Regulating the menstrual cycle
There are several different aspects that the doctor might be trying to address, such as regulating your menstrual cycle. In case you aren’t keen on having babies in the near future, the doctor may prescribe you low-dose birth control pills that come with synthetic estrogen and progesterone.
The polycystic ovarian syndrome treatment works by decreasing the androgen level and they offer your body a break from the effects of estrogen. The upside is that this decreases your chances of having endometrial cancer and also takes care of the abnormal bleeding.
In case this kind of treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome doesn’t really seem to be appealing to you, you could also opt for taking progesterone for 10-14 days every month. This way your period will become regulated and you will be protected against endometrial cancer.
It is also possible that you will have to take metformin as polycystic ovarian syndrome treatment, a kind of oral medication for type 2 diabetes, in order to lower the insulin levels. This drug will improve your ovulation and you will end up having regular periods.
If you happen to have prediabetes, this medication will lower the progression of the illness and it also helps you lose weight if you have a strict diet and you do some exercise.
Help you ovulate
In case you would like to have babies sometime soon, you need medication that will help you ovulate. As a treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome you could be taking clomiphene citrate that is an oral anti-estrogen medication and you will need to take it in the first part of your menstrual cycle. In case this medication alone won’t turn out to be effective enough, the doctor may also advise you to take metformin as well.
If you have been taking these kinds of medication as polycystic ovarian syndrome treatment and you didn’t manage to get pregnant, the doctor could recommend you to use gonadotropins that are follicle stimulating hormones and luteinizing hormone and these are usually injected.
Reducing excessive hair growth
In order to decrease the androgen production and as treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome you might be using birth control pills, or another kind of medication known as spironolactone. This stops the effects of androgen on the skin. You should know that this drug could cause birth defects and it should be used along with a strong contraceptive.
Although it is a treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome you don’t want to be using it while being pregnant or while you are planning to become pregnant.
In case the medications taken as polycystic ovarian syndrome treatment don’t make it possible for you to get pregnant, there is also the option of having a surgery called laparoscopic ovarian drilling. Your doctor will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate.