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How is PCOS managed?

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posted Oct 26, 2015 by Tom

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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 and which are very informative and helpful. Right diagnosis at right time is the key. Most importantly, you are not alone!

answer Feb 16, 2016 by Dr Preetam
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I agree with Joseph. There has been a lot discussed about the positive effects exercise can have over PCOS. This is one of the news article I read and same has been emphasized there as well.

answer Apr 4, 2016 by Pallavi
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Some studies suggest that, PCOS could be managed following a regular exercise regime, thus, increasing fertility . The article is as follows.

Yoga also has a powerful effect in overcoming infertility due to PCOS.

answer Apr 4, 2016 by Joseph
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