Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Help Manage PCOS?

PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a condition that causes irregular periods, issues with hair growth, infertility, polycystic ovaries, and numerous other health issues. The exact causes of PCOS remain unclear, but experts believe that irregular hormone levels, excess weight, inflammation, and genetics are all contributing factors. No cure currently exists for PCOS, but it can be managed effectively. Hormone replacement therapy helps with PCOS management, and you can understand how it works by continuing below.

How Do Hormone Issues Contribute to PCOS?

To understand how hormone therapy helps manage PCOS, we first need to look at the role hormones play in that condition. Up to 70% of those with PCOS are unaware that their condition is related to hormone issues, according to Northwell Health. As we noted in the introduction, one of the telltale signs of PCOS is an irregular period. Your periods may become irregular based on their duration and frequency.

So, why are you experiencing irregular periods? If you have PCOS, there’s a good chance a lack of progesterone is responsible for your period issues. Aside from regulating your periods, progesterone also supports your pregnancy. You may experience complications during pregnancy if your progesterone levels aren’t where they need to be.

The hormones known as androgens can also explain your PCOS symptoms. To be more specific, irregular androgen levels can lead to you growing hair in areas where you probably don’t want it. You may also lose hair from the top of your head due to your high androgen levels.

Alleviating symptoms is critical to effective PCOS management. Since hormones are responsible for many PCOS symptoms, the treatment options you try should account for that. Hormone therapy is among those treatment options.

How Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Alleviate PCOS Symptoms?

Now that we have a better idea of how hormones contribute to PCOS, the role of replacement therapy is easier to define. Are you experiencing irregular periods brought about by PCOS? If so, your service provider can address that issue by prescribing a pill, patch, or progesterone injection. Adding more progesterone to your body should normalize your menstrual cycle.

A contraceptive containing estrogen and progestin can also help with the hair issues brought about by androgen. The aforementioned contraceptive should stop your unwanted hair growth. Results from this particular form of hormone therapy may take a few months to emerge.

Hormone therapy can make managing PCOS significantly easier. Try it today if you’re seeking effective treatment for your condition. You can visit our clinic, Keystone Medical Wellness, if you’re interested in trying hormone replacement therapy for PCOS!

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