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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome FAQ

Answering your top 12 questions about PCOS in detail. 

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), also referred to as polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a condition associated with hormone imbalances that may affect your overall health, appearance, and fertility. It may cause irregular periods, excess body hair, acne, obesity or weight gain, and other symptoms. PCOS affects 6 to 12% of women of childbearing age — that’s as many as 5 million women in the U.S. alone (1, 2).

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Is there a cure for PCOS?

Despite how common it is, PCOS is often misdiagnosed. There’s still a lot that we don’t understand about the syndrome, which is why you might go through years of appointments with different doctors before getting an accurate diagnosis (2, 3). Currently, there’s no cure for PCOS, but many people successfully manage their symptoms with a combination of lifestyle changes and medication (4).

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PCOS Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most frequently asked questions about PCOS, plus additional resources that may shine more light on this often-misunderstood condition.

Top 12 PCOS Questions

1. Does PCOS cause infertility?

2. Can I still get pregnant with PCOS?

3. How can I increase my chances of getting pregnant with PCOS?

4. Does PCOS cause pregnancy complications?

5. How is PCOS diagnosed?

6. What are the symptoms of PCOS?

7. What causes PCOS?

8. How do you treat PCOS?

9. Do I need to stop eating carbs to manage PCOS symptoms?

10. Will PCOS go away after menopause?

11. Does PCOS cause Type 2 Diabetes?

12. How do I stop binge eating if I have PCOS?

Everything You Need to Know About PCOS 

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Mathes WF, Brownley KA, Mo X, Bulik CM. The biology of binge eating. Appetite. 2009;52(3):545-553. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2009.03.005

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Greenwood EA, Pasch LA, Cedars MI, Huddleston HG. Obesity and depression are risk factors for future eating disorder-related attitudes and behaviors in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertil Steril. 2020;113(5):1039-1049. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2020.01.016

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Thannickal A, Brutocao C, Alsawas M, et al. Eating, sleeping and sexual function disorders in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2020;92(4):338-349. doi:10.1111/cen.14153

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