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Polycystic ovarian syndrome treatment

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can’t be cured, but you and your doctor can manage many of the symptoms.

The treatment you will have depends on the main problems you face.

If you are worried about your fertility or about irregular periods, then speak to your doctor about the many different approaches you can take.

If you are worried about acne and excess hair, there are cosmetic treatments and medical treatments that can help.

No matter what the issue, being healthy is important. Eating a healthy diet and getting some regular exercise can help many of the physical and emotional problems caused by PCOS.

Exercise can improve your mental health, and losing even a small amount of weight can help regulate your periods, improve your chance of becoming pregnant and reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

It’s important to have regular health checks because of your increased risk of developing health problems later in life.

Talk to your doctor if you need help to control your weight. Your doctor can refer you to the right health professional for your situation, such as a dietitian or exercise specialist.

For more information on PCOS visit the Jean Hailes for Women’s Health website or call them on 1800 JEAN HAILES (532 642).


Jean Hailes (Polycystic ovary syndrome), MyDr (Polycystic ovary syndrome)

Last reviewed: November 2016

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