With proper treatment, PCOS can be managed and your symptoms can be relieved. PCOS is a lifelong condition, and it can be treated according to the individual needs of each woman. Treatment depends on your symptoms and whether you want to become pregnant.
It is well known that the body's hormone balance can be upset by excessive body weight. Correcting the excessive weight can reverse sometimes the problem. Lowering insulin levels is a key to managing PCOS. Daily exercise improves the body's use of insulin. Polycystic ovary syndrome may be relieved by daily exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. In some women with PCOS, weight loss will lower insulin levels enough to allow ovulation to begin. It also may help relieve some of the symptoms of PCOS, such as less new hair growth and less risk of endometrial hyperplasia. Changes in the type of foods that is consumed may help lower insulin levels. Women with PCOS should decrease their intake of foods high in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are found in bread, pasta, potatoes, and foods that are sweet.
To treat irregular menstrual periods, the doctor may prescribe either the hormone progesterone or birth control pills. Women who wish to become pregnant may be given medications to help them ovulate. Some women with PCOS will be prescribed medication to lower their insulin levels. Doctor may also prescribe birth control pills and other medications to help slow the growth of new body hair. It may take a number of months before any results are evident. These medications likely will not remove hair that is already there but will prevent to be replaced by new one. Unwanted hair can be removed by electrolysis, or other hair removal methods.