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What Is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

How Is PCOS Treated?

There is no cure for PCOS. However, there are a number of ways to help manage the symptoms and reduce the risk of future complications, like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Each woman's treatment will be tailored to her unique situation. For example, women who want to become pregnant may receive a different PCOS treatment protocol than those who are not interested in becoming pregnant.
Some of the possible treatment options for PCOS include:
Lifestyle Changes
It is common for women with PCOS to be overweight or obese. In these women, weight loss alone may help to regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce PCOS symptoms. Even a 10- to 15-pound weight loss can be helpful in making menstrual cycles more regular. Weight loss can also help with lowering cholesterol and improving insulin levels, thus reducing the levels of androgens and the accompanying side effects.
Some healthy eating tips to help manage your weight include:
  • Limiting the amount of processed foods and foods with added sugar
  • Increasing your intake of whole-grain products, fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.
These eating tips can help lower blood glucose (sugar) levels, improve the body's use of insulin, and help stabilize the hormone levels in your body. It is also important to exercise regularly to help keep your weight at a healthy level.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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