How do you treat PCOS?
First, realize that there is no FDA-approved treatment for PCOS. And, as such, health insurance is an absolute nightmare if you are trying to get an individual policy. Insurance companies don’t want to provide coverage to someone with an incurable disease that has no treatment. Fabulous, right?
PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is genetic and incurable. It’s incurable because we can’t change our genetics. It is treatable and manageable, however. Be leery of someone offering a cure.
I tend to think of PCOS as a body type. It is best treated with a certain lifestyle rather than just a pill. I also think of PCOS like it’s a cousin to diabetes. It has to do with insulin resistance and hormone levels.
Generally, the largest concern in the eyes of the patient are the side effects. I know those were my biggest concern. Side effects (aka symptoms of PCOS) include weight gain, facial hair growth, discolored skin, hair loss, holding water……it’s certainly not a condition that will make you prettier. It’s depressing being overweight, hairy and balding. That’s why it’s important to treat it. A girl’s gotta stay sane. Most physicians will start PCOS patients on Metformin. Many physicians agree that generic Metformin may not work as well as the brand-name–like Glucophage. Anyway, about 1,500 mg/day is standard. Your physician might prescribe you additional drugs depending on your particular case.
You’ll also need to eat well and exercise regularly, which you should be doing anyway. Many dieticians agree that the Low GI diet is a good one to follow.
When you’ve found the right treatment (right drug, right dosage, right lifestyle), you’ll start seeing results.
I take 1,500 mg/day of Metformin (generic) each day and I also elected to have a procedure done called Ovarian Drilling. My hair has mostly grown back, my skin is soft and evenly complected and I’ve lost about 50 pounds putting me back to just over the weight I was in high school. But, what worked for me might not work for you.