United States: A medication commonly used for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), associated with infertility, irregular periods cycle, weight gain or shedding problems, and other symptoms, has been rejected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for giving its approval. 

In the last century, there have been so many postulations and definitions of PCOS which isn’t being put to scrutiny, as well as a lack of research and diagnosis. 

Unique symptoms require unique solutions – Experts 

Symptoms also differ from one patient to another, so it is unlikely to expect one drug to aid all patients said Dr Heather Huddleston, a reproductive endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, and the director of UCSF PCOS Clinic. 

Therefore, those women suffering from PCOS and the physicians treating them have one say – they want better options for treatments, which mainly need to be based on the individual’s root cause. 

PCOS Treatment Struggles as Experts Suggest the Need for Individualized Care
PCOS Treatment Struggles as Experts Suggest the Need for Individualized Care

However, despite several calls for the development of better treatments, limited financial aid for PCOS research has caused a limited doctor base to provide a cure to its patients. 

Often, women with PCOS will resort to taking prescription medication that is not specifically approved for the treatment of the disorder but has been known to help relieve symptoms such as metabolic syndrome and diabetes. It can also be a very challenging process to navigate the insurance policies of off-label prescriptions, as NBC News reported. 

Tallene Hacatoryan, 31, a registered dietician from Orange County, California, said, “There’s no magic pill,” and, “There are too many components for there to be a one-size-fits-all treatment.” 

International guidelines for PCOS diet 

PCOS, which doesn’t have sufficient research, has been, but when it comes to suggesting the best diet for women with PCOS, various recent international guidelines have recommended a number of exercises and a healthy diet. 

Although it has not been proven that a particular diet helps in improving PCOS symptoms, according to some women, taking personalized lifestyle coaching has been proven helpful to them. 

Why is there limited research on PCOS? 

At the moment, PCOS ranks at the bottom among the other 315 medical conditions that get federal support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the budget for the financial year of 2024, around USD 10 million has been allocated for the research on PCOS. 

PCOS, which wasn’t a line item on the National Institute of Health’s budget until 2022, gets just the same amount of funding as a disease like bipolar disorder, as NBC News reported. 

Additionally, the condition is not shown as part of the USD 100 million that the Department of Health and Human Services has just now provided for research in those neglected areas of women’s health

PCOS is not included in the recent executive order of President Joe Biden to empower women’s health. Similarly, neither PCOS is talked about in the recent White House calls to fund the USD 12 billion women’s health research proposal. 

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