Is there a cure for polycystic ovary syndrome?

Mark Perloe, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
No, PCOS can not be cured. PCOS is a condition that is the combined result of lifestyle and genetic predisposition.

You can not change your genetic predisposition to develop PCOS, but by maintaining a low glycemic diet, and exercising regularly, you may reduce or eliminate the symtpoms and risks associated with this conditon.
As of now, researchers are still trying to discover both the cause and the cure for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In the meantime, there are many ways that you can try to manage the symptoms of this condition and prevent its progression. Since excess insulin and androgen levels are sometimes a factor in PCOS, try to limit your sugar and carbohydrate intake. If you have a family history of the condition or have an accompanying illness like diabetes, talk to your doctor about frequent checkups for PCOS. Also, take any medication as directed in order to control your menstrual cycle and PCOS symptoms.

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There are many key areas in the field of female reproductive system health, including menstruation, pregnancy, fertility, and menopause. As a woman, you may be concerned about other issues related to your sexual health, including ...

genital problems and sexually transmitted diseases. If you are a female that is sexually active, or over the age of 18, it is important to begin seeing a womans' health specialist in order to make sure that your reproductive system stays healthy. Before that, any concerns with menstruation should be addressed with a physician. As you get older, most women become concerned with issues pertaining to avoiding or achieving pregnancy, until menopause begins around age 50.

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