Treatment for PCOD

Apr 1, 2024


― Dr. Gaayatri Bala Chhabra Juneja- Gynaecologist & Obstetrician

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex condition that requires tailored treatment based on individual symptoms and needs. Here's a summary of how PCOS is managed and treated:

Non-Pregnancy Related Treatments

  • Lifestyle Changes: A healthy diet, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can positively impact insulin levels.
  • Hormonal Birth Control: Regulates menstrual cycles, improves acne, and reduces excess hair growth.
  • Insulin-Sensitizing Medication (e.g., Metformin): Helps manage insulin levels, which can improve menstrual cycles.
  • Medications to Block Androgens: Controls acne or hair growth.

Pregnancy-Related Treatments

  • Drugs to Induce Ovulation (e.g., Clomiphene, Letrozole): Stimulate ovulation, increasing chances of conception.
  • Surgery: Rarely performed, removes tissue in ovaries that produce androgen hormones to restore ovulation.
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): Assisted reproductive technology where eggs are fertilized outside the body and implanted into the uterus.

Management and Long-Term Outlook

  • PCOS doesn't have a cure, but symptoms can be managed effectively.
  • Symptoms may change over time, and some women become less aware of the condition.
  • Regular consultation with a healthcare provider is essential to adjust treatment as needed.

PCOS and Menopause

  • Hormonal changes during menopause often alleviate PCOS symptoms.
  • Even in menopause, if symptoms persist and affect quality of life, medical consultation is recommended.

Pregnancy with PCOS

  • Pregnancy is possible with PCOS, though it might be challenging.
  • PCOS increases the risk of certain pregnancy complications.
  • Healthcare providers can create personalized treatment plans to improve ovulation and enhance chances of a healthy pregnancy.


  • There's no proven method to prevent PCOS, but lifestyle modifications such as healthy eating, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can help manage symptoms.

Overall, PCOS management involves a combination of medical interventions, lifestyle adjustments, and ongoing monitoring by healthcare providers to optimize outcomes and improve quality of life.