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Is There a Cure for PCOS?

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Updated June 09, 2014

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The short answer is no, there is no cure for PCOS. But it is a disease that is easily managed with lifestyle changes, and routine checkups with your doctor. Researchers aren’t quite sure what exactly causes PCOS. That being said, doing a quick search on the internet will give you lots of sites that promise a cure for PCOS. These sites sell supplements that will not increase your response to insulin or reverse your PCOS.

Managing PCOS

While there is no cure for PCOS, it can be managed by making a few adjustments in your lifestyle. There has been a tremendous amount of media coverage recently about the growing obesity epidemic and the need to change our diet and exercise habits. This is particularly true of women with PCOS because women with this syndrome are more prone to health complications related to their heart and blood sugar. They are more likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Having both of these factors puts woman with PCOS at a higher risk for having a heart attack or stroke.

While making changes to your diet and exercise habits will not cure PCOS, they can help reduce your risk for future health complications. You don’t need to completely eliminate one food type or another, but work to reduce the amount of sugar (white, processed sugar) and fat that you eat, and increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. You should also incorporate some form of regular exercise into your routine. Start slow and work your way up as you are able. Make sure to discuss with your doctor your new exercise plan.

Treating PCOS

Treating PCOS involves managing the symptoms and your particular goals. If you are bothered by an increase in hair growth or loss, acne or other physical symptom, there are medications, like spironolactone and the birth control pill, available to treat them. You can also take specific acne or hair loss medications as well.

If you aren’t getting a regular period, this can increase your risk for endometrial cancer. Taking the pill will cause your cycles to regulate, minimizing your risk. If you are trying to get pregnant, again, your gynecologist or infertility specialist can prescribe a treatment program to help you.

The important thing is to understand the syndrome and what your treatment goals are. Speak with your physician as necessary and make sure those goals are addressed.

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