Letâs start with the hard truth. There is no cure for PCOS! Fact. However, it can be successfully treated via conventional medicine, or simply by a holistic lifestyle change.
The conventional medicine approach could involve birth control pills, used mainly for irregular periods and the reduction of male hormone levels. Clomid and gonadotropins are used to induce ovulation. While Clomid is an oral drug, gonadotropins are given as shots, but are more expensive and increase the incidence of multiple births compared to Clomid. The drug Femara, is also known to induce ovulation and is often compared with Clomid. While some studies indicate that Clomid is more effective, others imply the reverse. Femara is also known to have fewer side effects than Clomid (less vaginal dryness and thinning of the uterine lining). These side effects of are some of the reasons women who ovulate with Clomid do not conceive, as the consistency of the cervical mucus and the uterine lining both have a direct effect on conception. Whilst these are great short term treatment options, they should not be considered as a long term option. Research has shown that women who used clomid for more than 12 cycles developed an increased incidence of ovarian tumors.
A more medium to long term approach is the drug metformin, an oral antidiabetic drug which works mainly by suppressing insulin production. By controlling the blood sugar, it also helps with the ensuing weight gain. It also lowers testosterone levels. On its own, it does not bring on ovulation, but by controlling the symptoms which impede this ovulation, fertility could be enhanced, even if only marginally.
The holistic lifestyle change largely involves diet, as discussed in the next sub-section. Basically, it is all about sugar regulation.
The importance of consuming only the right foods that will not encourage elevated blood sugar levels cannot be overemphasised. Whilst diet is a very important aspect to tackling PCOS, other important lifestyle changes include regular exercise and stress level management.
Supplements & Alternative Medicine
For me, I have found some supplements have helped greatly manage my PCOS symptoms.
GNLDâs Feminine Herbal Complex, as well as Pregnacare Conception really helped. Even though neither one of them led to a pregnancy for me, but it helped me with the excess weight I was carrying, the water retention, and even with my hair loss. Other gems are the PAX Herbal supplements, and also the moringa leaf. If you are looking for overall PCOS management, I would recommend those.
It is critical to bear in mind that PCOS MUST be well managed…even if fertility is not you’re your priority. Unmanaged, it can progress to diabetes, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and can also result in certain forms of cancer.