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Polycystic ovarian syndrome
Symptoms may include irregular, heavy or completely absent periods, excessive facial or body hair, acne, skin tags (growths from the skin), decreased sex drive and excess male hormones.
In most cases, an underlying cause of PCOS is resistance to insulin. Insulin resistance is typically caused by obesity.
Marshfield Clinic has specialists trained in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition in adolescents.
In some cases, diet and exercise that leads to weight loss can help support hormonal balance.
Your doctor may prescribe certain drugs to control the symptoms of PCOS.
If this is a medical emergency, call 911.
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