There is no cure for PCOS. The purpose of treatment is to correct the hormone imbalance and to minimize symptoms and complications.
Most people with PCOS are treated with some form of hormone therapy. Oral contraceptive pills (OCPs), with a combination of estrogen and progestin, are first-line therapy for hormone correction. This will normalize the menstrual cycle, decrease acne formation, and possibly decrease excess hair growth.
Some patients are started on Metformin, a medication that is used in diabetes, to help the body use nutrients better and control insulin levels. Your healthcare provider will help you determine if this option or other hormone options are best for you.
Other treatment methods, such as acne medicine and medicine to control insulin levels (usually in combination with OCPs), may help treat the other symptoms.
Lastly, maintaining a healthy weight can help to decrease effects of PCOS and minimize the risk of experiencing the complications, specifically high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. Regular exercise helps the body use insulin correctly and helps to lower blood sugar.