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Does polycystic ovary syndrome affect children differently than adults?

While polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can be present from birth, it usually does not manifest symptoms until after your first menstrual cycle. PCOS can result from an early and excessive exposure to androgen while a child is still in the womb. If your child begins to experience the symptoms of PCOS in their teen years, this can be a cause of much distress for her. Since PCOS often causes heavy acne and extra hair growth, your child may not know how to deal with the condition. You can help your child by providing them with the medications and skin care they need to treat their PCOS.

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