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Can I have PCOS even if my ovaries have been removed?

You can still have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) even if your ovaries have been removed because PCOS is a condition that not only affects the ovaries but also the adrenal gland and the regulation of insulin. However, without ovaries, the hyperandrogenic symptoms of PCOS are lessened.

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