Will My Polycystic Ovaries Go Away? Diagnosis and Treatment

You’ve been diagnosed with polycystic ovaries, and maybe you’re worried that you may not be able to get pregnant. Maybe you’re worried that things will never get better.

Do polycystic ovaries (PCOS) go away? What are your treatment options?

We’ll take you through how we treat polycystic ovaries, as well as provide practical and useful solutions to help your situation. You may potentially have a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). While PCOS cannot be cured, with proper care, its symptoms can be managed to improve your quality of life.

But first, some important notes: We have to first determine if you have polycystic ovaries or polycystic ovary syndrome.

How Do I Know If I Have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

Just because you have irregular cycles doesn’t mean you have PCOS. If you have a number of cysts on your ovaries, you have polycystic ovaries, but not necessarily PCOS. PCOS comes with other health issues, affecting both your reproductive system and hormonal system.

It’s only through a thorough exam of your symptoms and health history that we can reach a timely and accurate diagnosis.

Does PCOS Go Away Over Time?

What Can Be Done About My Polycystic Ovaries?

We’ll look at your situation to determine what will be appropriate. We might just monitor them for any changes. As always, a healthier lifestyle helps not only with your overall well-being, but it can also benefit your ovarian health.

If you’re new to starting an exercise routine, talk to us. We can show you great workouts that help you “ease into” new habits. Remember: You don’t have to start by running a 5K!

However, if you have polycystic ovary syndrome, the protocol is somewhat different.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) occurs when cysts develop along the outer edges of the ovaries. Do polycystic ovaries go away? As we mentioned earlier, there is no cure for PCOS, so they never completely go away.

But there are some things that can be done.

How We Help You Manage Your PCOS

If you are diagnosed with PCOS, there are different facets of symptom management for PCOS. We will work with you to help determine what is right for you. First, we need to know if you want to or are planning to become pregnant.

If you do NOT plan on becoming pregnant:

Hormonal Birth Control

We may use hormonal birth control such as:

  • The pill
  • Patches
  • IUD
  • Vaginal ring

Not only will this help regulate your menstrual cycle, but it can reduce acne flare ups–a troublesome symptom of PCOS.

Medicine to Control Insulin

Certain medicines, such as Metformin, help your body process insulin. This medicine can help you regain regular periods.

Medications to Block Androgens

Androgens are sex hormones. When medications block them, it can control your acne and excessive hair growth (called hirsutism).

Lifestyle Modifications

We can work with you to establish beneficial habits such as maintaining a nutritious diet and a healthy body weight.

If you DO plan on becoming pregnant:

Do you want to have a baby? Has starting a family always been a dream of yours? Getting pregnant with PCOS can be challenging, but is not impossible.

If you want to become pregnant, we’ll work with you to try such treatments as:

Changing diet and exercise habits

We mentioned this earlier, but these can help you lose weight. Losing weight can, in turn, reduce your symptoms. It also helps you avoid insulin resistance.

Medications that prompt ovulation

We’ll review the risks and benefits with you. These can increase the chances of having multiple births, and can even stimulate your ovaries too much.

When Accurate Diagnosis Counts: Trust Your Care to Chapel Hill OBGYN

Does PCOS go away? This depends upon getting an accurate and timely diagnosis to determine if PCOS is actually the cause. And we’ve helped hundreds of area women who have PCOS not only overcome symptoms, but also conceive.

See why we’ve been selected as the best OBGYN in the Triangle area. It’s because we really care about you and your health. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned, please contact us for an appointment.


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