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How do medications treat polycystic ovary syndrome?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Medications like oral contraceptives and oral anti-estrogens work to deter polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Oral contraceptives help to control your androgen levels and lower your risk of cysts, bleeding, and cancer. Oral contraceptives can also help to block the androgen levels from growing extra hair on the face and body. Oral anti-androgen medications are not FDA-approved to treat PCOS but are effective in treating excess hair. In addition to these medications, your doctor may prescribe medication to manage coincidental diabetes

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