Like many other diseases whose exact causes are unknown, the treatment for PCOS is also control oriented rather than curative. Thus, curbing the further impediments
- Lifestyle modification by limiting processed foods, added sugars, and regular exercise.
- Birth control pills.
- Diabetes medications: Metformin is the drug of choice to treat PCOS.
- Fertility medications: Clomiphene is the first choice. If this does not work, a combination of clomiphene and metformin is given. Gonadotropins are shots given if the combination of clomiphene and metformin does not work on itself.
- Surgery: To increase the chance of ovulation, a procedure called “ovarian drilling” is done. It is a laparoscopic procedure where the doctor punctures the ovary with a small needle carrying an electric current to destroy a small portion of the ovary.
- Anti-androgens in combination with birth control pills are also given to reduce hair growth and acne.
Its estimated that about 10-20% of women around the world suffer from PCOS, an early recognition of the symptoms followed by the right procedure of treatment could alleviate the adverse effects. There are a number of communities available like www.soulcysters.com and www.pcoscommunity.com which are very informative and helpful. Right diagnosis at right time is the key. Most importantly, you are not alone!