There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to the best birth control for PCOS
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders (hormonal imbalance) affecting over 10 million people around the world, and for some women, it can cause infertility and pain. The most common symptoms are painful, irregular periods, weight gain, hair loss, acne, mood changes, pelvic pain, etc. Some women with PCOS develop cysts on their ovaries, however, that is not always the case. Those looking for relief may be wondering what the best birth control for PCOS is.
At Dr. Lona Sasser Obstetrics & Gynecology, we know that PCOS is different for every woman and there is no one answer. Each patient has their own set of symptoms and experiences, so treatment is about focusing on how to manage the symptoms for each individual. We work closely and compassionately with our patients to find what the best birth control for PCOS is for them and their body.
If you’re struggling with PCOS and live in the Coral Springs, Florida area, schedule an appointment today to speak with one of our gynecologists.
Determining the best birth control for PCOS
There are many factors to take into account when deciding on what the best birth control for PCOS is for you: your symptoms, personal preferences, and overall individual health history. There are many different options to assess that can best suit your needs and help relieve your symptoms.
Some of the best options for birth control
Combined Hormonal Contraceptives (CHC):
Birth control that combines both the hormones estrogen and progestin are generally the most common type of birth control given to help manage PCOS symptoms because of how effective they are in regulating periods. If your symptoms are acne, irregular periods, and experiencing excess body hair, CHCs could be a great option for you.
However, if one of your symptoms is weight gain, or you’re already at risk for blood clots, CHCs may not be the best birth control in your case because they can exacerbate weight gain or put you at an even higher risk for blood clots. It’s important to note that it is best to discuss this with your gynecologist or health care practitioner.
CHC options include:
- Oral contraceptives
- Transdermal patch
- Intravaginal ring
If you don’t experience any of the androgenic symptoms (i.e. hair loss or increased body hair) the best birth control for your PCOS could be a progestin-only option like the Mirena IUD, the oral drug, Provera (medroxyprogesterone), or Depo-Provera which is administered as a shot every 3 months. Though, it also has its share of cons and risks.
The best birth control for you is determined in conversation with your healthcare provider
The options are quite extensive and there is no one answer for the best birth control for PCOS. If you are curious about what is best for you and are in the Coral Springs, Florida area, our team is happy to speak about this in depth, answer all your questions, and make sure you choose an option that is best for you and your body.
Schedule an appointment today and you’ll be one step closer to managing your symptoms.
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