Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - Home Treatment
Home treatment measures can help you
manage the symptoms of
polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and live a healthy
Weight control or weight loss lowers
your risks for
high blood pressure (hypertension), and
high cholesterol.3 A modest
weight loss can improve high
androgen and high insulin levels and infertility.
Weight loss of as little as 5% to 7% over 6 months can reduce androgen levels
enough to restore ovulation and fertility in more than 75% of women who have
- Lose weight. Reaching a healthy weight
improves your health and prevents long-term health problems. Being more active
and eating healthy foods are key parts of weight control. Your age,
metabolism, and genetics also play an important role
in how you gain and lose weight.
- Exercise. Make
physical activity a regular and essential part of your life. Choose
fitness activities that are right for you to help
boost your motivation. Walking is one of the best activities. Having a walking
or exercise partner that you can count on can also be a great way to stay
- Eat a balanced diet. A balanced, healthy diet that
includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products
supplies your body's nutritional needs, satisfies your hunger, and decreases
your cravings. And a healthy diet makes you feel better and have more
- Stay at a healthy body weight. A healthy weight is one
at which you feel good about yourself, have energy for work and play, and can
manage your PCOS symptoms.
- If you smoke, consider quitting. Women
who smoke have higher levels of androgens than women who don't smoke.1Smoking also increases the risk for heart disease.
For helpful information, see:
- Fitness: Walking for wellness
Acne treatment may include
nonprescription or prescription medicines that you put on your skin (topical)
or take by mouth (oral). Some women notice an improvement in their acne after
using estrogen-progestin hormone pills. For more information, see the topic
Excess hair growth (hirsutism) slows when high androgen levels decrease. In the
meantime, you can remove or treat unwanted hair with:
- Laser hair removal, in which the hair follicle
is destroyed by a laser beam.
- Electrolysis, in which your hair is
permanently removed by electric current applied to the hair
- Depilatories, which are chemical hair removal products
applied to the skin.
- Waxing, which pulls the hair out by the
Hair removal methods differ in cost and long-term
effectiveness. Before trying one, ask your doctor about risks of infection and