome. I start my treatment in kolkata. Now I want to conceive. So my doctor give me ovofa?

OK. That is Clomid (clomiphene) which is a medicine to help you ovulate. It is successful in many women with pcos. As long as you have a had a proper evaluation, that is fine to take. Certainly a good place to start! if it does not work you have some other options. Read more...

Are there any treatments for polycystic ovarian disease?

Yes. TTC or not? Treatment is different if trying to conceive or not. If not ttc may need birth control pills, Insulin sensitizing medications, or anti-androgens to treat symptoms and prevent health issues. If ttc you need fertility testing first, and may need fertility treatment such as Insulin sensitizing medications (metformin) and ovulation induction treatments. See ob/gyn or fertility specialist (rei) if ttc. Read more...

What is the treatment for polycystic ovarian disease pco?

Depends, TTC or not? If not trying to conceive birth control pills are often used, sometimes with antiandrogens like spironolactone as well to decrease acne/hair growth more than bc pills alone. If trying to conceive we use Insulin sensitizers like metformin, plus ovulation-inducing tablets - most commonly Clomid (clomiphene) or Letrozole - sometimes low-dose shots or ivf if needed. Surgery for pcos is no longer a good option. Read more...
Varies. There are many treatments for pcos - ranging from observation, to medical management, to surgical treatment. Read more...

Polycystic ovarian disease treatment if ttc?

Clomid (clomiphene) or letrozole. A rei specialist confirms the diagnosis of pcos & checks for hormone problems or low egg supply. Semen analysis and a hsg to check for blocked tubes are good tests to do. Treatment may start with metformin (insulin sensitizers) with or without ovulation inducing tablets like Clomid (clomiphene) or letrozole. Some women need ivf if simpler treatments aren't working, or rarely low-dose shots to induce ovulation. Read more...
Multi fold. Improving ovulation with medication. Also reducing male hormone levels either with Insulin sensitizing agent and potentially with corticosteroids. Read more...