When a healthy diet and regular exercise aren't enough, medications can make losing weight easier. Different drugs work in different ways. For example, orlistat (Alli, Xenical) stops your body from digesting some of the fat in your food, so it may also improve your cholesterol levels. Lorcaserin (Belviq) makes you feel less hungry. Your doctor will prescribe the medication they think will be the most successful for you.
One of the biggest challenges in reviewing the evidence for PCOS treatment is that many manifestations of the condition may be components of other disease processes. For example, there may be a study of medications that are useful for hirsutism, but the patient population in the study did not explicitly have PCOS. Thus, recommendations specific for treating symptoms of PCOS may be lacking. When reviewing a study of the treatment of insulin resistance in a general population, it cannot be assumed that the outcomes would mirror those in women with PCOS.
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If you’re overweight, many of symptoms will improve if you can lose just a little. Dropping just 5 to 10% of your body weight (9 to 18 pounds if you now weigh 180) can make your body more sensitive to insulin (reducing the insulin resistance behind PCOS), lead to more regular menstrual cycles, and could even help control severe acne and excess hair growth,1 according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
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Metformin is among one of the main treatments to target insulin resistance if you have prediabetes or diabetes, including because of PCOS. The advice is controversial, but some physicians believe that PCOS always requires metformin, notes Dr. Dunaif. “There’s no reason to give every woman with PCOS metformin. It’s a good and safe drug, but there’s no point in taking it if you don’t need it,” she says. (She notes that it has such a good safety profile that even when overprescribed, it doesn’t cause any harm.) But it’s not a good way to reduce the male hormone symptoms, like excess hair growth.
Gerhard I, Patek A, et al.  Randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial. Ninety-six women with fertility disorders and confirmed infertility (2 years). Vitex agnus-castus 32.4 mg/d in the commercial preparation Mastodynon® liquid extract produced by Bionorica, Germany. Spontaneous menstruation, luteal phase length, serum hormone concentrations and pregnancy rates. Non-significant improvement in clinical parameters in 57.6% of women in treatment group versus 36.0% in placebo group, P = 0.069. Numbers too small for statistical significance in clinical outcomes.
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New evidence suggests that using medications that lower insulin levels in the blood may be effective in restoring menstruation and reducing some of the health risks associated with PCOS. Lowering insulin levels also helps to reduce the production of testosterone, thus diminishing many of the symptoms associated with excess testosterone: hair growth on the body, alopecia (scalp hair loss), acne and possibly cardiovascular risk.
Side effects: This herb is safe for short term use and can cause digestive issues or possible a rash when in contact with the skin. You should not take this herb if you have any type of bleeding disorder because it might slow the process of blood clotting. Peony is also not recommended for women who are pregnant because it might cause uterine contractions.
Clomiphene is an ovulation induction agent that has been used and studied in patients with and without PCOS.6–8,15,35,36 Studies have found that letrozole (Femara) regulates ovulation and improves pregnancy rates in women with PCOS6,37,38; however, this use is controversial because the drug is FDA pregnancy category D. It is embryotoxic and fetotoxic in animal studies, and there are no studies in pregnant women.
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A malfunction of the body's blood sugar control system (insulin system) is frequent in women with PCOS, who often have insulin resistance and elevated blood insulin levels. Researchers believe that these abnormalities may be related to the development of PCOS. It is also known that the ovaries of women with PCOS produce excess amounts of male hormones known as androgens. This excessive production of male hormones may be a result of or related to the abnormalities in insulin production.
PCOS has no cure. Treatment may involve lifestyle changes such as weight loss and exercise. Birth control pills may help with improving the regularity of periods, excess hair growth, and acne. Metformin and anti-androgens may also help. Other typical acne treatments and hair removal techniques may be used. Efforts to improve fertility include weight loss, clomiphene, or metformin. In vitro fertilization is used by some in whom other measures are not effective.