More than 200,000 US cases per year
- Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Lab tests or imaging always required
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
The cause of polycystic ovary syndrome isn’t well understood, but may involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Symptoms include menstrual irregularity, excess hair growth, acne, and obesity.
Treatments include birth control pills to regularize periods, a medication called metformin to prevent diabetes, statins to control high cholesterol, hormones to increase fertility, and procedures to remove excess hair.
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.