I’ve been diagnosed with PCOS. What can I do about it?

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If you have PCOS, you’re more likely to also have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other risk factors for heart disease. 50% – 70% of women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome will have insulin resistance or diabetes, and many women with PCOS are overweight or obese.

If you’re not trying to get pregnant, a birth control pill can help level out your hormones. You’ll notice the acne and facial hair will be reduced.

If you are trying to get pregnant, you may be prescribed clomiphene citrate or letrozole for 5 days early in your cycle. These medications work in about 80% of women, and the side effects (hot flashes, night sweats and mood changes) usually aren’t too severe and wind down after the medication has stopped.

Recent research suggests that clomiphene citrate is more effective than metformin for lowering your insulin production and your blood sugar. But for some women, metformin is still a good idea. Getting your insulin balanced can help you with losing weight, too. Did you know losing even 5% of your weight can help your body ovulate again? It can also improve the regularity of your periods, reduce your excess androgens, and help lower your blood pressure. Ask your doctor about what supports are available the next time you speak with them.

Keep reading and empower yourself! Even though it may feel harder some days than others, remember that your body still deserves to be loved.

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