It may sound scary or shocking but technically speaking Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a chronic condition that has no cure.
Whilst there is not yet a cure for PCOS the symptoms of the condition can be treated and managed ensuring you can get on with your life in the most fabulous way possible!
Treatment for PCOS will vary from person to person but eventually you will find something that fits and works for you…key examples of treatment options include:
- Losing weight and having a healthy lifestyle: This is the first thing you will hear and be told again and again, if you are anything like me you are sick of being told that you are technically overweight and need to lose weight…that’s easier said than done for a gal like me with PCOS…but sadly many doctors and nurses in the UK don’t know enough about the condition and seem to believe that I’m fat because I just don’t bother…PCOS means the weight is harder to shift and I’m more likely to gain weight thanks to my insulin resistance…fantastic..Aren’t most of us fighting this particular battle? Frustratingly however, weight loss (even a little bit) can significantly improve the symptoms of PCOS it’s just an uphill struggle to lose whatever you can.
- Hormone treatment: Not some magic pill that will take it all away, but you may be prescribed anti-androgen drugs or the contraceptive pill to counteract the effects of the male hormones in your body and to help restore some sense of normalcy to your menstrual cycle.
- Metformin: This is being increasingly used in the USA and Australia to help women with PCOS get their symptoms under control. It has not yet become readily prescribed to UK women to help manage the condition however. Metformin is most famous for being used by diabetics to control their insulin levels – the same is true of women with PCOS; due to our insulin levels being all over the place taking medication in the form of metformin you can improve your body’s sensitivity to insulin which should help your other PCOS symptoms and can in many cases assist with weight loss. (I think this is perhaps why UK doctors are a little reluctant to explore this as an option for PCOS patients – they want to avoid the medication being seen as a quick fix for obesity or whatever…of course we are looking for supplementary assistance with our weight loss efforts more often than not, but this seems to fall on deaf ears!
- Fertility treatment: You may be given medication to assist with fertility problems; a common medication prescribed for this purpose is Clomifene. The more common way of assisting infertility is through a long and complicated treatment such as IVF.
- Creams: Creams will often be prescribed to help women suffering with hirsutism/excess hair growth. Eflornithine is the most common cream to be used for this purpose.
- Surgery: This tends to be a last resort and somewhat harsh treatment for PCOS – in extreme cases a woman may undergo surgery known as LOD (or Laparoscopic Ovarian Drilling) to zap away at the cysts surrounding the ovaries with a laser.