Birth Control Pills in PCOS Treatment – Benefits, Risks & All You Need to Know

Birth control pills or oral contraceptive pills (OCP) can be used for long-term treatment in women with PCOS who are not planning pregnancy. These pills have been shown to help regulate many PCOS symptoms such as irregular periods, extra hair growth and acne. However, due to the association of PCOS with metabolic syndrome, there is a controversy regarding the risks versus benefits of birth control pills in women with PCOS. Many women experience various side effects as well as withdrawal effects of birth control pills. Dr Carolyn Alexander of Southern California Reproductive Center helps us understand the science behind use of birth control pills in PCOS treatment, the risks and benefits involved, and other alternatives touching upon recent research in hormone combinations more effective in PCOS management. PCOS patients advocates Lisa Rosenthal and Tatiana Alafouzo guide the discussion from the patient panel.

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