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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Treatment: Medicine

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Effect of Metformin on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

The most common medical treatment for PCOS is Metformin. In increasing insulin sensitivity in women with PCOS, metformin actually aids the body in regulating its cycle. It also acts as an aid to...

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Effect of Hormonal Birth Control on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Hormonal birth control is another common treatment for PCOS, however it tends to simply mask the symptoms, rather than actually attack the root of the problem as Metformin does. Women exhibiting...

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The most common medical treatment for PCOS is Metformin. This drug is used to increase insulin sensitivity and was initially developed for diabetics. In increasing insulin sensitivity in women with PCOS, metformin actually aids the body in regulating its cycle. It also acts as an aid to weightloss in overweight and obese women with PCOS.

Hormonal birth control is another common treatment for PCOS, however it tends to simply mask the symptoms, rather than actually attack the root of the problem as Metformin does. Women exhibiting hyperandrogenic manifestations, such as facial hair and adult acne tend to find some relief of symptoms with hormonal birth control. Recent small studies have shown that hormonal birth control can exacerbate insulin resistance, so whether or not it will be phased out in the future remains to be seen.

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