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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) (cont.)

PCOS Treatment

There are a number of treatments that have been shown to be effective in the treatment of PCOS. Treatment is dependent upon the stage of the woman's life and may be directed toward establishing regular menstrual cycles, controlling abnormal uterine bleeding, controlling excess hair growth, management of associated conditions such as insulin resistance, or promoting the chances of pregnancy when desired.

A number of medical conditions may be associated with PCOS, and treatment may be required that is directed at these co-existent conditions. Associated conditions that may require specific medical treatments include:

  • type 2 diabetes,

  • insulin resistance,

  • elevated blood pressure (hypertension),

  • heart disease,

  • obesity, and

  • elevated blood cholesterol and LDL ("bad" cholesterol) levels.

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