From its first year of publication, GH has urged readers to live healthfully
— to take "a walk before breakfast" (1885), "eat more fish" (1932), and get "at
least eight hours of sleep" (1933). The tips here, whether from our early days
or fresh from the latest journals, have one thing in common: They are based on
the best expertise of their time.
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.