Ok...this is news to me. I was rx'd Demulen when I was first diagnosed with PCOS, and to say it 'didn't agree with me' would be an understatement. I stopped taking it (with Dr's permission), and then switched Dr's. My NEW doctor asked me if my mom had been given DES (a fertility drug used in the 60's.) I didn't know, so I asked my mom, and she said, 'Yes'...she HAD been given DES...(So I'm a DES Daughter - you'll find lots about DES Daughters online. Now some studies are looking at DES GRANDdaughters to see if problems related to the drug extend to the granddaughters...
ANYWAY...I was reading the INCIID FAQ on pcos (for the hundreth time) and saw this:
Are birth control pills safe for women and adolescents with PCOS?
Most doctors feel that oral contraceptives are safe for women with PCOS and may even provide some health benefits. Besides regulating menstruation, birth control pills can increase sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and thereby reduce circulating androgens. Different varieties may be more effective at reducing androgen levels and helping to clear acne.
Adolescents with irregular cycles should have an endocrine evaluation before being put on the pill.
Some concerns about using the pill include the possibility that it may contribute to insulin resistance, and that oral contraceptives containing ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone may not work effectively if taken at the same time as rosiglitazone maleate (Avandia), or pioglitazone hydrochloride (Actos). Use of birth control pills is also contraindicated in women who smoke and those who were exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) in utero.
Like I said...that's NEWS TO ME!