Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association, Inc.


Quality of LIFE is our passion.

Serving the PCOS web community
with information and connections.

›››  Go to newsletters

PCOS Medical Treatments

PCOSupport advocates for the overall treatment of PCOS as an underlying hormonal condition that causes some or many symptoms. We support the treatment of symptoms, but stress that it is important not to treat only the symptoms without addressing the underlying hormonal issues. Treatment of symptoms only, can be a mask for the serious condition that exists beneath the surface. The root of the problem must be addressed to avoid progression of PCOS to frank diabetes, endometrial cancer, or other threatening illnesses.

We recommend that you consult with a medical practitioner that is well-versed in not only symptomatic treatment, but also knowledgeable about the cause. A team approach is suggested. A medical endocrinologist ideally leads this team, coordinating with an ob/gyn or reproductive endocrinologist, dermatologist, nutrition specialist, exercise physiologist and aesthetician. Other combinations of medical practitioners may also be successful, depending upon your individual needs.

To locate a medical endocrinologist with expertise in the field of PCOS, visit AACE Physician Finder and enter information about your location. Select "PCOS" as a specialty from the drop-down list.

PCOSupport encourages the use of controlled-carbohydrate diet, exercise and movement as a first-line of treatment for PCOS with medical and surgical protocols in support of overall health or symptomatic relief when needed.

When needed, a variety of medications and surgical therapies may typically used. We recommend that you consult with your medical team to determine the best plan for you.

Comprehensive Treatments

  • Insulin Sensitizers: Metformin (Glucophage), Glitazones (Rosiglitazone/Avandia, Pioglitazone/Actos)

Symptomatic Treatments

  • Anti-Androgens: Spironolactone (Aldactone), Cyproterone acetate, Flutamide (Eulexin), Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar)
  • Anti-Obesity Drugs: Orlistat (Xenical), Sibutramine (Meridia)
  • Fertility agents: Clomiphene citrate (Clomid, Serophene), Gonadotropin injections, hCG (human choriuionic goinadotropin), GnRH Lutrepulse
  • Pregnancy: IVF (in-vitro fertilization)
  • Steroid hormones: Oral contraceptives (birth control pills), Progesterone (bioidentical), Estrogens, and Corticosteroids
  • Surgery: Ovarian drilling, Oophorectomy and hysterectomy

Non-Western Treatments

  • Acupuncture, Chinese medicine