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Treatment

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that affects how the ovaries work.

Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome include irregular periods, facial hair and difficulty getting pregnant.

The main treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome is medicines for things like hair growth and irregular periods. Keeping a healthy weight also helps.

It's not clear what causes polycystic ovary syndrome, but it's thought to be linked to hormone problems.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome include irregular periods, facial hair and difficulty getting pregnant.

Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

If you have signs and symptoms of PCOS, they'll usually become apparent during your late teens or early 20s.

They can include:

PCOS is also associated with an increased risk of developing health problems in later life, such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome is medicines for things like hair growth and irregular periods. Keeping a healthy weight also helps.

Medical treatments

There's no cure for PCOS, but the symptoms can be treated. Speak to a GP if you think you may have the condition.

If you have PCOS and you're overweight, losing weight and eating a healthy, balanced diet can make some symptoms better.

Medications are also available to treat symptoms such as excessive hair growth, irregular periods and fertility problems.

If fertility medications are not effective, a simple surgical procedure called laparoscopic ovarian drilling (LOD) may be recommended.

This involves using heat or a laser to destroy the tissue in the ovaries that's producing androgens, such as testosterone.

With treatment, most women with PCOS are able to get pregnant.

Read more on the NHS website.

It's not clear what causes polycystic ovary syndrome, but it's thought to be linked to hormone problems.

Read more on the NHS website.