Treating PCOS requires a highly personalized approach. Your doctor recommends treatments based on your symptoms, health history, and other needs. For example, if you want to get pregnant, your physician may prescribe drugs to induce ovulation or suggest another procedure to remove ovarian cysts or androgen-producing tissue.
However, if you aren’t planning on getting pregnant at the moment, your treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome may include hormonal birth control to regulate your periods. Hormonal contraceptives may also reduce acne and body hair growth.
Depending on your specific needs, your doctor might suggest insulin-sensitizing medicine like Metformin to increase your insulin sensitivity or medications to block androgens.
You might also benefit from lifestyle changes to support weight loss. For example, your body mass index and diet can affect hormone production, contributing to PCOS and other health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease.