Since there is no specific cure for PCOS, treatment focuses on managing PCOS symptoms and preventing long-term complications.
Some therapies may include:
Drug therapy - Including birth control pills to correct irregular menstrual cycles, insulin-sensitizing medications, fertility medications, weight loss pills and acne medications.
Cosmetic therapy - which can include treatments for hair removal and for clearing up acne.
Hormone replacement therapy may be prescribed to correct the hormone imbalance associated with PCOS.
Nutritional counseling is available to treat obesity and help alleviate insulin resistance.
Surgery to remove the ovaries or uterus (bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy or hysterectomy) is an option for women with severely symptomatic PCOS who do not want future pregnancies.
To stop the progression of hirsutism, most women should first be treated with hormones, typically with common birth control pills. Once the hormone treatment has taken full effect, electrolysis can be used to permanently remove any remaining hairs.
Facial creams, waxing and shaving are also helpful in reducing unwanted hair.