How is polycystic ovary syndrome treated?

Dr. Ruby Shrestha discusses how polycystic ovary syndrome is treated. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How is polycystic ovary syndrome treated?

There is no cure for polycystic ovarian syndrome that we know of, but if the obesity is the cause, then, yes. You know, losing weight can actually regress it back to normal. So, there's that, but other than that not really a cure for polycystic ovarian syndrome. What we actually do is we take care of the symptoms pretty much. If the increased male hormone is the issue, then you treat that with medication. If period being irregular is the issue, then we treat that with the medication. Or if the other thing is if you ... lifestyle changes, eating healthy, exercise. Those can actually help to cure, I would say. Or to make it better, improve the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome. But there's no exact cure for polycystic ovarian syndrome.


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) doesn’t have a cure, but the symptoms of the condition can be treated, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon (HHS).

For example:

  • Birth control pills – Taking these can help you have a regular period, reduce male hormones, and clear acne.
  • Weight loss – Diet and exercise can help you lose weight, which can help improve and even eliminate the symptoms of PCOS over time, Premier Physician NetworkOff Site Icon (PPN) physicians say.

For more information about how PCOS is treated, talk with your doctor.

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