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Medical care for PCOS

Date :01-Nov-2019

Change in lifestyle has brought out an increase in health issues, especially for women. PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is an endocrine disorder found in women. Treatments can manage the symptoms of PCOS and lower down other health problems such as diabetes and heart diseases.

Specific treatments for PCOS depends on changing lifestyle and certain medications.

Make better habits

Eating healthy food and having regular exercise can ease out a lot of health problems. A doctor will recommend having a healthy living or lifestyle with an appropriate and healthy diet. Many women with PCOS are obese or overweight, and losing 5% to 10% of weight could help manage a few symptoms of PCOS. Processed sugary foods can increase the blood sugar level. Hence, it is recommended to reduce the consumption of processed or sugary foods such as cakes/pastries, desserts, and much more. Exercising on a daily basis can have a tremendous impact, especially for people with excess weight.

At times to regulate periods, doctors would suggest certain medications.

1.Birth control pills - Pills that contain estrogen and progestin can reduce the production of androgen and regulate estrogen. When hormones get regulated, it will directly have an impact on the related issues such as irregular periods, heavy periods, acne, and hair growth on the face and body. A skin patch or a vaginal ring is also given instead of birth control pills, and these can also help regulate periods. Birth control pills also help to lower the risk of cancer.
2. Progestin therapy - Consuming progestin can help regulate periods and can prevent cancer. Neither it helps to prevent pregnancy, nor it improves the androgen levels.

3. Laparoscopic drilling - The doctor will make small cuts in the abdomen and inserts a needle with an electrical current. The electrical currents will help to destroy the testosterone, which is produced in the ovaries. By destroying testosterone, the menstrual cycle can be regulated.

4. Weight loss - Certain medicines can help one lose weight when exercise and diet have failed. At times doctors would suggest surgery for obese people as all the other treatments may fail. If excess weight is managed, the menstrual cycle will be regulated.

At GIFT IVF, doctors provide the appropriate treatment for women with PCOS.

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