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How is irregular bleeding from PCOS treated?

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."

Beyond that, treatment is individualized. For irregular uterine bleeding -- typically from lack of ovulation -- women with PCOS who aren’t looking to become pregnant are often prescribed oral contraceptives.

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