Polycystic ovary syndrome

Treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS treatment and prevention options depend on your age, medical history, and personal goals. There are several strategies that can aid in treatment of this condition. Initially, lifestyle changes can help ease the symptoms of PCOS. Weight loss can improve the symptoms. However, losing weight can be difficult for women with PCOS because increased insulin resistance makes it easy to gain pounds. Increasing activity and decreasing your intake of sugary and processed foods are good steps to try.

In addition, your doctor may prescribe medications, including:

  • Birth control pills to help regulate hormone levels and menstrual periods. Birth control pills may also help control acne.
  • Fertility drugs to help you get pregnant, if you desire. Many women with PCOS don’t ovulate regularly. Medication can stimulate ovulation.
  • Diabetes medication to decrease insulin resistance. Even if you don’t have diabetes, diabetes drugs taken by mouth may improve PCOS symptoms.
  • Antiandrogen drugs to control androgen levels. These medications can cause birth defects, so you should not take them if you are or are planning to become pregnant.
  • Acne treatments, including antibiotics taken by mouth and acne-specific creams and gels.

Surgery is an additional option for treatment. If you are diagnosed with PCOS and want to have children but have not had success with fertility medications, your doctor may suggest ovarian surgery.

Dignity Health is committed to helping women with PCOS in Arizona, California, and Nevada find relief through accurate diagnosis and individualized treatment plans tailored to their needs.