25 Surprising Facts About Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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Certain medications can also help treat PCOS.

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Women who want to treat PCOS symptoms can go on hormonal birth control. Hormonal birth control methods include the pill, the patch, the shot, the ring, and the IUD. It is recommended for people with PCOS to take birth control with estrogen and progesterone because these hormones help regulate common PCOS symptoms according to the Office on Women’s Health. The benefits include regulating your menstrual cycle, lowering the risk of endometrial cancer, improving acne, and reducing hair on the face and the body. Women with PCOS can also take anti-androgen medicine to reduce hair loss in the scalp, hair growth on the face and body and acne. They can also take Metformin to treat type 2 diabetes and other PCOS symptoms, such as weight gain and high cholesterol.

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