How is the excessive hair growth of PCOS treated?

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    Although genetic factors are believed to make certain women more susceptible to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Susan Davis, M.D., a UCLA endocrinologist, notes that lifestyle, including diet and exercise, plays an important role in its severity. In particular, excess weight exacerbates both the reproductive problems and the insulin resistance that is linked to diabetes. "Thus, weight loss through diet and exercise is one of the most important strategies to combat the effects of PCOS."

    Oral contraceptives, often in combination with an androgen blocker, spironolactone, can successfully address the effects of excessive hair growth and acne by inhibiting new hair growth. Electrolysis or laser therapy can be used to remove existing facial hair.
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