For more information on PCOS, you can read how to recognize PCOS and also provided an explanation of the biochemical processes that lead to the symptoms.
Before we dive into treatments, here’s a quick review:
- A woman doesn’t ovulate regularly
- Her periods are irregular or absent
- She’s more likely to have acne & unwanted hair growth
- It’s more difficult for her to lose weight
- She is likely to have an insulin resistance and is at risk for developing diabetes
- She may have more challenges becoming pregnant
- She has a higher risk of abnormal uterine bleeding and endometrial cancer
- Birth Control Pills
- Mirena IUD
- DepoProvera hormone injections
All of these provide the necessary balance of progesterone that is lacking in women with PCOS because they aren’t ovulating consistently. Women with PCOS often go 3, 6, 12 or more months without a period, which increases their risk of developing abnormal bleeding later and abnormal cell growth in the uterus, placing them at risk of cancer of the lining of the uterus.
Though it might be tempting not to treat PCOS so that you can continue to skip periods, unless you’re taking a hormonal contraceptive or using an IUD, it’s very unsafe.