Dr. Dawn Ericsson, M.D.

Dr. E’s Women’s Health Update:  Can hormone replacement therapy treat PCOS?
Young women facing this persistent health threat may find relief with HRT.

Hello friends, 

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. It is characterized by various symptoms, including irregular menstrual cycles, excess androgen levels, and the presence of multiple small cysts on the ovaries. 

While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is not typically used as a primary treatment for PCOS, it can be considered in certain cases to help manage specific symptoms and associated complications. Here’s how hormone replacement therapy can potentially help in the management of PCOS:

Regulation of menstrual cycles:
Hormone replacement therapy, such as the use of combined estrogen-progestin birth control pills, can help regulate menstrual cycles in women with PCOS. These pills can help control and reduce the frequency of irregular or absent menstrual periods, as well as manage associated symptoms such as excessive bleeding or prolonged periods.
Reduction of androgen levels:
Some forms of hormone replacement therapy, particularly those containing anti-androgenic progestins, can help reduce the levels of androgens, such as testosterone, in the body. Lowering androgen levels can help alleviate symptoms associated with PCOS, such as acne, excess facial and body hair growth (hirsutism), and male-pattern hair loss (alopecia).
Management of associated symptoms:
Hormone replacement therapy can help manage various symptoms associated with PCOS, including mood swings, depression, and anxiety, which can be influenced by hormonal imbalances.
Fertility support:
In some cases, hormone replacement therapy, particularly when used in conjunction with other fertility treatments, may help improve fertility in women with PCOS by regulating ovulation and promoting regular menstrual cycles.

It is important to note that the use of hormone replacement therapy for PCOS should be carefully evaluated and prescribed by a healthcare provider, typically a gynecologist with expertise in managing hormonal disorders. As the Chief Medical Officer at Age Rejuvenation (and a Board Certified OBGYN) I can help tailor an individual approach tailored to a patient’s specific symptoms, health history, and fertility goals.  Lifestyle modifications, such as maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise, and a balanced diet are also crucial components of managing PCOS, and they should be incorporated alongside any medical interventions. Regular monitoring and follow-up care are essential to ensure the effectiveness and safety of hormone replacement therapy in the management of PCOS.

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