By Amy Engeler
At 3 a.m., with all the houses dark up and down her winding suburban street in West Warwick, Rhode Island, Jo-Ann Frey, 37, lights a candle so she can see well enough to dust her furniture. Careful not to turn on any lights or make noise that might wake up her family, she drifts from room to room with her candle and cleaning supplies, waiting until she feels sleepy enough to climb back into bed. That feeling doesn't come -- and when she hears the alarm in the bedroom go off...
If weight loss
alone doesn't start ovulation (or if you don't need to lose weight), your
doctor may have you try a medicine such as
clomiphene to help you start to ovulate.
If you aren't planning a pregnancy, you can
also use hormone therapy to help control your ovary hormones. To correct
menstrual cycle problems, birth control hormones keep your
endometrial lining from building up for too long. This
Hormone therapy also can help with
male-type hair growth and acne. Birth control pills,
patches, or vaginal rings are prescribed for hormone therapy. Androgen-lowering
spironolactone (Aldactone) is often used with
combined hormonal birth control. This helps with hair loss, acne, and
male-pattern hair growth on the face and body (hirsutism).
You can use other methods to treat acne and remove excess hair. For more information, see Home Treatment.
Taking hormones doesn't help with heart, blood
pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes risks. This is why exercise and a healthy
diet are key parts of your treatment.
If weight loss and medicine don't restart ovulation, you may want to try other treatments. For more information, see the topic Fertility Problems.
Regular checkups are important for catching any PCOS complications, such as
high blood pressure,
heart disease, and
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March 26, 2014
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