What Is the Best Birth Control for PCOS?

Q:
What is the best birth control for PCOS?

A:
The best birth control for women PCOS is hormonal birth control (combination pills or oral contraceptives) that contains both estrogen and progestin can help rebalance the hormones, alleviating many of the symptoms.

Combination birth control pills all work the same way of preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg and thus preventing pregnancy.

Combination pills for PCOS include:

  • Alesse
  • April
  • Aranelle
  • Aviane
  • Enpresse
  • Estrostep
  • Lessina
  • Levlen
  • Levlite
  • Levora
  • Loestrin
  • Mircette
  • Natazia
  • Nordette
  • Lo/Orval
  • Ortho-Novum
  • Ortho Tri-Cyclen
  • Yasmin
  • Yaz

Some pills, such as Loestrin, have lower estrogen levels, which can reduce the severity of some side effects but may also be less effective against symptoms of PCOS.

Pills for painful periods
Women who get some relief from combination pills but continue to experience painful or heavy periods may wish to switch to the following pills that can make them have less frequent periods:

  • Lybrel
  • Seasonique
  • Seasonale

Minipills
Women who develop unpleasant side effects from taking a combination pill may wish to switch to a minipill.

In some cases, doctors recommend that women try a minipill first.

Women who smoke, who have a history of cardiovascular problems, who are very overweight, or who are diabetic may have fewer side effects with a progestin-only pill.

Combination and progestin-only pills are highly effective in preventing pregnancy.

Women with PCOS should talk to a doctor about the right amount of estrogen based on their symptoms and other risk factors.

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